Writing a Post

After you have chosen your cultural item, you will write a post that describes and analyzes it.

Each post should be around 500 words, and should include the following components:

Visual: You should include an image or a video that depicts your cultural item. For example, if you are writing about a book, you could include an image of the book’s cover or an image of the author. You could also include a video clip of the author reading, or a screen adaptation of the work.

Introduction: You should provide enough historical context for your reader to understand where your artifact came from, when it was created, and who created it. What is essential for your reader to know about your artifact in order to understand the analysis that will follow? After context, you should include a summary or description of your artifact. Summaries are more appropriate for things like novels or films that have a plot, while descriptions are more appropriate for events, institutions, or dance, for example. You should aim to highlight in words the most important parts of your artifact.

Queer Culture Analysis: After your introduction, you should provide your reasons for why you chose to include your artifact in our digital archive. How does it represent queer culture, or how does it queer normative culture? Make sure that you include ample evidence and analysis to support your reasons.

Course Content Analysis: After you articulate why your artifact belongs in our archive, you should offer an analysis of how your artifact relates to the concepts that we have covered in class. In your analysis, you must paraphrase or quote one of the readings that we encountered in the unit, or one of the discussions that we had during class. This portion of your post should prove to me that you understand and are able to use the key concepts of this course.

Category and Tag: By choosing a category and a tag, you help to classify the artifacts. Categories are limited to the ones listed on the content page, but you must choose–or contact me about including one that will better suit your artifact–before you can publish your post. A tag is more specific in terms of category (for example, “ballet” is a tag for the general category of “performance”), or it could adopt a different system of evaluation (for example, choosing “fierce,” a descriptor, over a more traditional genre. You can see the cloud tag produced from last semester’s posts to the right.

All posts should be well organized and thoroughly proofread–I want to see hard and polished thinking. If you have a question concerning writing, please let me know. I am more than happy to meet with you about how to make your writing stronger.

Posts will be due on September 28 (proposal by September 21), October 26 (proposal by October 19), and November 20 (proposal by November 13).

These posts are an important means of evaluation, and are therefore worth 30% of your final grade. A rubric for the archive project is available here.

The next step is publishing your post.