You will write a 1,500–1,750 word (6–7 pages) essay that analyzes one of the texts we have read in the class according to either the celebrity paradigm or the historical context paradigm. This essay will require you to conduct outside research and to properly cite, using MLA style, at least three sources in addition to the course texts, one of which should be a scholarly source.
If you choose to write using the celebrity paradigm, you will use celebrity theory to analyze your chosen text. You will then use that research to help you develop an argument about the text’s meaning.
If you choose to write using the historical context paradigm, you will research the historical context of either your text’s setting or when it was written. You will then use that research to help you develop an argument about the text’s meaning.
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In general terms a paradigm can be understood as a field or domain of knowledge that embraces a specific vocabulary and set of practices.
From: The Sage Dictionary of Cultural Studies, CREDO