Project 3 Unit 3 assignment
due Sunday 10/28 at 5:00pm
1. Select one of Gourevitch’s “stories” from We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families as your primary text. This story can be a testimony, an anecdote, a theory, a scene or a larger political or historical narrative about Rwanda, the West, and the genocide.
2. Analyze the story (your primary text) through using a passage from Arendt OR Sontag (which will be your secondary text). How does your passage explain the story and deepen your understanding of the story? Does the passage allow you to develop a focused response to the story and build your own argument in support of the story, its method of presentation, and what it signifies, or does it challenge Gourevitch’s story and set you to discuss it in a new and focused perspective?
Include page numbers and citations for both.
3. Conclude your analysis with a reflection on ONE of the following questions (and ground this reflection in the unit materials). Gourevitch says, “this is a book about how people imagine themselves and one another – a book about how we imagine the world.”
A. How does consuming the stories about the genocide (or seeing the spectacle of it in photography) help or disturb our understanding of the humanities?
B. How do we see and imagine ourselves and others?
C. What can the stories and images of suffering or violence ultimately achieve?
Word count: 1000-1200 words; remember the regular filename protocol
LastnameFirstnameProject3Draft.docx or … .pdf.
Put it here before Sunday at 5:00pm.
–Stay on the texts
-Keep your argument focused
-Avoid “floating quotations”
-Bring out your close-reading skills you have learned in the previous units
-No background information about the characters or incidents, or summary of the story is necessary. Instead, focus on your analysis. (Your reference to any element of the story should work toward your analysis.)
Some keywords for thinking about connections between the texts:
Vision, image, evidence, experience, knowledge, evil, humans and the humanity, reality, race, suffering, spectacle, empathy, imagination (especially Sontag p125-6), “we” and “us,” conceptual scheme, violence.
Some examples of narratives that can be examined:
1. The story of the organized killing operation in Rwanda, in which the killers “obeyed” and “worked,” and reading it through the lens of Arendt’s banality of evil.
2. The story of Gourevitch having to “imagine” the actual killing when he arrives at the actual site of massacre, and reading it through the lens of Sontag’s passage about the limits of experiencing and understanding others’ suffering.
These are very general and predictable models. Choose a topic and passage that will help you to carry out a focused discussion.
and next week as usual…
• required one-on-one writing tutorial meetings with fellows, who will have their schedules up for you on https://davidson.mywconline.com/ Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday only.
• required meeting with your section professor after your fellow meeting
• final version due Friday by 5:00pm here.