Reflective Analysis Essay about "The Island of Dr. Moreau" and "Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia" 1200 Words

| November 21, 2015

FAH 101–2015 Second Writing Assignment Due November 19 at 10:10 a.m. Purpose This assignment is designed to build upon the skills that you employed in the first paper, where you learned to look carefully at a work of art and to translate your visual responses into descriptive and analytical language. There are two major differences in this second assignment: (1) you will now apply those skills to the task of comparing and contrasting two different works, stating a clear thesis about the nature of this relationship, and (2) we now ask you to locate your observations about the two works concretely in history. This means that you will have to consult secondary sources to identify how the subject matter and form of the works are related to particular developments in the world in which the maker was working. How can you attribute the differences or similarities between the works to the broader patterns of history and biography? Format The paper should be no more than 5 pages, double-spaced in 12-point font, with normal margins. Include your name, student number, and TA’s name on the paper. Proofread carefully for grammatical and spelling errors. You must cite any sources, using notes or parenthetical in-text citations in the Chicago style (see for guidance). You must consult and cite at least two sources. These sources must be books or articles (in print or online) available through the University of Toronto library catalogue ( For help finding sources, explore the library’s “Art” Research Help page: Please include an image (i.e., a photograph or a detailed illustration; ensure that your flash is turned off when taking photos in the gallery) of each work at the end of your paper. Caption each image with a figure number, the name of the artist, the title of the work (in italics), and the date of the work. The Works Select two works currently on view at the University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC). The works may be from the same or different exhibitions. The exhibitions currently on view are: Rocks, Stones and Dust (on view until December 18) BMO First Art! Exhibition (on view until December 18) On Location (on view until November 14) The Art of Devotion (ongoing exhibition) Practical Information University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) University College, University of Toronto 15 King’s College Circle Opening Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Wednesday, 12:00–8:00 p.m. Admission is free. Justina M. Barnicke Gallery Hart House, University of Toronto 7 Hart House Circle Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm Wednesday, 12:00 – 8:00 pm Admission is free. Advice on Compare/Contrast Papers [adapted from the City University of New York writing centre] In many beginning Art History courses, and in more advanced ones as well, you will be asked towrite a paper in which you make a comparison and contrast between two works. This type of essay usually requires a substantial comparative judgment of the two works, which will function as your thesis. One option for a thesis statement for this kind of comparative essay could be based on how you see the two works in relation to each other and to some aspect of the human condition, or culture, or history. It could be, for example, that both artists painted peasants working in a field, but one painting suggests the oneness of humans and nature, perhaps because the figures appear to be an integral part of the field in which they are working, while the other painting emphasizes the separation between humans and nature. The evidence you provide for your thesis will include your interpretation, analysis, and description of the characteristics of both works, and must at all times relate to your thesis. For example, if you are discussing horizontality or verticality, you need to first accurately and clearly describe these elements in both works and then evaluate how these visual orientations demonstrate the validity of your thesis concerning humans as a part of nature or separate from it. Do not divide the paper into two discrete sections: avoid a discussion of one work of art followed by a discussion of the other. Instead, each paragraph can include discussion of both works in relation to a particular element or a well thought-out combination of elements, such as color and texture. The point of comparison or contrast that each paragraph makes must support the point of your paper, your thesis.

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