Essay outline and other 3 sources. write essay based on the essay outline. 6-8 pages, double spaced, 12pt font, with standard margins. Use accurately formatted Chicago citation styleLinks to an external site., include footnotes and/or endnotes and a bibliography. Include your full name and devise a creative/descriptive/engaging title. Do not include a cover page. Purpose: The essay should demonstrate your ability to develop a cogent, well-structured argument, clearly and concisely. It is important to have a well-defined thesis statement from which your argument will proceed. The essay is also a measure of how well you understand and synthesize course material.
Topic: Consider a media text/image/or series of images of your choice as a case study to articulate methodologies to which we have been introduced: eg. cultural studies, semiotic analysis, ideology, culture industry, political economy, or any combination. Consider your own subjective position and/or lived/intersectional experience, and if/how it inflects analysis on the material, however, the essay must be written objectively, in the 3rd person. Discuss whether your chosen media text/image/or series of images takes a position that reflects representation and how it functions. The overall aim is to use a media text/image/or series of images to thoughtfully engage with social, political, aesthetic, historical and/or cultural implications and perspectives as discussed in this course. NONE OF THE IMAGES THAT HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO YOU FOR OTHER ASSIGNMENTS IN THIS CLASS MAY BE USED FOR THE FINAL ESSAY. YOU MUST SEEK OUT YOUR OWN MEDIA TEXT / IMAGES / OR SERIES OF IMAGES. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. Structure: A creative, descriptive, and engaging title Introduction. This introduces the problem you plan to address and which particular methodology(ies) you will be employing. The introduction also guides the reader into the organization/structure of the essay. The introduction should be an expansion of the ‘contextualization’ segment from the Essay Outline/Proposal (but these should not be identical). We must be able to see edits, adjustments, changes, and developments from the ‘contextualization’ paragraph that was previously submitted. Argument. Mobilize concepts from the course (ensure you define any concepts), and organize your argument clearly. Divide your argument into 2 or 3 points and stick to them. This section is where you use course materials to construct your argument—important here is the word “construction.” Readings, lecture, and concepts covered are meant to be a toolbox that you use in building your argument. Concepts and direct quotes are not there to simply prove your point, they are supposed to be operational in the construction of your argument. Course materials are to help keep you in a state of exploration while you write—concepts can be used to formulate questions too. You do not need to answer all questions that may arise in your essay. It is okay to suggest new areas of inquiry that are beyond the scope of the essay. Try to be as rigorous as you can when discussing concepts. For instance, take the time to define concepts, ensure you are using them as they have been discussed in the course – before explaining how these ideas, concepts, and approaches inform your analysis. You can also contrast different definitions and ideas to highlight the difficulty behind fixed definitions. Integrating direct quotes are a good way to engage with readings, however, don’t assume that direct quotes are enough to fulfill these requirements (i.e. referencing a reading). If you use a quote (or a block quote), discuss it after citing it, add some commentary. A quote is not there to prove your argument. Quotes are to enhance the existing discussion and require analysis. Conclusion. Wrap up what you have claimed in your essay, summarize your arguments, and point to any new directions. Bibliography. At least 6 academic references (a minimum of 3 must be from the syllabus). Academic sources are strongly preferred (minimum of 6 are required), but you must cite all sources used – accurately – in Chicago style.