Midterm Research Paper
.Diverse and relevant topics
.Resourceful research: a variety of disciplines
.Analysis on point
.Engaged (and engaging) readings
.The extension (5 pages)
.Integrating secondary sources
.Understanding the goals of a LITERARY argumentative essay: to analyze a literary piece (not an opinion piece; not a sociological exposition)
.MLA Style Citation and Work Cited Page
*Revisions are due next Friday, 5/18 by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guatemalan descent, Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a nationally touring poet, educator, and bookseller from Boston, Massachusetts. She is 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion, a Brenda Mosley Video Slam Winner, and currently an MFA candidate at NYU’s poetry program.
Peluda explores the intersecting narratives of body image, hair removal, and Latina identity.
Reversing “the insult,” empowering women through poetry and spoken word videos
.In “You Know How To Say Arroz con Pollo but Not What You Are,” the poet points out the linguistic divide between her parents and her, as a first generation child. Expand on her complex relationship with the Spanish language.
.In “Origin Regime,” the poet tells the story of their parents as newly-arrived immigrants in the U.S., her family life, and her mom eventual beauty business. Thinking about all these interrelated elements how you interpret the last line of the poem: “we can see jor face now.”
.”Maybe She’s born with It” states that the poet’s mom could never get away from being the cleaning lady, even when she started working in the beauty business. Expand.
. In “Lip/ Stain/ Must/ Ache” and “AKA What Would Jessica Jones Do?” Lozada-Oliva presents two confronting versions of Latina womanhood inspired by examples from literature an TV. Explain.
. “My Hair Stays on Your Pillow” examines prejudices against Latinas and the self-doubts produced by whitewashing. Discuss.
.Explain the connection between the poet self-image and the following lines of “What if my Last Name”:
“she will get brown/ enough to be asked where is she/ from & this is how she will know/ she is different.”