In the books we have read throughout this course, migratory labor links the development of individual characters to the development of collective identities in crucial ways. Using three books below write a 10pp. essay that makes a claim about how an aspect of the relationship between individual and collective identities is uniquely shaped or illuminated by labor oriented geographic mobility.
Your analysis must have a specific argument grounded in a focused theme that you back up with attention to literary technique. You could explore the connection between gender and dialogue, for example, or how a inter- generational drama relates to representations of historical change. Close reading is a must: paraphrasing, generalizing, and summarizing are not analyzing.
(1)Grapes of Wrath- John Steinbeck
- Maxine Kingston
(3)Jasmine- Bharati Mukherjee
(4)Masters of the Dew- JAcques Romaain
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Kingston, Maxine. China Men. New York: Vintage, 2002.
Mukherjee, Bharati. Jasmine. New York: Grove Press, 1989
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Penguin Classics, 1992