I will post the annotated bibliography in the files . Along with a guideline of how the essay should be written. I will also add a sample research paper so you can use that also as a guide line
While reading, I was interested most by the discussions of the material-semiotic relationships of blood and its presence as a laboring commodity. I found the connections between blood’s status as an indicator of corruption (what the reading calls negative valuation) and as a racial allegory to be a convincing argument for the pervasiveness and continuation of anti-Blackness. Biocapital is founded on laboring commodities such as blood- it creates the idea that not only are laborers producers, but their bodies are as well. Because blood is “‘an object outside of us,'” but also an extension of the laborer, it is expected to fill both roles of laborer and commodity. Bio/necrocapital is the ultimate form of commodification of laborer- it does not require a physical laborer to continue producing and is both inherently valuable and the producer of value.
I think that the arguments related to the metaphysical and capitalist significance of blood are also interesting to think about in the context of eggs. I have looked into egg donation before as the compensation can be quite high (into the tens of thousands of dollars). I think that while blood and the idea of “corrupted blood” can be seen as negative valuation, eggs are an example of positive valuation. Most websites explicitly list that Asian, Indian, and Jewish egg donors are in high demand and might be compensated more. I believe this to be an overt example of meaning-making and bio-ontologization, especially the bio-ontologization of “Jewish.” Asian, Indian, and Jewish people have all been subject to the model minority myth- the belief that they are intrinsically “smarter,” more hard-working, better at STEM subjects, etc. The fact that eggs from these groups are in high-demand demonstrates a belief that their eggs will somehow contain genetic material that possesses these traits and can produce children who will be more intelligent and hard-working. There is also an unstated negative valuation- while eggs from Black, Latino, or Indigenous egg-producing people are not prohibited, they are “low-demand.” Eggs go even further than blood as a laboring commodity- it is an infinitely replicating laboring commodity that can produce not only value but more laborers who can produce this commodity in addition to labor and value. There are also feminist and queer implications- the commodification of reproductive organs and the heteronormative implications of eggs as a site of reproduction between a man and woman. There is a lot to write about here, but I don’t want to make this discussion post too long so I would be really interested if anyone has thoughts they’d like to share on this!
Option 3: Cultural Adaptation in Movies
View one of the following movies.
Discuss the cultural elements and issues that are present in the film.
In your essay:
Give a brief summary of the film
State three (3) cultural elements/issues expressed in the film (for example: race, gender, religion, class, etc.) that we have covered in the textbook.
Discuss the each of the three (3) cultural elements/issues seen in the film
Provide a complete analysis and critique of these elements
Explain any stereotypes found in the film
Explain any elements of prejudice found in the film
Explain the impact of the film in describing the cultural elements presented
Provide examples from the film and your textbook to support your points
Provide a concluding paragraph summing up your thoughts on the film and cultural issues/elements presented.
All papers must include references to the content of the class, using the vocabulary from the course. Full credit will not be given to those who do not connect the material to the film content.
Prepare your paper in APA format (title page, 3 pages of text, reference page)
If you do not own one of these movies, consider Redbox, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or other video rental services.
Patch Adams (Great for those in health related careers)
Eat, Love, Pray
City of God
Farewell, My Concubine
Karate Kid 2
Boys N da Hood
Memoirs of a Geisha
Lost in Translation
The Laramie Project
The Crying Game
Remember the Titans
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Maria Full of Grace
Empire of the Sun
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Rabit Proof Fence
Joy Luck Club
The Killing Fields
The Bird Cage
Last of the Mohicans
Since your textbook does not cover Buddhism’s Holy Days and Festivals, research them and select one that most intrigues you. You will notice the dates of these celebration days change from year to year because Buddhists follow the lunar calendar and not the solar calendar.
Write a 2-3 page narrative on your chosen Holy Day or Festival. You will have to do a little research first to understand the event and explain what occurs. Then, pretend you and a friend attended this festival celebration or Holy Day service. Tell me what you saw, heard, touched, even smelled and tasted! This narrative should be written in first person “I, me, my, we” so I can experience the celebration through your eyes. Use paragraphs. You may also include dialogue/conversation as if you talked with others at the event. THIS WILL BE FUN!
Include a catchy title and one small picture as a visual.
Please include an MLA formatted Works Cited page for sources consulted.
Here is an EXAMPLE FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PAPER to inspire you. Since this example paper is on the Songkran Festival, you must choose a different holy day/festival. (Note: The Works Cited page on the student example is incomplete. Please fully cite your sources MLA style. This requires more than a website address.)
No matter where we are in the lifespan, loss, death and dying are difficult experiences. Cultures vary as to how they process and experience these events. Share an Internet resource that describes another culture’s approach to death, dying, mourning, grief or bereavement. Please share how they may experience this with respect to one of the following: death of a child (natural causes or accident), death of a spouse, terminal illness in a child or adult, or the elderly. Please cite your resource(s).