This is the final paper for a class called Critical Theory A, which is about art/philosophy/psychology/sociology. It is a course for art students. I feel like it’s more towards Sociology, so I put the paper under that category.
The minimum number of sources is six. Please use MLA style.
This paper has three prompts to choose from. I think #3 is the easiest, but feel free to choose the other ones if you feel other’s are easier. Communicate with me beforehand if you want to choose other prompt.
I will paste the detailed prompt below, but I will also attach the original pdf to this order.
￼Choose from one of the following prompts and respond with a 6-8 page essay. You must engage with the work of at least three theorists we have read over the course of the semester; place their ideas, methodologies, assumptions, or strategies into conversation with the artwork(s) of your choosing from paper prompts 1, 2, or 3. Use direct quotes from the reading responsibly— do not let the quotes make the argument for you! Include images discussed in the paper on the last page before the works cited, and properly cite each work.
Topic 3: Critical Review
You have been asked to write a review essay for the art blog Hyperallergic – congratulations! Choose one cultural production (from a 20th-21st century visual artist/performer, or a 20th-21st century mass media/popular cultural production) and perform a close textual analysis of the piece. Use one or more theoretical frameworks we have covered in the course to frame your analysis. Consider how the work makes meaning for present-day viewers, and how it reflects and shapes the historical context in which it was created. Some questions to help guide your analysis: How does the artist comment on historical and/or contemporary social, cultural, economic, and/or political issues? How does the work reinforce, challenge, or reject social norms and dominant discourses? How does this piece fit into or break from the larger body of work by this individual artist and from larger artistic movements? What is its significance for contemporary audiences –why does this work matter?
As you see it requires references from our course readings. I will provide all the course readings in a zip file, named by authors. I put them into folders that named with week numbers. I will also provide a copy of the course syllabus. At the end of the syllabus, there is a detailed course schedule, which you will see the topic of each week. This is to make your selection of the course reading easier so that you can filter out what you need.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY ALL THE REQUIREMENT AND FEEL FREE TO SEND ME A MESSAGE IF SOMETHING IS NOT CLEAR!
p.s. The blog that topic #3 is referring is https://hyperallergic.com
p.s.s and DO NOT MAKE SUMMARY OF ANOTHER ARTICLE. The teacher wants to see arguments from me not from other great people. And do not let the quote make the argument for me.
The paper deadline is May 8th before 5 PM PST. So please finish it before that time. Otherwise, I won’t receive any credits.