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Literary/ Film Analysis This assignment is a literary analysis  combined with  film analysis  – a sophisticated  compare- and-contrast paper of 900-1000 words, with at  least FIVE outside sources. Outside sources can be  direct criticism of  the works themselves – literary criticism and  film  reviews – and can also be research that relates to themes  of  the work  (i.e., if a story and  film are  about dysfunctional  family dynamics, research from the world of Psychology could be useful…) Additional one-sheets will come your way  on this topic,  but a close reading of the Literary  Analysis chapter of your book (Chapter  7) is essential. The following list gives you  several  story-and-film pairings to  choose  from. To be  clear, you are  choosing JUST ONE PAIR (one story +  one movie). STORY MOVIE * “Ship Island” by Elizabeth Spencer Maria Full of  Grace [in Spanish with subtitles]  Whale Rider   (2002) -or- Fish Tank (2009) [Young Women  negotiating their independence.] * “Diary of  an Interesting Year” Beasts of the Southern Wild  (2012)  -or- by Helen Simpson  -or- The Road  (2009)  -or- Take Shelter  (2011)  –or- How I Live Now (2013) “Speech Sounds” Octavia Butler   -or- “Maroon” by  Susan  Straight [Apocalypsey survival-dance.] * * Check out www.imdb.com for short synopses on all of your film options. * The Method (for research): It   should  proceed  along  three  channels:                 Source(s)  directly  addressing  author  or  short  story. Source(s)  directly  addressing  film. Source(s)  addressing  issues  within  the  works.  [Remember  you  end  up  with  5   outside  sources  in addition  to  the  original  pieces  –  which  are  cited  –  not  just  3.] “In  Spencer’s  stories  change  hurts–sometimes  to death–and  lives  are  transformed  by  gesture.  Illusions,  once  shattered,  refuse  to  be  put  back  together  again;  clinging  to  the  past  makes  it   impossible  to  skate  on  the  surface  of the present.”  The  quote  here  came  from  a work  about  Spencer  found  under  one  of  Delgado’s  databases  (via  Library>  Library  Website>  Databases)  The  Literature  Resource  Center  Looking  up  by author  or title  is    great  –  and  remember,  criticism  about  a story  or  novel,  say,  other  than  “Ship  Island”  can  still  carry  over  and  be  useful,  as authors often  mine  similar  themes  across  their  works. 2)  Movie  reviews  are  everywhere.  One  good  source  is  www.rottentomatoes.com,  because  if   you  look  up  a   film  it   bundles  many  reviews  by critics  around  the  country.  3)  If   an  element  of “Ship  Island”  is    toxic  relationships,  or  classism  in America  or  the  South,  then  finding  research  on  that  would  be  great  indirect  sources.                 The Rationale: Any analysis  is a  good mental exercise  for  future problem-solving, whether  related to essay  writing or  weighing the  relative merits of building an  outdoor  deck  versus  a screened-in porch, and writing this particular essay should focus your skills at  looking at the art and artifacts of your  lives, whether a new  TV show or  friend  drama, in a deeper and  more interesting way. Instead  of  just proclaiming “I don’t like the new  Justin  Beaver  album,” you’ll be able  to say why with  style.  The beginning of Chapter 7 speaks  to this  process.

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