Please be sure that this is a thesis essay, make sure you have an argument and not a plot summary.
- Choose ONE of the two topics listed below
- Engage with relevant themes and ideas from the lectures and tutorial discussions.
The quotations given before each question below are only there to guide you; you do not need to employ them if they are not relevant to your argument. You are encouraged to use additional textual examples to support your claims.
Topic 1: Ideology in Ginsberg
Poor dead flower? when did you forget you were a flower?/when did you look at your skin and decide you were/an impotent dirty old locomotive? the ghost of a loco- /motive? the specter and shade of a once powerful mad American/locomotive? (‘Sunflower Sutra’ 20).
Strange Prophecies anew! She wrote—‘The key is in the/window, the key is in the sunlight at the window—I have the/ key—Get married Allen don’t take drugs—the key is in the/ bars, in the sunlight in the window./Love,/your mother’/which is Naomi— (‘Kaddish’ 57).
Drawing upon relevant ideas from chapter 22 (“Ideology”) from Bennett and Royle’s book, discuss the representation ideology in any two poems by Ginsberg.
Topic 2: Sexual Difference or Desire or Queer in Ginsberg (choose one topic below)
“. . . angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night” (1).
“One time I thought she was trying to make me come lay her—flirting to herself at sink— lay back on huge bed that filled most of the room, dress up round her hips” (50).
Drawing upon relevant ideas from chapter 20 (“Sexual Difference”), or 23 (“Desire”), or 24 (“Queer”) from Bennett and Royle’s book, discuss representations of sexual difference or desire or queerness in relation to any two Ginsberg poems.
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