I will upload the 2 articles that go with this essay the instructions are:
Format: Your essay should be 4 pages double spaced, in a standard 12pt font with 1
inch margins. Papers must not exceed 4 pages.
Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is for you to work on the critical thinking
skills of summarizing, analyzing, evaluating and making arguments, while you build
your conceptual understanding of race and racism, whiteness and intersectionality.
Instructions: In this essay, you will summarize, analyze, and evaluate bell hooks
chapter entitled Representing Whiteness in the Black Imagination, which was
published in the edited volume Cultural Studies (edited by Lawrence Grossberg, Cary
Nelson, Paula Treichler. New York: Routledge, 1992). The chapter is available on our
course Moodle page on Week 7/Oct. 31.
In your essay, you will address the following questions in essay form. This means
beginning with a strong and clear thesis statement that is supported by well organized
paragraphs to a) tell your reader clearly what you think hooks primary point is, and b)
to explain how hooks approach is intersectional. Your essay will then go on to
illustrate your thesis by doing the following:

Introduction: Introduce the assignment and give your thesis. In the introductory
paragraph you might comment briefly on your own entry point into this material. Have
you ever thought about whiteness or white privilege before? Why does an
intersectional analysis matter? Be brief but try to engage your reader.
A) Summarize: What is the main argument of the article? The first section of your
essay should be a substantial summary of hooks arguments about whiteness.
Be certain to clearly define/explain all concepts that may not have initially been
clear to you. Your summary should be in your own words rather than direct
quotations (while still citing appropriately when paraphrasing and
summarizing). Do not try to summarize all of the detail but try instead to
reframe the key points in your own words.
B) Analyze: In thinking about other readings, lecture materials and concepts from
the course so far, consider how hooks approach is intersectional that is, how
she indicates that privilege and systemic oppression work through multiple
intersecting points of identity at the same time (e.g. gender and race and class
and nation).
C) Evaluate: In this section of the paper, provide your reflection on the way that
hooks is constructing whiteness. This is not the place to attempt to disavow
hooks arguments. Instead, listen to the complexity she presents. Does she defamiliarize
whiteness? Does she explain how structures of white supremacy
reproduce certain behaviors in white people? Were you surprised by her
constructions of white subjectivity?

Conclusion: Try to conclude with a summary of the argument you have elaborated on in
the paper. If possible relate your conclusion to your introductory remarks so that the
review is a comprehensive product.
DO NOT DO OUTSIDE RESEARCH. We want to know what you think about the ideas
presented by bell hooks. Outside research in this case would constitute academic
dishonesty because it would mean that you were not thinking for yourselves.
Format & Specifics:
Format & Specifics:
1. Length is four pages. This is not to be exceeded. Do not use a title page;
instead ensure your name and our course code appears on each page.
2. Use authors names (correctly) when referring to their ideas. And use the first
person (I) when referring to your own ideas. Writing this way makes it very
clear for your reader which ideas come from hooks, another reading in our course
and/or you. Use an authors last name (e.g. hooks argues It is hooks
position that.. I think she means.). Please note that bell hooks name is
not capitalized; i.e. it is bell hooks and NOT Bell Hooks. If you are wondering
why, Google her!
3. Font size and color: no larger than 12 point, standard font (Times New
Roman, Cambria), black.
4. Margins: standard 1 inch margins.
5. Citation style: Please use MLA citation style. Include a works cited page that
contains 2 entries hooks and any other articles you discuss (Citing course
lecture material is also okay). Do not use a title page.
6. Spelling and grammar count: Papers with obvious surface errors (spelling,
grammar, etc.) will be graded accordingly. Leave yourself enough time to
proofread your work and even ask a friend or family member to read it over to
make sure that your ideas come across clearly.