Some Suggestions for Last Paper for "International Women's Voices"
Choose a topic below and try to write 4-5 pages. Your paper may be comparative but must deal with at least one work on which you have not written before:
- 藉由閱讀小說，我們了解怎樣活下去、怎樣會活不下去、如何去分辨善惡、如何去結婚、如何變成他人的好友。人們如何透過對話來溝通與改變彼此，從我們之前讀過的作品， 選出你認為可以從中學到生活的不同層面的作品，並解釋原因。
The novel is a form of reading that often tells us how to live, how not to live; how to distinguish between good and evil; how to get married; how to be a good friend; how people communicate and change each other through dialogue. Choose any of the works we've read and explain specifically how the work or works taught you about some aspect of living.
- 小說常常邀我們參與家庭生活。其方式通常不是我們在閱讀小說之前就可以想像得到。從我們讀過的小說或短篇故事中，選出一篇以上的作品，解釋你如何嚮往/或討厭其中的家庭生活方式 — 而在讀這些作品之前，妳也許不熟悉這種家庭生活方式。
The novel often invites us to participate in family life in a way we might not have imagined prior to reading. Choose one or more of the novels or short stories and explain how you were or were not drawn into a style of family life that was unfamiliar or familiar to you before reading the novel.
- 我們讀過的小說和短篇故事裡, 很多都提到男女之間、母女之間、夫妻之間的權力關係。選一篇作品並且檢視作品中這些權力關係的意義和複雜程度，以及這些權力關係代表的文化
Many of the novels and short stories we have read concern power relationships between men and women, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives. Choose any of the works and examine the meaning and complexity of one or more of these relationships in the cultures they represent.
- 在《如此長信》和《不安之地》裡面，女性之間的友情特別重要。藉由何種方式，這些女性友情所依附的文化，得以呈現出這些女性友情的重要? 從那些方面可以看出這些友情也普遍存在?
Friendship among women is particularly important in So Long a Letter and Nervous Conditions. In what ways are the cultures in which these friendships are embedded an important aspect of these friendships? In what ways are they universal?
Think about the relationships among characters in any of the works we have read. What are the sex roles they represent? What is their social position within the family? What is their economic reality and their geographic and historical situation. In what way is this work distant from your experience? In what way is it close to your life experience?
- 在《不安之地》裡面，厭食症變成 Nyasha 對於無奈又強制的要求之逃避方式。請將這類要求跟在《如此長信》中類似的要求，作一比較。你同情這些角色嗎？原因是什麼？
In Nervous Conditions anorexia is an escape from competing and compelling demands on Nyasha. Compare those demands to the ones expressed in So Long a Letter. Do you sympathize with these characters? Why? Why not?
Many of these works allow the reader to connect political (post-colonial, governmental, economic) violence with gender violence. This violence is not necessarily physical, but also social, ethical or economic. Discuss.
Choose any of the thought questions distributed by the teaching groups or by me and use them as the basis for an essay.
Each person's identity is inextricably linked to history and culture. Pick one of the works and discuss what historical events are crucial to the story? This may include large social movements.