For this assignment, you will write a creative piece which takes the perspective of a character or persona other than the main character or persona of a text, taking Wide Sargasso Sea’s revision of Jane Eyre as an extended example. You may also choose to narrate a portion of a text that is not covered in the original, such as a portion of the eight years when Jane is at Lowood.
If you are struggling with coming up with ideas, try focusing on a particular scene from one of our texts and imagining it from a perspective other than the one from which it is being narrated.
Don’t feel limited by genre; for instance, you might choose to re-write a section of A Streetcar Named Desire as a prose narrative from Stella’s perspective. Or you could rewrite “The Raven” as a poem from the raven’s perspective. Writing a longer poem or series of shorter poems is acceptable and encouraged, though you will need to work with me to determine the equivalent to the required word count.
You are not required to write in the same style as the original text and my general goal is not to hinder your creativity in any way. Please check with me if you have questions about your ideas.
Finally, you must write a 500-word reflection on the process of rewriting the text. What did you learn? What were the difficulties you faced? How did the rewriting enhance or change your view of the original text?
Word count: 1000-1500 words, plus a 500-word reflection
Percentage of course grade: 20% (200 points); creative portion is 150 points, reflection is 50
Submission format: .docx upload to Canvas
Margins: 1” all around
Font: Times New Roman or Garamond, size 12