DISCIPLINES & CULTURAL CONTEXT OF THE HUMANITIES


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Select ONE work of literature from the following list (works are available online).
NOVELLAS:
Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy, 1886
The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells, 1897
SHORT STORIES:
“The Package” by Kurt Vonnegut, 1952
“Johnny Mnemonic” by William Gibson, 1981
“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, 1948
“A Small, Good Thing” by Raymond Carver, 1983
“Silver Water” by Amy Bloom, 1993
“The Third and Final Continent” by Jhumpa Lahiri, 1999
“The Lost ‘Beautifulness’” by Anzia Yezierska, 1920
“The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury, 1950
“The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by Gabriel García Márquez, 1968
POEMS:
“That the Science of Cartography is Limited” by Eavan Boland, 1994
“A Brave and Startling Truth” by Maya Angelou, 1995
“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, 1888
“If” by Rudyard Kipling, 1895
“Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander, 2009
“Let America be America Again” by Langston Hughes, 1935
ESSAY:
“A Talk to Teachers” by James Baldwin, 1963*
* While the essay title addresses teachers, this work has themes that can apply to all professions.
Select two creative works from the following disciplines (each work must be from a different discipline):
• Two-dimensional visual art (e.g., painting, photography, or printmaking)
• Music
• Film (feature film or documentary)
Note: Please do not select a film, artistic, or musical adaptation of your literary choice as one of the non-literary creative works. While it is important to select a literary work and two non-literary works that share a common theme, it is equally important to include variety in your choices. For example, you should not choose The Great Gatsby as your literary work and a film adaptation of this same novel, and a picture of Jay Gatsby
Develop a multimedia presentation (suggested length of 25-30 slides) in which you do the following:
A. Introduce the three works you will be analyzing (suggested length of 4–5 slides) by doing the following:
1. Create an introductory slide for each of the three works that includes the author’s or artist’s name, title of the work, and the discipline to which the work belongs.
2. Provide a thesis slide that clarifies for your audience how all three works connect to a common theme and describe how this theme relates to a profession within your field of study.
B. Provide an objective analysis* (suggested length of 6-7 slides) by doing the following:
1. Describe the literary work. Your description should include:
• Form (short story, novel, etc.)
• Summary of the work (4-5 sentences)
• Author’s style, technique and/or characteristics
a. Choose four of the elements of literature outlined in the learning resource and describe how they are used in the literary work.
2. Describe the first nonliterary work of art. Your description should include:
• Media, form, or genre
• Summary of the work (4-5 sentences)
• Artist’s style, technique and/or characteristics
a. Choose four of the elements outlined in the learning resource and describe how they are used in your first non-literary work. (If your selection is music, use the elements of music, if it is a film, use the elements of film, if it is a painting or photograph, use the elements of two-dimensional visual art.)
3. Describe the second nonliterary work of art. (This should be from a different discipline than the work you chose for part B2.) Your description should include:
• Media, form, or genre
• Summary of the work (4-5 sentences)
• Artist’s style, technique and/or characteristics
a. Choose four of the elements outlined in the learning resource and describe how they are used in your first non-literary work. (If your selection is music, use the elements of music, if it is a film, use the elements of film, etc.)
C. Provide a subjective analysis* (suggested length of 6-7 slides) by doing the following:
1. Discuss the literary work, addressing the following:
a. The mood(s) of the literary work. Provide relevant details and examples that helped you identify the mood(s).
b. The theme(s) (i.e., overarching ideas or concepts) you see in the literary work. Provide relevant details and examples that helped you identify the theme(s).
c. Your interpretation of meaning found in the work. Provide relevant details and examples that helped you identify the meaning.
2. Describe the first nonliterary work of art, addressing the following:
a. The mood(s) of the first nonliterary work. Provide relevant details and examples that helped you identify the mood(s).
b. The theme(s) (i.e., overarching ideas or concepts) you see in the first nonliterary work. Provide relevant details and examples that helped you identify the theme(s).
c. Your interpretation of meaning found in the work. Provide relevant details and examples that helped you identify the meaning.
3. Describe the second nonliterary work of art, addressing the following:
a. The mood(s) of the second nonliterary work. Provide relevant details and examples that helped you identify the mood(s).
b. The theme(s) (i.e., overarching ideas or concepts) you see in the second nonliterary work. Provide relevant details and examples that helped you identify the theme(s).
c. Your interpretation of meaning found in the work. Provide relevant details and examples that helped you identify the meaning.
D. Analyze the relationship between the 3 works (suggested length of 3–5 slides). Your analysis should include:
• Similarities in mood(s), theme(s), and meaning among the works.
• Differences in mood(s), theme(s), and meaning among the works.
1. Explain how analyzing the relationship between the works expanded your understanding of the theme(s).
E. Reflect on the analyses presented (suggested length of 3–5 slides), by addressing the following:
1. How your analysis of these works has enhanced your understanding of the human experience (i.e. what it means to be human).
2. How these themes and meanings relate to you, as a professional within your field of study.
3. How a general knowledge of the humanities is valuable for professionals within your field of study.
F. Summarize your main points in a conclusion (suggested length of 1-2 slides).
Note: Your conclusion could include revisiting your thesis statement and should bring closure to your presentation.
G. Create a reference list. Include all in-text citations and references in APA format. You must have a full reference for each work. Please note that each reference must correspond to an in-text citation.



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