Step 1: Choose 1 Topic from the last 6 weeks of class. Cultural Memory and Identity Genders 1: History of Gender Identities / Masculinity Genders 2: Gender and Cinema / Psychoanalysis and Feminist Theory Identity Construction and Viewing Positions The Traumatized Self: The Politics of Witnessing Testimonial Documentary Film (or TV Series): The True Self Step 2: Choose a Case Study from the Media, encompassing 2 Media Texts to Compare. You will organize the Term Paper as a Compare and Contrast Paper. Introduction Paragraph – Text 1 Paragraph – Text 2 Paragraph – Text 1 Paragraph – Text 2 Comparison Conclusion The Case Study can come from any medium: Feature or Documentary films Artworks / Statues Popular Press (News Coverage) Magazines Editorials Podcast Documentaries such a “Serial” Famous Photographs from History Videogames and Digital Culture Famous Rhetoric or Political speeches Notable TV series (worthy of analysis) A Controversial Media Moment (Superbowl halftime shows, Fyre Festival, YouTube Stars who caused controversy like Logan and PewDie Pie) Fine Art or Museum exhibitions (the Royal Ontario Museum’s racist 1989 Exhibition). Etc etc etc. Advertisements are discouraged since we have an MDSB course on Advertising. Email if you feel strongly about selecting ads to get permission. Example Titles: “Testimonial Documentary: How Reality is Reshaped in Making a Murderer and The Thin Blue Line” \”The Traumatized Self: Jamie Lee Curtis\’s Final Girl Persona in Halloween (1978) and Halloween (2018)\” \”Genders: News Coverage of the Abuses of Kevin Spacey versus Bill Cosby\” \”Gender and Cinema: Comparing Two Films about \’The Lost Child\’\” \”Cultural Memory and Identity: Comparing Nostalgia for the Obamas with Nostalgia for the Kennedys\” \”Cultural Memory and Identity: The Removal of the \’Eskimos\’ and \’Indians\’ Sports Team Names\” Step 3: Write an organized essay of 1600 words (max 1850). a. Ask: How do these 2 Texts depict the Politics of Identity such as representing class a certain way, gender, race, memories of certain people (good or evil) and certain events in history? b. Consider how we look at various Media each week: Magazine features, a Movie clip, Historical Photographs or War Memorials. You are permitted to compare 2 different Media Forms, or the same one. For example, you could compare the film World Trade Centre (2006) with the World Trade Center Memorial built at that site now: how do they each create meaning and reflection?
For example, Roland Barthes uses the Case Study of the Saluting Soldier photo from Paris Match Magazine. He suggests that this image is France’s representation of itself as a “good colonial” country that justified its invasion of Algeria. You may do the same with your own example. If you choose Photography, you can look at 4-6 Historical Photos, but don’t take on more than 2 games, 2 films, or 2 literary works, 2 artworks without emailing the prof. It could be too much work!).
c. Develop a Thesis by thinking about your Case Study in conjunction with your Topic. For example The Lego Movie (2014) does not suit the topic of Cultural Memory, but The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019) or Leaving Neverland (2019) are very suitable. What does your item from media and culture say about your topic? Begin your Research here: https://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/research/articles-databasesLinks to an external site.
Type in Titles and Keywords, and view them in terms of Relevance (change the settings). Make Introductions brief – end them with your Thesis Statement and Describe your Case Study in the Introduction. Include screen shots or Images if possible/relevant for your Media Examples. Put these after the Bibliography in an Appendix as “Figure 1” and so on. Reference at least 2 authors assigned in the course. \”Quotes\” are best! Reference at least 3 outside academic sources. Utilize a recognized documentation style (e.g. APA.org, MLA.org). Avoid long block quotes. No Title Page please. Integrate ALL \”quotations\” (quotations cannot stand alone in your essay). Take this opportunity to explore a topic that interests you!
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