Using J.S. Mill’s The Subjection of Women and Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines, develop an argument that analyzes the intersections between articulations of gender and conceptions of race that are specific to the nineteenth century. Your argument should focus on how the logics of mid- to late-Victorian gender and race construction contest, inform, transform and mutually develop in relation to one another, and then use these texts to prove your claim.
The success of this essay will depend upon 1) how well you demonstrate your understanding that race and gender are mutable categories that are constantly being shaped; 2) how specifically you can then identify what forms these take in the texts at hand; 3) how clearly you can define how they inform one another; and 4) how effectively you can demonstrate your evidence through close reading and analysis.
You must not simply summarize or compare your texts. To accomplish this task, you will need to have a specific claim that clearly articulates the relationship between these logics, and show the stakes of recognizing this intersectionality.
A successful paper will include:
A clear, specific claim in the form of an argument that articulates how you interpret each identificatory category and then also how they intersect
Close reading, delivered in sub-claims, that explains WHAT arguments from each text you are focusing on via explication, HOW these are used and HOW we should understand them via quote analysis, and WHY this is important for understanding the material as a textual whole
An ongoing treatment of the two readings that explains the intersections between them, paying attention to each text individually but then drawing connections in their broader intersections of race and gender
A critical conclusion which suggests the bigger stakes of your analysis, explaining how your argument is useful and relevant for illuminating the relationship between these concepts and how they help us better understand the period.