THIS IS WHAT THE TEACHER SAID:
In addition to your close study of theme, you will complete your initial exploration for your project. In learning module 2-4, you will find a gallery of works from each of the three focal points. You will select 2 works that you feel have a common theme. Use this list as a starting point;
Your exploration document assignment: Choose two cultural artifacts to analyze. These artifacts may take the form of any artistic medium, such as literature, poetry, music, film, literature, painting, or sculpture. Be sure, however, to select works by different artists and from different time periods (at least 50 years apart). Then identify a common theme and compare your examples to one another as expressions of the same theme in different cultural artifacts. Please see the following information from your Project Part 1 Rubric (linked below https://learn.snhu.edu/content/enforced/628693-HUM-200-R3063-OL-TRAD-UG.21EW3/HUM%20200%20Project%20Part%20One%20Artifacts%20and%20Theme%20Selection%20Guidelines%20and%20Rubric.pdf?_&d2lSessionVal=gGqovNsRWiYxL61h6PgjS6dEH). Read the rubric carefully for assignments expectations.
Research guides are developed by librarians at the Shapiro Library to help you find and locate the information you need to complete the projects in this course. To get started with your Artifacts and Theme Selection assignment, access the HUM 200 Applied Humanities Research Guide and click on the ‘Choosing Artifacts and a Theme’ tab within the menu on the left side of the page. This resource will provide you with helpful guidance on completing your project, recommendations for resources you can use to begin your research, as well as examples to aid your understanding of the course material. In addition to the Soomo webtext, you will use this research guide as you work to complete Project Part One.
THIS IS WHAT THE HUM 200 APPLIED HUMANITIES RESEARCH GUIDE SAYS I ALSO PUT IN () THE WEBSITE LINKS IT HAD ON THERE :
Choosing Artifacts and a Theme
For the purposes of this course and project, cultural artifacts are examples of artistic expression including literature, poetry, music, film, dance, painting, sculpture, and more. With the wide range of artistic human expression to consider, choosing just two artifacts may feel daunting. You know that your artifacts need to be created by different artists and during different time periods (at least 50 years apart), and that you’ll be expected to identify and discuss a theme they have in common. Choosing artifacts with a common theme carefully is important:your analysis of this theme is a big part of both of your projects in HUM-200. Your theme and artifacts will guide your research and discussion, so be sure you find them interesting.
Your course gives you many ways to identify artifacts for analysis. You can explore the Soomo webtext Gallery, but you can also choose artifacts from outside this gallery with instructor permission. Check out the Resources for Finding Artifacts information on this page.
We could pick two artifacts at random and attempt to connect them with a theme. This might be difficult or result in a theme that doesn’t fit one or more of the artifacts very well. Instead, it may be helpful to find an artifact that appeals to you, identify a theme, then find a second artifact from another era and artist that touches on the same theme.
Let’s consider an example. Suppose I browse ARTSTOR (https://libguides.snhu.edu/artstor) for inspiration and find Ophelia by John Everett Millais (https://ezproxy.snhu.edu/login?url=https://library.artstor.org/asset/LESSING_ART_1039490534) f I don’t know much about this painting, learning more is my first step. Background research allows you to learn more about the context of a topic. It’s great for narrowing topics or helping you choose a direction for your in-depth research. Reading Ophelia 1851-1852 Painting by John Everett Millais (https://ezproxy.snhu.edu/login?url=https://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/routromanticera/ophelia_1851_1852/0?institutionId=943) in Credo Reference tells me that Ophelia is a literary painting from the Pre-Raphaelite period based on Queen Gertrude’s description of Ophelia’s death in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Additionally, the Tate, the museum that currently holds Ophelia, has more information about it ( https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/millais-ophelia-n01506/story-ophelia) Searching relevant cultural institutions can be very helpful. I can tease out several themes here, including death, despair, and mental illness. I want to explore the theme of despair.
Next, I can look for other artifacts from other artists and time periods that touch on the theme I chose. I could choose the Weeping Woman statue ( https://ezproxy.snhu.edu/login?url=https://library.artstor.org/asset/ARTSTOR_103_41822003745781) Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrLk4vdY28Q) Anne Sexton’s Despair (https://ezproxy.snhu.edu/login?qurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.proquest.com%2Fbooks%2Fdespair%2Fdocview%2F2141219784%2Fse-2%3Faccountid%3D3783) or one of so many more artifacts. Alternatively, you could choose a theme first, then select two artifacts that touch on that theme. For our example, I’ll choose Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. I like the juxtaposition between the musical artifact and the painting. Both artifacts also have religious tones and I think I can write about that, too.
When selecting your artifacts, try to think ahead to later stages of the project. You know you’ll need to find supporting sources for your project. Make your job easier later by selecting well-known and well-studied artifacts now. You can always do a few preliminary searches to make sure scholars have researched your artifacts before moving forward with them.
Your first step in developing Project Part One for the course is to identify the two artifacts you want to compare and the theme that is common to both artifacts. While you will analyze and compare these artifacts in Theme: Examining the Humanities, you want to make some initial observations. In this step, explain how you see the theme expressed in both of your artifacts. Then, reflect on how the theme itself is connected or relevant to you personally. For example, is this a theme you find particularly inspiring? Has this theme been particularly relevant to a past experience?
Prompt (THIS IS THE SAME FROM WHAT THE TEACHER SAID):
Choose two cultural artifacts to analyze. These artifacts may take the form of any artistic medium, such as literature, poetry, music, film, dance, painting, and sculpture, and so on. However, it is important to choose two artifacts that have been created by different artists and were created during different time periods (ex. separated by at least 50 years). Then, identify an initial theme (or themes) that is common to both of your chosen artifacts. You will analyze these artifacts and their expression of the identified theme in Theme: Examining the Humanities and Theme: Impact of the Humanities.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
1. Describe the cultural artifacts that you have chosen. Consider questions such as these in your response: What is the name or title of the artifact? Who is the author or artist? What is the date or time period when the artifact was created? What is the cultural location or physical setting of the artifact? In addition, you could consider including a photograph or image of each cultural artifact, if they are visual artifacts.
2. Identify at least one common theme that will serve as the framework of your exploration document. How is the theme expressed in your artifacts?
3. Reflect on how the theme you identified is related to your personal experience. For instance, you could discuss how the expression of the theme in your cultural artifacts is connected to you personally.
What to Submit: Your artifacts and theme selection should adhere to the following formatting requirements: 1 to 2 pages in length, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. You should use current APA style guidelines (or another format approved by your instructor) for any potential citations or references.
YOU CAN CHOSE ANY 2 ARTIFACTS THAT WILL GO WELL TOGETHER FOR THIS PROJECT (ALSO USE RESOURCES IF YOU NEED TO)
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