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.