Critical Essay: 2000 words (Due: Friday 14th May 2021)
Choose just one of the 8 themes/questions - see attached PDF - research, organise, write and present an academic essay that addresses the key points.
4) Gender & Identity: Compare and analyse representation of gender in one historical and one contemporary children's picture book. Your analysis should focus on characterisation and the role or agency of particular characters within the narrative. Underpin your arguments with reference to appropriate academic material (relating to gender studies, and image representation in picture books). Can you identify any particular cultural or ideological perspectives in your chosen examples?
Academic Tick List
Would heartily recommend you check out the 'Research and Writing Tips' tab in the module Blackboard menu and the many treasures there within.
In respect to finding books and articles to help underpin your argument and get you thinking - check out the University ONE SEARCH , as well as GOOGLE SCHOLAR.
How do you get all of your critical reading and thinking onto paper in a coherent way? Hopefully the process of actively engaging with the literature has clarified "what you want to say", which will help you to write a focused essay. Use this focus to plan your key points and identify the evidence you will bring in to support your argument. Structure and paragraphing are your friends, use them to build a logical progression or case.
“The great thing about Postmodernism is that it can be pretty much anything you want it to be. But then, the really annoying thing about Postmodernism is that it can be pretty much any thing you want it to be. Which is the freewheeling paradox at the heart of this movement.”
Will Gompertz (What Are You Looking At?)
After Modernism - The idea that modernism has met its end, and can no longer be modernised as it has all been done previously.
Anti Modernism - The reaction to the failures and conflicts caused by modernism e.g. subversion of modernist ideals.
Bricolage - The sampling of ideas from the past in creating something new.
Determinism - The idea that all actions and choices are predetermined by actions, and the history that came before us.
Hyper Modernism - The successor to modernism, and post modernism. The idea that the context of an object is irrelevant to its function.
Hyper Reality - The lack of boundaries between simulation and fantasy, and reality.
Meta-narrative - a narrative account that explores the idea of storytelling, often by drawing attention to its own artificiality.
Post Modernism - Postmodernism is a reaction against the intellectual assumptions and values of the modern period in the history of Western philosophy. The concept lacks overall consensus of its meaning and application.
Modernism - sustained period of development and innovation in the arts reflecting the new discoveries and ideas in science and technology. It roughly took place from the mid 19th century to the late 1970's.
Rationalism - Scientific ideologies replacing religious ideologies.
Parody - A loaded simulation/ mockery of an original text.
Pastiche - An image presented without reality or context, which then, in turn, removes meaning.
The Society of the Spectacle - The view and perception of life as seen through as screen.
The Unstable Image - The lack of trust of images due to the loss of context and reality e.g. manipulated photoshop images.