Erotic Truth Literature

Topics: Erotic Truth. Bechdel describes “erotic truth” as “a rather sweeping concept.” What does she mean by erotic truth? Using at least two other texts/films assigned for this class, one of which MUST BE FREUD, LACAN, OR PLATO, write an essay in which you explore the possible meanings of this phrase, “erotic truth” (as Bechdel seems to be using it). Length: 5-7 pages, typed, double-spaced. Citation: Use MLA format. Requirements: Thesis. Your essay must be governed by a thesis that (a) responds directly to the essay topic, (b) is arguable, and (c) is stated at the end of the first paragraph having clearly defined all the central terms. Textual Support. Your thesis must be supported by major interpretive claims (topic sentences) that are supported by at least one appropriate quote or allusion per body paragraph. Your ability to select, interpret, and apply the appropriate textual evidence is key to doing well with the essay. Additionally, you should illustrate your argument with at least one example drawn from your own life, observations, or engagement with other texts, movies, plays, etc. Reasoning. You must consistently use and apply logical reasoning in developing your thesis. Writing.Your essay must be written well. There should be no awkward sentences, rough transitions between paragraphs, incoherent paragraphs, extraneous information/unnecessary sentences, typos, or stylistic errors. Objectives: For this assignment, you will need to demonstrate your ability to apply the ideas in Freud, Plato, and Lacan to analyzing themes, ideas, characters, and actions in the “narrative” texts from the second half of the semester (Antigone, Hamlet, Fun Home, Between the World and Me) The successful paper will: Demonstrate a clear, sophisticated understanding of ideas developed in our analysis of Freud, Lacan, and Plato and be able to appropriately apply those ideas to an analysis of Antigone, Hamlet, Fun Home, and Between the World and Me. Will accurately represent the positions/ideas/themes/actions presented in The Odyssey, Fun Home, and Between the World and Me. Will choose appropriate quotes from Antigone, Hamlet, Fun Home, and Between the World and Me and effectively integrate them into the student’s own argument regarding the topic. Will state and develop a thesis in response to one of the assigned topics.

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