||The following project consists of three sections. The first section is an analytical
essay which discusses the role of culture in intimate relationships as depicted in
literature. Two original, fictional short stories follow the analytical essay. The
narrator of these stories has the same cultural background and life experiences as
myself. In both stories, the narrator is the same character, though portrayed at
different points in his life.
The central question of this project is “What role does culture and cultural difference
play when two individuals come together to try to form a long-term intimate relationship?”
The analytical essay explores this issue in depth, looking at novels written by Moshin
Hamid and Jamaica Kincaid, as well as at my own two short stories. My primary definition
of culture comes from Edward Burnett Tylor’s seminal work Primitive Culture. Hamid
and Kincaid depict relationships that navigate complex social and cultural issues.
My short stories are meant to accomplish the same objective.