Take-Home Midterm Paper & Seminar #4
HUM 211 MIC/WIC - Fall 2007 - Prof. Cora Agatucci
See Fall 2007 HUM 211
Course Plan - Week #5
COURSE GRADING & related policies: See Fall 2007 HUM 211 Syllabus
Midterm has two parts, each part offering you topic
designed to help you achieve key HUM 211 course learning outcomes.
|HUM 211 Take-Home Midterm Paper
- Final Draft basic requirements:
Suggested Length of Midterm Parts I and II combined, is about 1000 words, or about 5 typed/ wordprocessed double-spaced pages following Manuscript Form requirements described below.
Final Draft of Take-Home Midterm Paper must:
| MLA style
heading on page 1:
Garcia (your name)
. . . and provide MLA-style running page headers on 2nd & all subsequent pages:
MIDTERM PART 1
Suggested Length: 2-to-3 word-processed, double-spaced pages (about 500 words)
written on ONE of the following topics:
Topic 1.A. Cross Cultural Study
Recommend three guidelines that you believe important for productive cross-cultural study of African works. Draw upon course handout readings, as well as class/Seminar discussions and your own HUM 211 learning experiences thus far studying African culture and creative works (e.g. oral arts & film), to define and develop your guidelines. Be sure to explain why you believe each of your guidelines is important, and be sure to illustrate how you have tried to apply each of your guidelines in your own HUM 211 studies of African works thus far.
Topic 1.B. Traditional African Oral Arts
Explain and illustrate three characteristics of traditional African oral arts (e.g. power of the (spoken) word, orality (vs. literacy), call-and-response, praise names, praise songs, proverb wisdom, griot tradition, oral epic, etc.). Be sure to define and illustrate each characteristic, providing background information and specific examples, properly cited, from relevant African works and HUM 211 course materials. You are also encouraged to use relevant Seminar prep. and class discussion to develop your response.
MIDTERM PART 2
Suggested Length: 2 -to-3 word-processed, double-spaced pages (about 500 words)
written on ONE of the following topics:
Topic 2.A. Keita: The Heritage of the Griot
Analyze two significant aspects of the film (e.g. parallel stories, griots past and present, important themes or conflicts, key plot events, characters, the ending, etc.) that seem to you important in understanding Keita. Cite and interpret specific examples from the film and relevant HUM 211 course materials, to illustrate/support your points. Be sure to explain why the two film aspects you address seem important in helping us better understand/appreciate Keita: The Heritage of the Griot. You are also encouraged to use relevant Seminar prep. and class discussion in developing your response.
Topic 2.B. The African Holocaust and Diaspora
Stories of the African Holocaust and Diaspora have been told by Olaudah Equiano, Amistad web site and film, I Is a Long-Memoried Woman. Select relevant examples from at least two of these accounts in order to define and explain significant characteristics of the "African Holocaust and Diaspora.
Topic 2.C. I Is a Long Memoried Woman
Analyze at least two significant aspects of the film (e.g. title, scene, poem, theme, image, character, Nichols' commentary, etc.) that seem to you important in understanding I Is a Long Memoried Woman. Cite and interpret specific examples from the film/poetry, using relevant HUM 211 course materials, to illustrate/support your points. Be sure to explain why the two film aspects you address are important to helping us better understand/appreciate I Is a Long-Memoried Woman.
HUM 211 Midterm Paper Citation Guidelines
Cite Your Sources & Avoid Plagiarism!!
General Advice: In your Midterm Paper, you will need to develop, support and illustrate key points clearly and persuasively with well-selected citations (quotations, paraphrases, summaries) from relevant HUM 211 course materials, as indicated in Midterm directions & topic choices, You are also trying to demonstrate to Cora and your other HUM 211 readers that you have diligently prepared for class (e.g. by doing all the assigned readings, Seminar preps, etc.), regularly and actively attended to in-class discussions & activities - and can draw upon this background knowledgeably to help you thoughtfully develop and persuasively support key points made in Parts I and II of your Midterm Paper.
· Select and cite relevant "evidence" from sources that best support and illustrate your points.
· Beware of the impulse to give long quotations! Quote and/or paraphrase only as much of a source as needed and relevant to make your points.
· Interpret or explicate (explain) your citations. In general, all quotations and paraphrases should be accompanied by your interpretative commentary of what the citations mean and your explanation of how/why the cited passages relate to and support your points. Don't assume a quoted passage will speak for itself, for no two readers will necessarily interpret and understand a passage in exactly the same way you do. You may need to single out and explicate specific words or phrases within your citations to clarify how you are interpreting them and/or why they are relevant or important to your point.
· Do NOT give lengthy plot summaries of an assigned film or novel that we have all viewed or read together as a class. Summarize only as much of the plot needed, or only that part of the plot most relevant, to support or illustrate an interpretive point or explanation that you are presenting in your paper.
In-Text Citation - MLA Style Guidelines & Models: When you cite (quote, paraphrase, summarize) HUM 211 course sources in your Midterm Paper, you need to use MLA-style in-text citation practices to make clear to your HUM 211 readers which author/source you are citing.
Make clear which
author and source
you are citing:
e.g. integrate author
tags into your
especially when you
first introduce a source in your
Midterm Paper, when
you move on to a new
paragraph, and when
you are switching
back and forth
from two or more
the same paragraph.
You will also need
to cite page numbers
for quotations and
paraphrases if the
source has stable
and it is also helpful
to your readers to
indicate which part
of a source is being cited
While the film Keita: Heritage of the Griot does not depict what happened to Sundjata after he went into exile, most West African viewers would probably know the rest of the hero's epic story. Sundjata eventually overcame all obstacles and became king of the fabled Mali Empire ("Epic of Sundjata").
Historian James Giblin corrects the racist stereotype "that in the past African peoples lived in a state of primitive barbarism" ("Images of Africa & African History" 5). Giblin advises students to beware of "how Western conceptions of 'race' and 'racial' difference have influenced our notions of the African past" (4).
Torn from her African home and faced with the brutal realities of New World Caribbean slave life, the Long Memoried Woman decides she must look inside herself for a means to survive the trauma: "I must construct myself a dream/one dream is all I need to keep/me from the borders of this darkness" ("IIALMW Film Notes..." Part 2: "One Dream" online).
Djeliba and Mr. Fofano come into direct conflict over the education of Mabo Keita. Mabo is torn between these two: “I want to go to school, but I want the story to continue" (Keita Film Notes & Viewing Guide"; "Film Sequence and Scene Notes" sect. "17. Cut to Present: the Keita home").
Keita film director Dani Kouyate views modernity and tradition as "two parallel realities, and we are in between. And this is the problem. Sometimes we are traditional, sometimes we are modern without ever having achieved to integrate the two in an intelligent way. And this is why we have to take the bull by the horns" (Gavron and Reinwald, in "Keita Film Notes & Viewing Guide"; "Film Introduction" sect. "Director Dani Kouyaté & Griot Sotigui Kouyaté").
Catherine Ancholou, a Nigerian scholar, explains that Olaudah Equiano's slave narrative must be studied "to connect, to not forget, to remember, and to take responsibility for the actions of our forefathers” (“Olaudah Equiano” online).
In his account of the notorious Middle Passage from Africa to the New World, young Olaudah Equiano reports himself "overpowered with horror and anguish" by what he experienced when first taken aboard the European slave ship ("Olaudah Equiano," Ch. 2: online). Convinced that he was "to be eaten by those white men with horrible looks, red faces and long hair," Equiano was ready to commit suicide by throwing himself overboard.
Did you cite
only HUM 211
given above in your
Good!--then you do NOT need to provide a Works Cited (or bibliography) at the end of your Midterm Paper. However . . .
· Outside Sources: If you cite any "outside" sources - i.e. any sources that are not required HUM 211 reading/viewing and not, therefore, readily accessible to other HUM 211 students - you must not only follow the general in-text citation guidelines given above, but you will also need to provide complete bibliographical information on non-HUM 211 "outside" source/s in a Works Cited page placed at the end of your Midterm Paper. Please see Cora for assistance.
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