Paper 1: Essay length: 7-10 pages.
Minimum citations: 10 (from at least three different sources).
Choose one topic covered in class. Write an essay on the theme (or one of the themes if we covered multiple topics) for that class, addressing the film shown and, if you wish other films.
–Read at least two other essays/excerpts from the reader—this is a great option if you want to explore a theme further (ideology, race, apparatus, gender)
–explore one author’s writings in more depth by going one of the source the excerpt was drawn from and reading more (minimum 15 pages) or reading the entirety of the essay from which the excerpt was drawn (for example: read all of Benjamin’s “Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproducibility” or go to Kracauer’s From Caligari to Hitler).
If you choose the latter single-author option, feel free to explore Wikipedia or other sites to contextualize the author’s work. Just remember you need to satisfy the citation requirements with material from lecture and readings, other sources are icing on the cake. Don’t get too distracted with life stories and context, as this essay is tasking you to engage the theory, not the person.