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EN203: Multimedia Option

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This term, I encourage those interested to complete a substantial multimedia project in lieu of a second essay. Your multimedia project should be a video (unless you have another idea, in which case see me!) of 5 minutes in length. If you are working with a collaborative group, you should definitely discuss the terms of the project with me before getting started.


You have a lot of leeway here, but in general, there are two good options:

  1. An adaptation of one of the pieces (or a part of a reading) we've examined this term, the goal of which is to illuminate or explore the piece's contemporary relevance. Here are some samples and ideas:
    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwOOzBJGD50 (a video adaptation of Swift's "The Lady's Dressing Room")
    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16obvCmVYF8&feature=related (another, different, adaptation)
    3. Animate a poem, a series of poems, or a passage from a longer reading--read (or have someone read) the text aloud, in a performative manner, then set that reading to relevant images that help a reader understand the work
      1. for instance, take a particular excerpt from Basho's Narrow Road to the Deep North, narrate it (record you or someone else reading it), then create a video that pairs the narration with relevant images from 17th and 18th century Japan that can help people understand what Basho is doing
    4. Stage a dialogue between two authors on a topic they both relate to (good for a collaborative project!)
    5. Stage a scene from a play (or, do a dramatic reading of a scene, with friends, and set it to images) 
    6. Make a "trailer" for a hypothetical movie about your text
  2. A mini-documentary about one of the topics we've covered this term, the goal of which is to educate your peers about the idea/topic/historical context and its significance:
    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85HzPCdL57o (A mini-documentary about Petrarch)
    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUeDjvTHQeY&feature=related (a "Short History of Printing"--you could do anything you wanted!)
    3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZN_X6gPjEc&feature=related (a more traditional mini-documentary about Gutenberg's printing press--note that the images are relevant, not random, and they're from Gutenberg's historical time period)
    4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fonKaK4lQo&feature=related (a sort of round-table discussion, with images and sound, on the industrial revolution--not our period, but an example of the kind of thing you could do)
    5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbRGIFIBcQk (Women of French Salons and English Coffeehouses of 18th Century Enlightenment video)
    6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-yuMoGFpGM&feature=related (Slave Trade Documentary)


Really, the sky's the limit! I will use the following to evaluate your project:


  1. If you're doing a documentary, is the information accurate? Does it help an audience of your peers understand something from this time period and its literature/culture?
  2. Have you framed your project in such a way that its goals and its purpose is clear?
  3. If you're doing an adaptation or an illustration of a text, is the purpose of your adaptation clear? What do you think this adaptation choice helps us understand about the text? Why have you chosen to put Tartuffe in the context of the housing crash or the Bernie Madoff scandal? Why have you chosen to present us with this character's point of view? Why have you chosen a dialog or a round-table discussion?
  4. Technology: Does the video have a revised and polished style? Can I hear what I need to hear, see what I need to see? Keep in mind that you want to use high-quality images that can be cited (so you need to know lots about them!)
  5. Images and sound: Are your images relevant and able to be used for educational purposes? What about your sound--does it enhance your purpose?  Some questions to consider: What is this an image of? What is the date of this image? Is it related to your topic?
    1. Some sources:
      • Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia (for images--you should use your text or the library for documentary content);
      • Books from the library, with images that you've scanned! (or your textbook!)
      • ccMixter.org (for Creative Commons licensed music);
      • freesound.org (for Creative Commons sound effects);
      • flickr commons (for images); art galleries and history museums for images; university library exhibit websites


Proposal: Before you complete your project, you'll give me a 2-3 page proposal about your plans. In your proposal, describe what you are going to do, what you want to educate your audience about, how you think it will educate or inform (being specific about your choices--use the rubric above!) an audience of your peers, and logistically, what are you going to need to consider to do the project effectively. This may include questions of groupwork and organization, technology, images or other research you'll need to find.

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