Professor Joshua Belknap | Co Req ML | Fall 2023

11/24/23: Homework, Navigating Genres, Why Chinese Mothers are Superior

Hello all. I hope you’re enjoying the holiday break. As discussed in class on Monday, please read and comment on Dirk’s “Navigating Genres” (three comments, three responses) on Perusall and answer the questions at the end of the article. Post your answers as responses here in the comment section below. We will discuss in class on Monday. In addition, please read and annotate “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior” by Amy Chua, also on Perusall. We will talk and write about this article on Monday as well.

1 Comment

  1. Daria

    1. Recently, I’ve learned about narratives through my Unit 1 task, which involved writing an educational narrative. I enjoyed it, though I realized that writing a narrative about life lessons, not just education, would be more interesting for me. In terms of reading, I’m familiar with a variety of genres such as fiction, non-fiction, biography, drama, poetry, mythology, science fiction, and novels. However, when it comes to writing, my experience in different genres is limited.

    2. In the past, I was told to adhere to certain rules like maintaining a clear structure, ensuring coherence and consistency, and sticking to genre-specific conventions. These guidelines shaped my writing by making it more organized and focused, aligning it with the expectations of the intended audience, and enhancing the overall clarity and impact of my work.

    3. My writing offers a balance of freedom and structure. While I appreciate the guidance of a specific form, as it provides a clear framework and direction, I also find that too rigid a structure can sometimes be limiting. The ability to creatively express ideas within a form is important to me, as it allows for both coherence and individuality in my writing.

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