Western Story and Film

21 Oct

For this assignment, you are to write an essay (8-10 pages not counting your Works Cited page) in which you analyze at least 2 of the assigned readings and 1 of the films we have watched thus far. Remember, when you analyze a text you are making an argument. What that specific argument is will be up to you.

There are a number of different ways to approach this assignment. You are thinking about both the “how” and the “why” of what the authors/film makers have done. You must consider what the author/film maker said, assess how it was said (for example, the syntax and language used in a written text / the way shots are framed in a film / the depiction of characters in either medium), and – most importantly – discuss the significance of what you have just considered.

You must use at least 3 secondary sources in your essay. Remember, the texts/films you are discussing are primary sources, not secondary sources. Appropriate secondary sources are, for example, academic books, articles from peer-reviewed journals, and academic web sites. Wikipedia, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and personal blogs are examples of non-appropriate secondary sources. You must include at least 1 direct quotations from each of your 3 secondary sources; you may, in addition, paraphrase other material from the secondary sources as well. Remember: Not citing your sources, even if you are paraphrasing, is plagiarism. I have a zero-tolerance policy for academic dishonesty. Any instance of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, will result in you receiving an F for the course.


-Stage Coach
-Stage to Lordsburg
-Introduction to Genre Theory

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