Art and Politics in Latin America Essay One Guidelines
Each five-paragraph writing exercise represents 10% of your final grade and demonstrates your comprehension of key concepts in class screenings, lectures, and discussions. Focus on a clearly-defined topic by using these guidelines:
Introduction: Carefully define the topic.
This paragraph introduces and narrows the essay topic by specifying the country and identifying artistic forms in particular junctures of Latin American history. For example: Artistic imagery of post-Revolutionary Mexico after 1917 promoted education reform to advance ideas of social reform.
Definition: Citations anchor observations, thus use relevant source(s).
Contextualize observations with history and examples in lectures and readings. Also define terms and describes social dynamics that frame observations with DIRECT CITATION of written and visual examples. For example: David Craven writes the Taller de Gráfica Popular “relied on sporadic institutional funding from popular organizations, state agencies and private collectors (Craven: 68).”
Development: Renew the focus and expand upon the topic. Cite examples to support ideas of the prior paragraphs.
Support ideas with a REFERENCE to lecture or in class readings. For example: The TGP envisioned Mexican social reality according to ideas about how art could reinvent society (Craven: 71).
Synthesis: Paraphrase or delete citation(s) that dominate your work.
Combine evidence from prior paragraphs to connect major themes or ideas of revolution and art to the essay topic. For example: Creating post-revolutionary narratives in art was not a linear process, since static images cannot correspond to frequently changing social realities.
Conclusion: Overlong essays require further organization and editing.
Reiterate the essay topic along with premises that emerge from your observations. For example: Images and national narratives in Mexican cultural narratives defined ‘revolution’ and ‘art’ through varying preferences in popular artistic media.
Print, read, and edit your formatted paper prior to submission.
Grammar and punctuation communicate facts and express ideas. Papers that are disorganized, unruly, and thin in the extreme are unacceptable, thus generate at least one hard-copy draft and proof-read your work before you submit it.
The UA Code of Academic Integrity requires full attribution for all sources. Since bibliographies for your sources are in the syllabus, embed citations within the text. For example:
In Culture and Imperialism, Edward Said describes culture as “…a battleground on which causes expose themselves to the light of day and contend with one another (Said: xiii).”
Please use the following format at the top left of the first page of your essay:
Dr. Dolores Rivas Bahti
Name of Assignment: Essay One; Topic #
Two-page, double-spaced maximum length; 12-point Times Roman font; and justified margins.
Papers should be written in English. Consult with Dr. Rivas Bahti to write in Spanish or Portuguese.
Edit paper for organization, logic, language, grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation, and style.
ASSIGNMENT: ESSAY NUMBER ONE
The essay draft writing process that represents 25% of the final Essay One grade will occur in class on Thursday, April 3, 2013. The Essay One Drop Box submission is due Thursday, April 10, 2014. No late papers will be accepted without prior written communication between the student and instructor(s).
Choose ONE topic treating combinations of art and ideas to discuss the following:
John Mraz introduces his history of war photography in Revolutionary Mexico with a pictorial survey of economic disparities in early twentieth-century Mexican society. Use the Hauser Model to describe the two Fondo Casasola images provided in the book and in D2L Essay I Comparison Slides file located in D2L Content; then write about how each example is an artistic representation of prevalent political ideas in Mexican society prior to the Mexican Revolution.
Mary Coffey uses mural examples by Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco to introduce her survey of relationships between artists, museums, and the state in Post-Revolutionary Mexico. Use the Hauser Model to describe the two mural images provided in the book and in D2L Essay I Comparison Slides file located in D2L Content; then write about how each example is an artistic representation of prevalent social and political ideas about women and ideas of mestizaje after the Mexican Revolution.