For this final essay, I will use the book “Their Eyes Are Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. I want to use this book and with an application of the feminism methodology. I decided to use this book because throughout she is constantly learning life lessons. She learns lessons that help her grow as a woman and she stands up for herself in her skin as a woman. For this reason, I chose feminism because I believe that’s what feminism in literature is all about. Feminism in literature gives examples of another woman (or women). There are a lot of instances throughout this book where the men show their patriarchal visions where they feel powerful over women, I believe that the feminism criticism in Bressler’s essay touches on.
The final paper for the course will consist of a detailed application of one critical methodology to a literary text of your choice. Your goal is to use our selected methodology (feminism, psychoanalytic, theory, ecocriticism, etc.) to develop a persuasive and interesting reading of your selected primary text. Our course readings provide examples of this type of critical work throughout the course and can be used to model the kind of work you are required to produce in this final essay. Outside research is not required for this essay although you are free to use secondary sources as long as they are duly noted in proper bibliographic form.
Essays will be 6 1/2 pages in length (12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1” margins, double-spaced)