Write an essay in which you explore a “space” important to who you are using deep, specific detail.

To earn a satisfactory, the essay must;be 1500 words or more, which is the equivalent of five or more MLA formatted pagesuse writing and revision processes to write your best essayuse traditional academic essay conventions, including a strong thesis statement and well-developed paragraphsuse the first person. It’s about you, so first-person pronouns are appropriate.use specific and vivid detailsbe interestingPrompt;Write an essay in which you explore a “space” important to who you are using deep, specific detail. This essay asks you to discover the language you need to describe your experiences through the writing process.“Space” is in quotation marks because space isn’t a literal physical location—though it can be. Space is conceptual and can be used to describe events, experiences, identities, states of mind, and so on.We are most likely to experience these sorts of spaces have to do with our identities and relationships—familial, religious, professional, gender, sex, and sexuality, race and ethnicity, lingual, social class, financial, ability, morals and values, hopes and dreams, reputation, places lived, intellect, creativity, personal psychology, social psychology, ritual, age, and the list goes on.We often encounter spaces that are neither here nor there, that may be in-betweens, on bridges, or in the borderlands. Sometimes these spaces are literal locations, experiences, events, sometimes they are in our bodies or parts of our identities, and at others, they are more ethereal or intangible.These kinds of spaces and experiences are ones we might talk about figuratively like, “I was crawling out of my skin,” or “she was a million miles away.” Or they are the ones about which we say, “I can’t quite describe it” or “I don’t have the words.” Sometimes the language is situational, like before/after, this/that, here/there.Both model texts we’ve read by peers acknowledge such spaces. One does so abstractly—she’s an artist and her dream landscapes are part of her creative process. The other is a wildfire fighter whose struggle was with pushing herself forward through the hard things. Her spaces were both internal and external.
VocabularyThe following concepts and definitions might help you discover your potential topics. Your essay is NOT about these words and terms. Your essay is about your chosen topic; these terms can help you brainstorm and understand your topic.Thin PlacesA version of this prompt was created by Jordan Kisner for The Isolation Journals. In her book, Thin Places, she explains them as an idea “in Celtic mythology that the distance between our world and the next is never more than three feet (i.e. just a little more than an arm’s reach away). There are ‘thin places’ where that distance shrinks and then vanishes, where you can glimpse some other world or way of being for a brief moment. Often, ‘thin places’ are literal places, geographical locations that feel holy or otherworldly, but you could also imagine these kinds of thresholds popping up anywhere: in a hospital room, in a bar, in your apartment, in your relationship, in you. A thin place may also be a moment, a time when you were briefly suspended between a world/life that you knew and something totally new, different, awesome, frightening.”As you brainstorm, Kisner suggests you consider How this place/space makes you feel? Who/what is/was there? What led you to it? What happened? What happened afterward? What, if anything, changed because of it? She says, “It may feel hard to describe—that’s ok! Ineffable experiences are the hardest to describe. [It’s okay to] get weird!”Liminal Space“Initially referenced as the middle stage of ritual by anthropologist Victor Turner, liminality is experienced during a relatively brief period when ritual participants stand at a threshold between the old way of being and the new. During this liminal period, participants are stripped of their social status and experience a sense of ambiguity or disorientation.” __“In a world that prefers binary identity, those whose identity lives in this in-between space feel pressure to claim one end of the polarity and reject the other. Rather than being a transitional space, the liminal is, for these individuals, a permanent home (Enders). __
What is Liminal Identity
“Derived from Latin limen meaning ‘threshold’, liminal refers to a transitory, in-between state or space, which is characterized by indeterminacy, ambiguity, hybridity, the potential for subversion, and change. As a transitory space it foregrounds the temporal border and in the narrative is often associated with life-changing events or border situations. It also constitutes a border zone….”http://borderpoetics.wikidot.com/liminalityBorders and Borderlands“Borderlands are spaces that exist around borders and affect people on both sides of the border with various intensity and extent. That is to say, they are inhabitable border zones. The borderland can be a place of mutual antagonism and of marginalization, but they can also take on the characteristics of regions or zones of transition with the emergence of new cultural, linguistic, and social hybrid identities, enabling a gradual movement from one cultural norm to another and producing successful border-crossings.” __“Rather than as separation lines, borders are increasingly seen as zones of negotiation.” “Zones of negotiation exist both on the level of the individual and that of the group, in which the other may either be excluded or recognized as part of their own. Border zones are thus places in which our sense of belonging is articulated and inscribed. These zones can be places of mutual antagonism, places of meeting, and places of transition.” __http://borderpoetics.wikidot.com/borderlandIt’s a strange thing about language, that sometimes the more specific we get the more conceptually abstract we get as well. A thin space, liminal space, borderland isn’t a particular specific thing. It’s an abstraction and abstractions are malleable. Your understanding of thin space matters only to the degree that it helps you explain your experience of the world. More abstractions. Sorry.
The shitty rough draft for peer workshop is due at the start of class on Monday, September 20. The copy you bring to class must be typed. You choose whether you want to print it or bring it on a laptop or tablet.
An essay that does not earn a satisfactory grade will be reassigned for revision. You have one week to revise and resubmit to the same Canvas assignment after it’s been graded.
The shitty rough draft for the peer workshop and thesis statement is due at the start of class on Monday, September 20. The copy you bring to class must be typed. You choose whether you want to print it or bring it on a laptop or tablet.