Final – Part 2: Original Narrative Analysis
Overview / Instructions
As you’ve no doubt noticed, in each of our Weekly Lessons I have not only presented definitions and explanations of important narrative concepts; I have also used the literary narratives we’re reading as examples that help illustrate the week’s featured concepts and topics. For example, in Lesson 1, I wrote about how the narrative in “Business Deal” works to tell its story in ways that arouse our sense of conflict and expectation. With this in mind, your job in this part of our Final will be to decide how the new literary text provided here could be used as an additional, effective example of the narrative concepts covered in two of our Weekly Lessons.
Step 1) Start by carefully reading and studying Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s short literary narrative, “The Boundary” (2018):
“The Boundary” | The New Yorker.pdf
[You can also listen to Lahiri read her literary narrative here: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/29/the-boundary (Links to an external site.)]
Step 2) Choose and review two of the following Weekly Lessons that you find particularly relevant and that help you comprehend and appreciate Lahiri’s narrative:
Lesson 1: Narrative vs. Story (Conflict, Expectations, Information)
Lesson 2: Narrative vs. Story (Plot)
Lesson 3: Narrative vs. Story (Perspective)
Lesson 4: Storyworlds & Narrative Gaps
Lesson 5: Flat vs. Round Characters
Lesson 6: Narrators & Narration (An Introduction)
Lesson 10: Framing Narratives & Embedded Narratives
Step 3) Compose a short analysis (4-6 paragraphs) in which you explain which two Weekly Lessons you find most helpful to your understanding of “The Boundary” and make the case for using Lahiri’s narrative as an effective example that would help BUS 3920: Exploring Literary Narratives students understand specific concepts covered in those Weekly Lessons.
Expectations & Tips
- Keep in mind that your primary goal is to synthesize and make clear connections between what you observe while studying “The Boundary” and the narrative concepts from your chosen Weekly Lessons. You should not simply define or review the concepts Weekly Lessons and then simply claim that Lahiri’s narrative provides an example. Instead, you want to show how the specific concepts help you (and potentially, other students) understand how specific aspects of the narrative of “The Boundary” work and operate.
- While this isn’t supposed to be a formal “English-major-esque” literary analysis (remember, you’re basically writing to me as your intended audience), you are making an argument and therefore need to provide clear and specific details, examples, and evidence from “The Boundary” and the relevant Weekly Lessons. You should also convey a clear sense of purpose and organize your thoughts in a tidy, logical way (with an introduction, body, conclusion).
- You should summarize and paraphrase useful content from both “The Boundary” and the Weekly Lesson. You can also directly quote from “The Boundary” as needed.
As with all of our course assignments, the Final Assignment activities can and should be approached as “open book.” While you’ll benefit from reviewing and studying the course lessons and your prior reading and writing assignments, you should use all of the course resources available to you as you complete the final. However, you should not conduct any outside/internet research or include any writing or ideas from any outside sources. When drawing upon concepts or terms discussed in the course lessons, please paraphrase these concepts/terms in your own words.