The idea of ‘translation’ (broadly conceived) has been central to the course in many different ways. Choose one of the following types of translation (a or b) and show how and why it is important to the works we have studied:
a) translation across cultures (e.g. Mary Shelley’s ‘translation’ of the German sublime into a British novel; translating a Japanese print aesthetic into European painting; e.g. the two way influences between ‘East’ and ‘West’ demonstrated in the colonial translation of European Impressionist aesthetics into the work of Naidu; e.g. literal translation from French to English)
b) translation of content across different media (e.g. from painting to poem; e.g. from music to painting, or any other combination).
Your essay must draw substantially on both the Sublime and Impressionist sections of the course.
Requirements for the two exam essays:
Demonstration of an understanding of the material covered in class, and the works covered so far in the course. Your focal texts MUST be drawn from those we have covered in the course.
Effective use of detailed analysis of your focal texts, and effective breadth of reference among the works studied, demonstrating a good knowledge of the range of art forms covered. Your answer should engage in detail with a small group of focal texts, while using broader reference where appropriate to support and contextualize that argument.
demonstration of independent thinking, which builds on what we have covered in class but extends it (e.g. choose passages of the texts for your own close analysis that are not the same as the focal passages covered in class); your analysis (while based in class discussion and using our work in class as a model) must develop your own application of the ideas we have explored to the texts we have studied to demonstrate your independent understanding.
engagement with some of the scholarly sources set for further reading; you can do this by quoting from them and referencing them to support your argument.
Your argument should be clear, focused, and well organized
the essay should be free of grammatical and spelling errors, and it should maintain a consistent style and tone.
You must include references and a list of works cited. You can use any recognized standardized system of citation (footnotes, or in-text citation).
***See the syllabus for information about the submission process,
the deadline, and the essay requirements***