Book Analysis – 30%
We can learn about the experiences of others and marginalized communities through works of fiction (people’s experiences) as well as from theory. Fiction has been one of the avenues for oppressed persons to expose their experiences and challenge oppressive practices and ideologies. The purpose of this paper is to engage with a fictional text and critically reflect on these themes or issues.
For this assignment, you are to select one of the following books. It can be a hard copy, audio or e-book version. You may find some books in the library or public libraries, otherwise you are encouraged to order a book without delay from an online dealer. Be sure that you choose a book that can be delivered quickly.
Brown, K. (2019). The Pretty One. New York: Atria Paperback
Devaney, J. (2012). My Leaky Body: Tales from the gurney. Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editions.
Lawson, J. (2015). Furiously Happy – A Funny Book About Horrible Things. New York: Flatiron Books
Thistle, J. (2019). From the Ashes: My Story of Being Metis, Homeless, and Finding My Way. New York: Simon & Schuster
Wiebe, R., & Johnson, Y. (1999). Stolen life: The journey of a Cree woman. Toronto: Vintage Canada
Be sure to identify the book you have chosen. In a paper of no more than 8 pages double spaced in APA Format (not including cover page and references) you are to:
· Choose two or three main themes/issues which emerge from the novel. Demonstrate how these themes/issues are present in the novel (using only brief quotes) and critically analyze these themes/issues
· Draw connections between the themes/issues you have chosen and the course content and readings
· Consider the relevance of these themes to a structural/anti-oppressive approach to social work. What is the most relevant, what is the implication of the issues and themes you have highlighted, why are these issues important? What implications do lessons from the book have for social work/social workers today? Here are you are expected to draw on scholarly social work literature to demonstrated your points (minimum of 4 references, including the course textbook).
· Draw connections between these themes/issues and your own experiences, in order to demonstrate critical self reflection
Your paper will be graded on the following (30 marks)
· Clear articulation of the themes/issues in the book (5 marks)
· Well thought out articulated critical self reflection (5 marks)
· Appropriate usage of course materials and scholarly literature applied to the book for analysis (10 marks)
· Clearly identified implication for social work practice from a structural/anti-oppressive perspective (5 marks)
Writing: grammar, spelling, sentence and paragraph structure, APA style. The writing is clear, concise, organized, and comprehensive. (5 marks)