Final Project

English 102: Composition Literature

Professor R. McDonough // MCDONORE@farmingdale.edu

Final Project // Evaluation Draft: 12/17 (via e-mail)

Overview:

The final project is multi-tiered and multi-dimensional and will cover various facets of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This project will call on you to utilize many of the skills you have mastered this semester such as persuasion, analysis and description.

A top Hollywood producer has approached you about the possibility to take on the role of Director in a recreation of Dracula. He is willing to fund the project but wants to make sure that all the pieces will align and so you must pitch a few preliminary ideas to him first. 

Prompts: SELECT TWO (2) of the following

  1. Since Dracula can be interpreted in various ways – your producer is very much of the mind that sex sells. Dracula is latent with sexual undertones that can be highlighted throughout the film to appeal to your audience – but it is up to you to show the producer in a written analysis of the text. Form a thesis statement about Dracula’s erotic undertones and then highlight the various ways It can be interpreted erotically throughout your essay in body paragraphs.
  2. Characters are one of the most important components of any film/literary work. Select one major character from Dracula and cast a specific actor for the role. You must persuade your producer to see why this said actors would be the best fit for the role and highlight specific moments in the text (QUOTE!) where you could see that actor fulfilling the role. Your thesis should be persuasive in that it should explicate why your actor would fit the role perfectly and then your body paragraphs will break down different moments in the text where that actor would fill that role.
  3. Advertising a film properly is a way to ensure its success and social media has the ability to reach audiences in ways never thought possible. Create an innovative TUMBLR that will highlight various aspects of Dracula through images. Your TUMBLR page should be creative – do not rely on a basic format – and pull from various aspects of Dracula you wish to highlight – such as characters, symbols, settings, etc.

In addition to the images you must write an annotated list analyzing why each image was used.

Requirements:

Part 1 & 2 should be no longer or shorter than 2 pages long. They are both essays that will rely on you to create a controlling thesis statement. Remember – Part 1 is an ANALYSIS whereas Part 2 is a PERSUASION. There is no outside research required but you are expected to quote heavily from your books for both essays.  

For Part 3 each image must be annotated with analysis of its significance. It isn’t enough to say this is an important image – WHY is it important, what is its significance to the text?

 

Video

Dracula Part II

Watch from 30:00 till 1:25.

As you are watching answer the following questions:

1. What does the sexual nature of the Brides of Dracula signify? Harker writes that he had “burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips”. What do you interpret this quote to mean in relation to Victorian ideals about sexuality?

2. Why does Dracula go after Lucy before Mina? Is there a moment in the text that shows that Lucy is a different woman than Mina? How does Lucy defy the social mores of Victorian society?

3. How can Dracula be interpreted as a sexually provocative text as a whole?

4. What do you think of the character Dr. Van Helsing? What is his function in this text?

Dracula Homework

The last letter for you to read is Jonathan Harker’s on June 30th. Please STOP reading when Lucy begins to become seduced by Dracula. 

In addition to reading, please answer the following questions to bring to class:

How does this first section of Dracula connect to concepts of East vs. West culture? 

What clues does Harker see that lead him to believe Dracula may not be human?

Describe the significance of the eroticism of the three women that seduce Harker while he is trapped in Transylvania. What do you think Stoker is getting at with this scenario?

You must find SPECIFIC passages that relate to these questions. 

Active participation is a component of your final grade and thus if you do not have an edition of Dracula I request that you please do not come to class.

Homework

Please bring in the ORIGINAL version of the fairytale that you wish to revise. Additionally, bring in an OUTLINE of how you plan to revise this story into your own words. Be prepared to write in class and to discuss how you want to approach your revision with me.

See you Thursday.

Essay # 3

English 102: Composition Literature

Professor R. McDonough // SUNY Farmingdale

Essay #1: Descriptive Retelling // Evaluation Draft: 11/26

Overview:

The ability to describe a story convincingly will serve a writer well in any kind of essay situation. The most important thing to remember is that your job as writer is to show, not tell. If you say that the tree is beautiful, your readers are put on the defensive: “Wait a minute,” they think. “We’ll be the judge of that! Show us a beautiful tree and we’ll believe.” Do not rely, then, on adjectives that attempt to characterize a thing’s attributes. Lovely, exciting, interesting – these are all useful adjectives in casual speech or when we’re pointing to something that is lovely, etc., but in careful writing they don’t do much for us; in fact, they sound hollow.

Prompts:

  1. 1.        Select a fairy tale that you remember from your youth (Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, Snow White, etc.) and write a revision through a feminist lens. Think of what we have discussed in class that fascinates feminist writers (the female body, power dynamics and sexuality, etc.) and create a story that reflects feminist ideologies. This story must have a feminist moral to it just as Carter’s and Block’s work conveys the power of female sexuality and the ability to overcome obstacles.  You have freedom to select the tone you wish to write in – but this should still be an ACADEMIC essay.

 

This essay will be graded based on: writing style, use of literary elements (simile, metaphor, personification, etc.), use of descriptive language, and the overall story. Remember to focus on small details that will really benefit your readers understanding of the text. It isn’t enough to say something is red how can you select a more poignant variation of red that will convey a message to the author?

 

Format:

UNIQUE Title, MLA Format, 12-pt. font of your choice, standard 1-inch margins, Double-spaced text, cover page with an image that symbolizes your story, Pages numbered according to MLA format, 700 words total. 

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Homework

Homework

The famous tale of Red Riding Hood has been revised countless times to reflect an intended meaning of an author. In the set of images in the link below VOGUE revised the story into a fashion editorial. Take a look at the images and study them for their visual details. In one typed single spaced page — describe in detail one of the images.
Make sure to describe the multiple facets of the photograph you select — from the model (her physical form and clothing), to the setting, and everything in between. Your description should rely upon the skills that we have worked on in class — setting the tone, appealing to your readers senses, using literary devices, and keeping a steady purpose. Essentially you will be describing one point in the sequence of this story.

This is to be posted in a comment and brought into class.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

http://www.fashiongonerogue.com/into-the-woods-natalia-vodianova-by-mert-marcus-for-vogue-us-september/

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