Summary of Essays

Write at least a three-page essay using some of the ideas from either Orientalism or Not You/Like You as a lens for one of the texts we have read. You can choose a passage from any of the poems, the novel, or even the excerpt from A Passage to India. You will probably not want to include EVERYTHING each author says, but you may give a sense of the scope of the texts you are using. Do not be afraid to acknowledge what remains bewildering to you, despite your own close reading. Does it seem to you that there are facets of our values, our understandings of the world in which we live, and our human response to it, which these works leave out in their depiction or accounting? How do the articles illuminate your understanding of the text? How do they make you see it differently? What kind of lens is the article providing for you in order to look at the poem? Pay close attention to the organization of your essay there might be several different tasks that require different sections. One of these tasks might be a short, focused summary of one or both of the texts.