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Standard Research Paper

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Standard Research Paper

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Choose one or two topics covered in The Second Sex and research those topics in
relation to some non-European culture or ethnicity, past and present. You should think about
what general principles Beauvoir is trying to prove with her examples, and whether your
examples illustrate the validity or invalidity of those principles.

Dr. Peak
IH 851 !
Final Paper or Project !
Due: By the end of the day, December 10th — submit online to Turnitin through
Blackboard
Requirements: Your paper should be 5-7 pages long (some exceptions below), double-spaced,
and formatted in a standard format such as MLA, Chicago, or APA. !
This assignment is meant to fulfill course goals 4 and 5: !
4. Construct positions, arguments, and interpretations through textual analysis and evaluation.

5. Produce thoughtful writing that reflects persuasive position and the conventions of academic discourse !
As long as you are constructing a thoughtful, academic argument through textual analysis, you
may do so in several different ways. Below are your options; please ask if you have any questions. !
Option 1 — Standard Research Paper !
If you choose this option, you need to cite at least seven academic sources in addition to the
relevant class text. You have a choice of prompts, below. Choose one. !
– Prompt 1. Choose one or two topics covered in The Second Sex and research those topics in
relation to some non-European culture or ethnicity, past and present. You should think about
what general principles Beauvoir is trying to prove with her examples, and whether your
examples illustrate the validity or invalidity of those principles. !
– Prompt 2. Choose your own topic — the world is your oyster. Just run it by me first; your topic
should be equal in difficulty to the others listed here. !
Option 2 — Art Historical Project !
For this option, you should visit a museum with exhibits relevant to a class text. For example, you
might visit Temple’s own Charles Blockson Collection to learn more about African-American

women and then write an analysis of some of the objects you have viewed and what they
illumine about Simone de Beauvoir’s text. You might visit the Penn Museum of Archeology and
Anthropology and view their exhibits on ancient Greece and then write an analysis of some of
the objects you have viewed and what they illumine about the world of Plato or Antigone. You
could visit the Philadelphia Art Museum to view depictions of women in art history and write
about those depictions in relation to The Second Sex, or write a meditation on the art you view in
relation to Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents (how do changes in artistic styles over time reflect
changes in civilization? Do those changes reflect any tension between a pleasure principle and
civilization?) !
I have included time on the syllabus — “Museum Days” — to give you the opportunity to visit
some of Philadelphia’s fine local museums. I have also included on the syllabus a list of suggested
museums or collections; however, if you have a different museum in mind (for example, if you are
traveling to New York and decide to spend time at the Met), just run it by me first. !
If you choose this option, you still must fashion an argument through your paper and you still need to
engage in textual analysis, per the course goals. You should make an argument about how to
interpret a text, but making use of the context that the object (or objects) you have chosen
provides.