Literary and culture studies
n 700-1100 words, write an op-ed/narrative essay grounded in your readings of either (a) Annie Baker’s The Flick, (b) Jon Bois’s 17776, or (c) Brian Reed’s S-Town. What differentiates the narrative/op-ed from the argumentative is one significant change: the op-ed, unlike the argumentative, can be experiential and personal, meaning you are encouraged to bring the first person into your argument throughout, perhaps describing “what it’s like” to travel through the hyperlinks of 17776.
Although “op-ed” stands for opinionated-editorial, it nevertheless is also argumentative (meaning you’re attempting to convince your readers to either read or not read the narrative of focus). However, you are given license to ground your argument in personal engagements with the narrative rather than distanced arguments as w/ previous papers.
Here’s an example of an op-ed for The Flick and 17776.