Healing in Literature and Ethnography

ANTH 272/ENGL 264



Instructions for Final Assignment: please select ONE of the following options:

1) FINAL EXAM: Your responses to final exam for this course are due Thursday, April 30th at 3:00pm.

The exam will be take home and made available to you on our website on Tuesday, April 28th at 3:00pm. While the exam itself will be designed to take 2.5 hours to complete, you can take as much time as you want. There are three sections to the exam; for each section, you will be able to select from a number of choices. The format of the exam will be as follows:

  1. Short IDs(likely about 45 minutes): This section will include terms drawn from course lectures and readings. You will select say 5 terms out of 10 to write about: e.g. offer a definition and give an example of “chart talk. Length: <150 words.
  2. Short answer questions on particular works(45 minutes): This section will present the titles of key works we have studied. You will select 3 titles out of 6 and give a brief precis of the work, discussing key ideas or salient elements. Length: <250 words.
  3. Essay question (60 minutes): This section will offer essay prompts that ask you to reflect on a key theme or idea across three or more works from the course. You will select one to write about. Length: <1,000 words.

Exam preparation: We will create an exam forum on our course website for each of you to contribute one term (for Part 1 of the exam) and one essay prompt (for Part 3). The deadline to post will be Friday, April 24th at 3:00pm. We plan to use these contributions to construct the exam itself, so these postings will serve also as a study guide.

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2) CREATIVE PROJECT: As stated on the syllabus, students may propose a creative paper that draws on material from our course instead of the final exam. Such creative work may take the form of a personal illness narrative, a graphic novel, an analytic text, or other project. In order to pursue this option, a student must meet with Professor Rivkin-Fish or Thrailkill to discuss the idea and then submit a written proposal of 500 words that presents a title, description of the topic as outlined below, and your sources, by April 23. If approved, the creative project will be due on the day of the final exam.

Note: Final papers must be posted on the class Website or the Sakai assignment page before the exam begins. Students who have not posted their paper by this time must take the final exam: no exceptions.


A final creative paper must draw in-depth on at least 2 or 3 texts from our class to demonstrate that the student has read and engaged with class material. Your discussion of these texts can be integrated into the creative work, or can come before, as a preface, or afterward, as a discussion. The final paper should be no fewer than 6 pages, and a maximum of 12 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font.

To Prepare a Paper Proposal:

  1. Describe the creative theme(s) you are interested in presenting by outlining the particular story and key tensions, contradictions, or themes you will explore.
  2. Describe the genre in which you will develop the project (e.g., illness narrative, graphic novel, analytic essay, etc.) and explain why this genre is best suited for your project.
  3. Identify 2-3 of our course readings that you will include in the project, and briefly summarize the themes from these readings that are relevant to your project. Include page numbers of key sections of these texts, demonstrating that you have undertaken a close reading of them.
  4. Present any questions or concerns you have about the project that we can help clarify or provide assistance in resolving.
  5. Provide a preliminary bibliography.