Paper Prompts

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Prompt ONE:

Both Hamlet and Real World represent youthful characters involved in dramatic situations.

Compare these two texts in terms of the ways they construct Youth as a cultural category by identifying and discussing both their SOCIAL CONTENT (i.e., social values specific to their respective historical contexts) and NARRATIVE DISCOURSE (i.e., particular formal techniques, structure).

In other words, how do Shakespeare and Kirino use that SOCIAL CONTENT and NARRATIVE DISCOURSE to construct YOUTH as a cultural category?

Prompt TWO:

Compare either Hamlet or Real World with your understanding of the social experience of YOUTH. How do specific aspects of that experience (ex. the boundaries and demands of group membership, the relations between youth and parent culture, the influence of categories of identity such as race, class, and gender, etc.) compare with the ways that Hamlet or Real World Construct YOUTH as a cultural category? Be sure to use both your own perspective and textual analysis as evidence for your arguments.

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Both Hamlet and The Girl represent youthful characters involved in dramatic situations.

Compare these two texts in terms of the ways they construct Youth as a cultural category by identifying and discussing both their SOCIAL CONTENT (i.e., social values specific to their respective historical contexts) and NARRATIVE DISCOURSE (i.e., particular formal techniques, structure).

In other words, how do Shakespeare and Le Sueur use that SOCIAL CONTENT and NARRATIVE DISCOURSE to construct YOUTH as a cultural category?

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Prompt ONE:

What does the key phrase “all that is solid melts into air” mean within its specific context in the Manifesto, and how does it relate to the post-Keynesian, neoliberal settlement that has enjoyed hegemony since the 1970s (and now seems to be fragmenting)? In what interesting and productive ways might it be evaluated in light of JG Ballard’s dystopian novel High-rise? You may also wish to address Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of Ballard’s novel, though should you do so please make liberal use of the critical vocabulary of film analysis that we have taken from Villarejo and Gibbs.

Prompt TWO:

Explain the significance of the phrase “all that is solid melts into air” within its specific context in the Manifesto and relate this critical metaphor to your own experience. In what specific ways does it describe the character of social life in capitalist modernity? Your goal is not only to elaborate the various meanings of Marx and Engels’s phrase, but to generalize from the particulars of your individual perspective. In other words, to attend to the ways in which the phrase addresses structure and affect.

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Explain the significance of the phrase “all that is solid melts into air” within its specific context in the Manifesto and relate this critical metaphor to your own experience. In what specific ways does it describe the character of social life in capitalist modernity? Your goal is not only to elaborate the various meanings of Marx and Engels’s phrase, but to generalize from the particulars of your individual perspective. In other words, to attend to the ways in which the phrase addresses structure and affect.