Part 1. After reading and viewing the Looking through a Cultural Lens and Looking Through a Gender- or Sexuality-Based Lens pages, answer up to three questions related to your chosen theory/theories (see below) to discuss your dramatic selection. Be sure to provide evidence (passages from the play, script, or film) to support your answers.
- How does race/culture/gender/sexuality shape the ways the characters interact with each other, both onstage and in offstage actions we learn about?
- What types of symbols or objects in the drama reflect the characters’ racial/cultural/gender/sexual identities?
- How does race/culture/gender/sexuality function as a persistent force in your dramatic piece?
- What stereotypes or assumptions relating to race/culture/gender/sexuality are present in the drama, and how do the characters react to them?
- How does the drama reflect the experiences of victims of racism/bigotry/sexism/homophobia?
Use specific details from the text to support your answers, including at least one direct quote (with appropriate parenthetical citation).
Part 2. Use one or more of the Research Resources for Your Drama Analysis Essay in this Unit to add depth or insight into the critical lens(es) that you are using. Choose a pertinent quote or paraphrase that you find applicable to your chosen text and theory, and, in your own words, explain how it connects. Be sure to appropriately cite your scholarly source both in-text and using the bibliography provided. Approach this as preparation for your essay in this Unit.
Part 3. Respond to at least 2 of your classmates’ posts. Your initial post should consist of at least 2 complete and well-written paragraphs, and your replies should be thoughtful and substantive.
- Your response to the question(s) is well supported by your textual examples
- Your explanation and engagement of your chosen quotation(s) conveys issues related to the lens you’re applying
- Your peer responses are substantive and thoughtful and advance the discussion by introducing new insights or perspectives, and/or significantly deepening or broadening the conversation with questions (Avoid generalized comments such as “good post” or “I agree”).
- Your use of language: your writing should be clear, well-organized, and free from spelling and grammar errors. Any quoted material is integrated logically and grammatically and clearly signaled with appropriate MLA citation. The post represents your original thinking unless otherwise indicated.
This activity may use a different grading rubric than what was used in past activities. Be sure to check the grading rubric before starting.