Essay 2: Lens-driven Analysis
Description: 1,000-1,250 words, plus a separate MLA-format Works Cited page Sources: 1)Your film scene from MT3
2)Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, “Monster Culture (Seven Theses) 3)A second course essay (choose from Neal Gabler, “Our Celebrities, Ourselves,” Jeffrey Rosen, “Identity Crisis,” or Henry Jenkins, “Never Trust a Snake”)
Total Points: 250 Due Dates: rough draft (3 copies) due Wed 4/10; final draft due Mon 4/15 (Bring w/ drafting materials to class & submit to Canvas.) The Assignment Write an analysis of how your film scene from Microtheme 3 represents an issue or topic, perhaps one we’ve addressed in class. Engage Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)” to craft a lens that helps you make an insightful claim about the scene’s representation of the issue or topic. Bring a second course essay into conversation with Cohen to develop your argument. Strategies Return to Microtheme 2 and Microtheme 3 to consider how the film scene you’ve chosen represents an issue or topic. Use your visual analysis practice in Microtheme 2 and your lens and source conversation work in Microtheme 3 to develop a robust thesis. For your analysis, choose representative, interesting, and complicating evidence from the film scene (usually a 4-6 minute segment). Apply 10 on 1 to the evidence you choose in order to say more about less. Use tools for visual analysis and The Method on the film scene to generate specific, concrete details. Use the course essays to further develop, contextualize, and complicate your analysis. It is acceptable to challenge or extend the authors’ key concepts or claims. Criteria for Evaluation 1. Does the essay use a source as a lens in order to develop an insightful claim about the scene that advances a
“So What?” about the film?
2. Are main points supported through the analysis of concrete details from the film scene (10 on 1)? In other words, is this an analysis and not merely a plot summary?
3. Is the essay informed and driven by the two course essays? 4. Does the essay exhibit coherence through a logical flow of ideas and the use of well-developed paragraphs,
transitions, attributive tags, and strong verbs? Does it adhere to MLA format and citation standards and contain few, if any, grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors?