Semester 2, 2016
ASSIGNMENT 2: ANALYTICAL ESSAY
DEADLINE: Monday 3 OCTOBER (CANVAS 11:59 PM)
WORD LIMIT: 1500 WORDS (Essays more than 10% over or under will be penalised)
Assignment 2 is the formal academic essay that arises from the preparation you did for Assignment 1. You must choose the same question and film for both assignments. The questions are included here to refresh your memory.
1. The Hollywood studio system (roughly 1920-1960) was infamous for economic rationalization, development of the star system and the production of a lush coherent style. Discuss how one of the following films: Singin’ in the Rain, Far From Heavenor True Grit can be analysed in relation to the studio system. You are free to explore whatever angle takes your interest but you might consider one or more of the following in your essay: plot, industrial relations, or homage.
2. Critics and audiences often describe genre films as ‘formulaic entertainment’ but popular films such as these nevertheless often express deep anxieties and tensions that characterise the social and historical context within which the film was made. Making reference to one of the following films Singin in the Rain, Far From Heaven, In The Mood for Love, or True Gritdiscuss how these anxieties are expressed.
3. Melodrama is often characterized by its heightened style and the deep repression of its female protagonists. With reference to either In the Mood For Loveor Far From Heaven discuss how mise-en-scene and cinematography express what the characters in these films cannot.
4. For much of its history Hollywood films have been considered quintessentially patriarchal. Critics have argued that female characters exist largely as spectacle while male characters act with agency. Transgressing these norms has been rarely tolerated. Discuss how gender is represented in one of the following films Vertigo, Singin in the Rain, Far From Heaven, True Grit. Consider how your selection conforms to orthodox views of gender in Hollywood film and how it might subvert them
The objective of Assignment 2 is to assess your analytical and writing skills in an argument-driven essay that supports your ideas with specific examples from your chosen film. Your film analysis in Assignment 2 should draw upon the close reading skills you have acquired for your mid-term exam and have practised in tutorial exercises.
To achieve a good grade you must demonstrate the following:
· Ability to address the topic using close and specific analysis of the film you select
· Indication that you understand relevant material from lectures, tutorials, viewings and readings (required and recommended).
· A strong argument that shows you can think independently and apply the concepts presented in class and in the readings
· Evidence of independent research, incorporated where relevant to support your analysis
· An ability to discuss both the technical and aesthetic aspects of filmmaking
· An ability to link logically organised ideas and examples
· An ability to express your analysis of examples clearly and concisely
· Competent use of sentence structure and paragraph structure
· Few, if any, grammatical or spelling mistakes
· Accurate referencing within the essay (including in-text references and correct use of quotations and quotation marks), and at the end of the essay in a ‘Reference Cited’ section
· that gives full and properly formatted details of all secondary sources used.
Use MLA reference style.
Cite all sources correctly and include a “References Cited” list in Assignment 2.
Ensure you have completed the Academic Integrity Course and understood the rules on plagiarism before writing your essay.
Please note that you may NOT use the film you write on for this essay in your final exam
Please ensure that your essay conforms to the following requirements:
Minimum 12 point font
Page numbers (preferably on bottom right hand corner)
Full name and ID number in the header of every page
ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION PROCEDURES:
Please upload your assignment on CANVAS under ‘Assignments’.
It is very important that you follow these instructions carefully. Failure to do so may mean that there will be a delay in marking your essay.
Please use the following file protocol for Assignment 2.
Film abbreviations are as follows:
In the Mood for Love: IML
Singin in the Rain: SITR
Far From Heaven: FFH
IE A2.101.2016.SMITH.PEARSON.SITR.Q1 if you answered question 1 using Singin in the Rain, of A2.101.2016.SMITH.PEARSON.TG.Q2 if you answered question 2 using True Grit.
By submitting your assignment to CANVAS, you are agreeing to comply with the university’s regulations on academic dishonesty.
Please keep (multiple) digital backups of all your coursework.
LATE ASSIGNMENTS & EXTENSIONS
Extensions must be negotiated with your GTA at least 2 days before the assignment is due. Extensions are a privilege, which may or may not be granted depending on the circumstances of the individual student. Medical certificates may be required and are taken into account but these are only recommendations from a medical practitioner and do not provide you with an automatic extension.
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Please email your GTA with an extension request and append the necessary documentation. If you are granted the extension, your GTA will confirm via email. Please screenshot this confirmation email and paste it into the end of your assignment prior to upload.
All late assignments without extensions will be penalised ONE MARK PER DAY.
Late assignments may not receive any comments and may be subject to a later hand- back date than those handed in by the deadline. An essay that is handed in, without a pre-arranged extension, after the essays have been given back to the class or after the final cut-off date of Friday, 21 October, 5pm (end of lectures) cannot be marked. These will be placed in the exam folder and may be taken into consideration regarding final marks.
It is still better to hand in a late essay than no essay at all.
Essays suspected of containing plagiarised material may have the mark withheld until after the post-exam paper marking meeting. Essays demonstrated to have been plagiarised according to Turnitin’s diagnostic report will receive zero marks. If plagiarism is proven, students will be required to meet with the Course Convenor and Course Co-Ordinator to discuss disciplinary action.
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