Final Project

This assignment is designed to assess your ability to write a meaningful and sustained argument, using skills of literary analysis, about the concepts learned in this class.

Option 1: Research Papers

Minimum requirements for this paper: 6 full pages (no more than 8 pages). MLA formatting, 12 pt. Times New Roman Font, 1-inch margins, and include a works cited page. Don’t forget an original title! Please note, that many of the questions are suggestive and you do not need to answer them all or be exhaustive.  The goal is to write a cohesive argument that is logically carried through the paper, and supported by substantive and concise close readings.

  1. Choose one specific feminist discourse and use this perspective to perform a critical literary analysis on one of the primary texts from the class. What arguments are being made in this text? How is this done? How does this text challenge or reinforce cultural norms or conceptions of womanhood. How does this text define “woman” differently? How does reading it through this particular lens change the meaning communicated in the narrative?
  2. Examine a “woman” from a course text as an ideological construct. How does the character or figure respond to, counter, or reconstruct the notion of “woman.” Make an argument about her as a construct. What function does she play in the narrative and how? Does she embody a theme or make a contention?
  3. Relate a text from this course with one outside text (literary, graphic, digital, etc.). Make an original argument about an element, image, symbol, trope, etc. and its significance to the two texts. Make sure your analysis is sustained through close reading and additional research, address the formal elements, the genre, the narratives, depictions, and discuss their importance to a particular discourse within feminist theory.

Option 2: Extended Blog Posts

In roughly 2500 words, produce a critical blog addressing a specific phenomena, genre, history of images or tropes, etc. significant to women in literature and women and technology. The blog should be less formal and academic in tone, but equally critical and analytical in content. Bloggers are expected to take advantage of the multimedia affordances of digital media by including images, film clips, sound, etc. to establish contexts and intertextual connections.

These posts should form a cohesive sequence on a single topic. You can choose from one of the above topics, suggested for the research paper, OR you can write about a topic of your own choosing as it relates to women and technology.

How your format and structure these posts is up to you. These can be part of your main blog, or you can create separate pages that are linked off of a single page, made accessible through a tab on the main page.

Option 3: Creative Pieces

In 6-10 pages (12 pt. Times New Roman, 1-inch margins), write a creative piece informed by your own critical work in this class, and a 3-4 page analysis of the piece. This piece should critique, remix, or reimagine images or themes significant to women, technology, and culture. The accompanying analysis of your text must include a works cited page that cites theoretical and primary sources that influence your work. These can be in a variety of forms: short stories, comics, short video, theater, etc. In writing your piece, keep in mind the way the authors of the course material utilized rhetoric, genre, and form to present original creative work that is socially, culturally, and politically informed.

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About Anne Cong-Huyen

PhD in English and digital media at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Research interests include transnational literature, hospitality, narratives of migration and labor, and graphic and digital media.

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