The final project for the class was a 900-word critical review of a book, film, or other cultural work. Students examined how one key issue was presented in that work. This was followed up by a presentation to the class of the key elements of their review, supplemented by slides. Selected presentations can be viewed here.
Kiyanna Dacres: The Present lens of the Past: Zora Neale Hurston reflected in the character of Janie.
Jiawei Jiang: Controversies in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Explores the relationship between Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel and the abolition movement.
Anna Ruan: Child abuse as a theme in Bastard Out of Carolina film.
Kevin Wu: Sexism as a theme in The Color Purple film.