Essay 3 Assignment

April 9, 2019


Use a variety of contextual, theoretical, and argument sources to produce an insightful argument about the meaning, function, and significance of a specific “monstrous” element of a film of your selection. You should aim to explore a specific interpretive or intellectual problem evident in the film by closely analyzing the film itself and critically engaging with existing arguments about the film and theoretical “conversations” related to the film. Your essay should show familiarity with the work of experts and all sources should be documented using the MLA in-text citation method. A strong essay of this sort typically draws on no fewer than seven (7) sources.

In other words, you will be attempting an “intellectual review” of your selected film. To do so, you will need to situate your review within at least three contexts:

  • the socio-historical context i.e. you must consider the sociopolitical and historical factors that contribute to the exhibit’s popularity (or unpopularity).

  • the generic context i.e. you must evaluate the exhibit within the conventions of the particular genres that define it.

  • the existing map of opinion i.e. you must critically engage existing ideas about your exhibit in order to develop your own original viewpoints.

Continue to work on the goals from the first two assignments:

  • use the introduction to orient the reader and identify an intellectual problem embodied in an appropriate exhibit; formulate a strong main claim;
  • establish a clear motive;
  • maintain a coherent structure;
  • support your argument with evidence and reasons;
  • write in a fluent and clear style;
  • smoothly integrate argument and theoretical sources;
  • explain key terms;
  • offer an interesting and informative title.

Contextualize your exhibit by using sources to frame it within:

  •  a specific socio – historical context
  • a specific genre, class, or trend
  • a specific debate or scholarly conversation

Make sure that the stance of your argument is clear—that readers know where your essay stands in the existing conversation(s) about your exhibit.

Analyze pertinent aspects of your exhibit(s) in order to draw cogent conclusions. Offer an analysis of argument and theoretical sources, interpreting their central claims, evaluating their arguments, and explaining their significance in terms of your own claim.

Reflect on and complicate your argument: consider counter evidence, counter- interpretations, counterarguments, anomalies, and draw out implications.

Have an intriguing and informative title.

Adhere to all relevant formatting guidelines described in the course syllabus.

The final draft must be between 1800 and 2000 words

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