literature or film analysis 3

Medievalism/modernization analysis: Choose one of the texts or films we’ve watched for this course and think about what the story would be like if set not in the Middle Ages, but today (and otherwise kept the same characterization, narrative, etc.). Describe the impact of this changed setting, and then analyze the impact of the changed setting. How would a modern setting change what this work says? Why does it matter that (if a film) this film used medievalism in its original format (before you modernized it), or (if a literary text) it was set in the Middle Ages? What can the work say in a modern setting that it can’t in a medieval–and what can it say in a medieval setting that it can’t in a modern one?

Choose between the short film Bisclavret (2011) or the literature attached bellow. (The literature and the movie are practically the same thing.) Include a quote from the literature with intext citation or a quote from the film with a citation time stamp ex: (00:00:00)

These are the instructions

Final Essay Instructions

Final Essay Assignment Instructions

Goals: In different ways, these final assignments ask you to demonstrate (creatively, analytically) what you’ve learned from this class by applying it to different scenarios, like works we haven’t touched on in this course, or from a new angle.

Instructions: Choose 3 of the 5 options linked below to address. Please be as specific as possible in your responses so that it is clear you have engaged thoroughly and thoughtfully with the material. Be sure to include a thesis with a HOW/WHAT/WHY that organizes and structures your essay.

Due: One essay is due every other day of the final week of the class (see the syllabus for dates), in any order of submission you like. There are no extensions for this exam.

Format: Your responses should be typed in standard MLA format (double-spaced, Times New Roman), 12 pt font) and include a Works Cited when appropriate. 450 words minimum per essay; no maximum limit. I should be able to identify easily and quickly which prompt you are responding to.

Grading: Each response is worth 33% of the final essay grade, and will be evaluated for clarity of expression, a three-part thesis, thoughtfulness of analysis, topicality (depth of engagement with the prompt), and professional format and polish. (See the specifications linked below.)

These are the Grading Specifications

Final Essays Specifications

Specifications for a Passing Grade

  • For the essay instructions, see here
  • For the essay prompts, see here


☐ expresses ideas clearly and in your own words

☐ makes appropriate use of film studies terminology

☐ clearly and specifically engages with the prompt


☐ incorporates a thesis near the start that offers a WHAT / HOW / WHY

☐ includes at least one quotation or image that is well-integrated with introduction before and explanation/analysis after

Length and Formatting Conventional to Discipline

☐ consists of a minimum of 450 words, not including citation; word count identified one blank line after last sentence

☐ follows standard MLA document formatting (1” margins on all sides, double spacing, Times New Roman 12pt font, etc.)

☐ includes a properly formatted MLA-style citation for the film and/or text cited


☐ demonstrates sufficient proofreading to avoid typos and misspellings

☐ grammar and spelling do not undermine clarity and precision of argument

Citation tips:

For MLA-style film citations, list films by their title. Include the name of the director, the film studio or distributor, and the release year. If relevant, list significant performer names after the director’s name

For example:

The Usual Suspects. Directed by Bryan Singer, performances by Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benecio del Toro. Polygram, 1995.

For MLA-style citations of literary texts, you will need to include the translator’s information–but not mix that up with the author. If the text is anonymous, start with the title of the text.

For example:

Heldris of Cornwall. Silence: A Thirteenth-Century French Romance. Translated by Sarah Roche-Madhi. Minneapolis: Michigan State University Press, 1999.

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