compare and contrast the culture in The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Story of King Shahrayar and Shahrazad from The Thousand and One Nights, and Genji
Write a that compares two or three literary works from different periods or cultures
Their generic form and conventions as related to or even as outcomes of their social, religious and political milieus OR a demonstration of the historical development of the genre.
Their mythic contents and functions in their cultures’ mythology.
including citations in MLA form. Suggestion: Review required text, Writing about Literature by Karen Gocsik.
The following offer examples of the types of topics you might expect for the final paper. Very likely, neither of these examples will be topics you will be allowed to write on.
Generic Topic Example
The Classic of Poetry and Sunjata both contain various types within the whole, and they were both composed or collected over a period of time. What seem to be the functions of the different types of poetry in Classic of Poetry and the praise poems, genealogies, narrative episodes and other genres within the epic of Sunjata ? What ideas are suggested about the emergence or existence of literary genres?
Mythic Topic Example
Monsters are a feature in myths, epics, and other literary works from all over the world. Compare and contrast the monsters in Gilgamesh, the Odyssey and the Ramayana. Explain what these non-human creatures represent in relation to the cultures of the narratives in which they appear and whether they have universal significance.
Books you should use: The Norton Anthology World of Literature