Thesis argument about cultural contact zones
March 2, 2013 1:44 PM Subscribe
So I'm wondering if anyone can help me in finding something to argue in a 5-6 page paper regarding 'cultural contact zones' in Orwell's essay ' A Passage to India'.
Specifically, "the concept of a “contact zone” emphasizes how subjects are constituted in and by their relations to each other, usually involving conditions of coercion, inequality, and conflict. It treats the relations among colonizers and colonized not in terms of separateness but in terms of interaction and interlocking understandings and practices, often within radically asymmetrical relations of power." ( this is part of the prompt). Any suggestions? I'm usually a fairly competent writer but am having trouble here.
posted by marsbar77 to writing & language (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've managed to come up with several philosophical 'nuggets' to argue, but I doubt these can be the basis of a well-fleshed-out essay
- Imperialism as a battle of masculinities
- The loss of concrete identity and subsequent adoption of an 'identity of ideas'
-The elephant as a symbol for the passionate and untamable mystique of the eastern empire
This is what I have so far. Whatever anyone can chime in with would be amazing!