IMPORTANT NOTE : Arab/Muslim Rep is figured prominently on the exam. I recommend
IMPORTANT NOTE : Arab/Muslim Rep is figured prominently on the exam. I recommend looking at the instructions early in the week; the exam is take-home style (not timed), so you can view it anytime. While the exam covers previous topics, the longer essay portion asks you to analyze a film/series (from the list below) for Arab/Muslim representation. Read the following with that in mind.
Watch one of the following media texts:
Degrees of racism — this list includes films/shows that are extremely insulting so proceed with caution: True Lies (Cameron, 1994), Rules of Engagement (Friedkin, 2000), Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1981), the first two episodes of The Tyrant (FX).
Improved but imperfect options: Syriana (Gaghan, 2005), Hideous Kinky (MacKinnon, 1999), American Wrestler: The Wizard (Ranarivelo, 2016), Amreeka (Dabis, 2009), The Night Of (HBO), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Nair, 2013), Ramy (A24, HULU), Hala (AppleTV), Messiah (Netflix)
Essay — Arab/Muslim Representation
Follow the instructions below.
I recommend treating this essay as a far more formal and in-depth version of your discussion work. In short, write an essay in which you apply the course ideas, focusing mainly on this week’s reading and lecture, to a film from the provided list of options (*see module overview for list*). As with analytical work, your goal is to present an argument about the film’s representational content in relation to prior and contemporary stereotypes, and major concepts included in reading/lecture. As this is an exam essay, your analysis should incorporate topics from previous units that will further illuminate your analysis.
Begin by reading the assigned article by Alsultany (see module overview)
Then read/view this week’s lecture, which supplements the article significantly (see module overview)
Watch the film/media of your choosing from the options listed in the module overview.
Write an essay in which you apply Alsultany and the lecture to the media text you chose in #3.
Structure and Polish: Essays should be organized per the 5-essay format, including: intro, thesis, supporting paragraphs, and conclusion. Be sure to revise and polish your work prior to submission.
Comprehensive — Use Previous Topics: While the primary goal is to apply this week’s content to the film, I highly encourage you to incorporate topics previously covered. You are, after all, not analyzing this week’s content in a vacuum. Review lectures and readings for additional concepts that will expand your analysis. As this is a midterm essay, demonstrate knowledge beyond this week’s materials.
Discussion Post on Steroids: I noted above that this essay is similar to main discussion posts. The primary difference is depth: as this is a longer project, be sure to rigorously define, explain, and apply the concepts to the film/media text.
Images: As with discussions, I highly encourage you to include images as evidence of your claims (provide context for images rather than simply dropping them in).