Research Paper (Due on Friday 5/4)
- Start by choosing a topic. (Example: parties in Junot Díaz’s “Aguantando” and “Fiesta, 1980”)
- Then narrow your topic in the form of a question. (What is the function of parties in Diaz’s fiction?)
- Draft a central claim or thesis statement. (Parties allows Diaz to expose family secrets, tensions, and disillusionment)
- Do the research: at least two sources, one academic -books, journals, peer review publication- and one from the internet (For more information, see guides on how to evaluate websites and other sources; and paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting sources.)
- Organize the research. (Introduction: question and thesis statements; Body Paragraphs: present evidence from primary and secondary sources; and Conclusion: summarize your arguments, and add a personal comment)
- Draft. See The Writing Process for drafting ideas, tips, and suggestions.
- Create your MLA bibliography, or works cited page. http://www.easybib.com/guides/citation-guides/mla-format/
- Revise your draft for content and organization.
- Edit and proofread your final draft.
Junot Díaz In His Own Words
Every voice counts: group discussion
The three two pages of “Fiesta, 1980” allows the reader to get a glimpse of Yunior’s family dynamic and where are the characters standing at this point in their life’s story. Expand. (23-5)
How would you describe Yunior’s dad? What effect he has on his children and wife? (25-27)
How every family member reacts once they arrive at the party. (30-34)
How the interaction with the other kids permits to learn about Yunior and Rafa’s personality apart from their parents?
What information emerges from the memory of the first day he met the Puerto Rican woman? (34-36)
Describe how the party evolves.
Yunior says that he and Rafa had gotten used to circumnavigate their dad’s affair. Explain. (39-40)
Why do you think Yunior tries to imagine his mom without his dad? (41)
Beyond the “smell of the upholstery” what other interpretation one can give to Yunior’s constant nausea and vomiting? (27-29, 43)
As presented by Mamadou Badiane:
As Badiane (argues, explains, shows, contends, holds, asserts, points out, etc.):
(Coinciding, agreeing, in accord, etc.) with Badiane:
As defined by Badiane (the Oxford dictionary; Wikipedia*; etc.):
*While convenient, Wikipedia goes unchecked for long periods of time. Trolls make jokes; Information tends to have mistakes or is insufficient, in brief, it is not the most reliable source.
As contextualize by Badiane:
“Even though it is true that the first Negrismo poets were white, and although as Jackson points out, they were more concerned with the external cultural expression of blacks, I do not think his reasoning explains Negrismo poetics. Although some of the first white poets did not deal with social problems in depth, this does not diminish the value of their poetic creation in any way. In addition to a style that is differentiated by the massive use of jitanjáfora, the treatment of black motifs was necessary to initiate a questioning of identity.” (102)
“Although some of the first white poets did not deal with social problems in depth, this does not diminish the value of their poetic creation in any way” (Badiane 102).