Sorry this is late. I have been under the weather for a few days.
For the final exam, I will most surely be prepared to talk about the following Main Texts (in no particular order):
Incidents In the Life of a Slave Girl (Jacobs)
How Can I Talk If My Lips Don’t Move? (Mukhopadhyay)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Yellow Wallpaper (Gilman)
Fun Home (Bechdel)
The God of Small Things (Roy)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde)
The Tell-Tale Heart (Poe)
The Buried Giant (Ishiguro)
Bartleby the Scrivener (Melville)
Leaves From the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian (Sui Sin Far)
Gwendolyn Brooks’ poems
Supplemental Reading Possibilities:
Theory: The Souls of Black Folk (DuBois) — for Incidents in the Life . . .
Theory: Liminality and Communitas (Turner) — for Fun Home
Theory: How To Interpret Literature (Parker) — For a number of books
Genre: Comics and Sequential Art (Eisner) — For Fun Home
Historical Context: Reflecting Violence in the Warpland: Gwendolyn Brooks’s “Riot” (Debo)
Historical Context: Some of Arundhati Roy’s non-fiction essays — for The God of Small Things
Historical Context/Genre: I’m looking for essays about Arthurian literature and how There is often a “Christ” representation. This would relate to The Dream of the Rood, Sir Gawain and The Buried Giant.
Flexibility and Modularity Plans:
- I can definitely combine Buried Giant and Sir Gawain for obvious reasons. Historical context.
- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl could be combined with The Yellow Wallpaper, as both contain a repressed female protagonist. Theory.
- Incidents can also be combined with Invisible Man and Gwendolyn Brooks poems. Historical context.
- The Tell-Tale Heart and The Yellow Wallpaper on madness. Genre/Theory.
- Sui Sin Far’s short story and Roy’s God of Small Things because the protagonists are young girls finding a balance between eastern and western cultures. This could be Genre (fiction about Asian girls) or used for historical context, since both present glimpses into real worlds. Amy Tan would fit nicely here too.
- Fun Home and The Importance of Being Earnest. This would be Theory. Both speak of sexual identity and identity repression. I wonder If I could reference the sexual identities of both authors, and, if so, how?