The objective of the final paper is similar to provide a media analysis/critique on a chosen media object, using the theories and methodologies presented in this course: critical Race Theory, Gender Threory, Postcolonial Theory or Queer/ Sexuality Theory.
Some advice about choosing a topic:
• Pick something that you are genuinely curious about, not something that you already have an argument for (or against). Try to move out of your comfort zone.
• Your media text should be focused enough so that you can thoroughly explore the issues that it raises, but it should be robust enough to merit a 10- to 13-page paper. Other than that it is open to you!
• The best papers are those by students who have floated their ideas past me and talked through some of their ideas and questions.
For the final paper, I will be looking for the following:
– a clear and strong thesis statement that specifically says what it is you are arguing. (For example, don’t just say that your media text represents an ideology, you need to say what that ideology is).
– a detailed analysis of your media object,
– a clear understanding of the key ideas from the course readings,
– a direct application of the ideas from the readings applied to the media object,
– the use of at least one outside, scholarly source (an academic book or article), and
– a clear and professional writing style that follows the rules of academic writing (please see the Chicago Manual of Style for guidance).
All papers MUST:
• use in-text citations or footnotes,
• include a thesis statement, an introduction, a conclusion, and a works-cited page.
My methodologies/ theoretical approaches are two to three among race theory, gender theory, queer/ sexuality theory, or postcolonial theory. (I was thinking about race and gender, but I want any of them, which writer is expert on, comfortable with, and confident.)
Here is broad explanation about the thories:
Representation/Identity . . .
• refers to how people and groups of people are represented in the media. It looks at the representation of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and class. It not only looks at stereotypes and asks, “Who are the heroes and who are the villains?” It also looks at which groups are shown as “normal” and which ones are considered “Other.” Also, you will want to ask, “What values do the characters seem to represent?”
• A class analysis, examines the social and economic arrangements shown in a particular media text to show how social power is distributed in the context of that text and in society in general.
• Post-colonial theory examines media within a global perspective, aiming to reveal the repression or emergence of indigenous perspectives within formerly or currently marginalized or colonized cultures (like India or Iran).
• Queer theory investigates how normative relations can be challenged or disrupted through media texts, especially through confrontations with heterosexual values.
(I need to use the course readings, according to theory. I can send you these readings in pdf. format, except the book by Stuart Hall)
Critical Race Theory
Franz Fanon, White Skin, Black Masks, Chapter Five
Stuart Hall, Representation, (selections)
Gayatri Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak?”
Caren Kaplan, “A World without Boundaries”*
Judith Butler, “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory”
Liesbet Van Zoonen, “Gender, Representation and the Media”*
Sexuality, Queer Theory
Michael Warner, “What’s Wrong with Normal?”
Guillermo Avila-Saavedra, “Nothing Queer about Queer Television”*
plus, I need at least one outside, scholarly source (an academic book or article).
I need a media subject to analyze. It can be any of:
TV show (concentrate on one episode)
News coverage of a story
Graphic Novel/comic book
Website or blog
A part of town or a building (in NYC or somewhere you can visit before the paper is due)
I was thinking about a television show or a film. For a television show, it should be focused on one or two episode.
I could not choose one, but I want to do what the writer is confident and expert about.
I would like the writer to be who has studied or is studying media communication as a major.
Thank you for your cosideration,
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