In this essay, I will ask you to choose a pop culture text (meaning a TV show, a movie, a book, a graphic novel, a meme, etc.) and analyze it through the lens of disability. You will make an original argument about how that text treats disability. Your argument should primarily use your close reading of the text itself to support your argument, but you are welcome to incorporate any of the articles we’ve read in class, along with some light outside research.
I am open to your choice of cultural text; you will brainstorm some ideas and options with your Writing Groups and we will provide feedback before you commit to an idea. Whatever you choose, your job is to argue for how your chosen text represents disability, and why that matters. Is it ableist? Is it inclusive? Does it operate under the medical model? The social model? Something else?
A successful essay will:
Have a clear argument
Use textual evidence and close reading to support the argument.
Make use of a minimum of four sources. (This includes your primary source aka the cultural text you’re close reading, and can include sources we’ve read in class.)
Convincingly argue for your perspective on the issue
Be 5-7 (double spaced) pages in length as a Final Draft
Include an MLA Works Cited page (which does not count toward the 5 page minimum)
Rhetorical Features of this Assignment:
Purpose: to persuade an audience to accept your analytical reading of this pop culture text
Audience: a scholarly audience
Genre: an academic essay
Logistics: 5-7 double spaced pages in 12 pt Times New Roman, or 11 pt Calibri or Arial, with 1” margins on all sides. Include a header in the upper right-hand corner of the paper identifying: your name, the class, the instructor, and the date. Make sure that your document is appropriately named (maybe “ENGL 131A1 – Assignment 3 – Final Draft”), and that you have saved a copy to your hard drive, Google Drive, thumb drive, or Dropbox account.
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