This paper reinforces the skills of close looking and visual analysis that you have developed in this class. This paper continues to develop the skill of making an argument out observations. In doing so, you will develop a comparative account of narrative in three different media – text, sculpture, and painting. Prompt: Choose one of the following stories, each of which is paired with two visual representations. Using the technique of slow looking, develop an account of how the story is represented in the art works you are assigned. From your observations, develop an argument that takes into account the relationship between visual and textual narrative representations. Altogether you will compare three works (two visual, one textual). The argument (thesis) must be arguable. It is not enough to say that one is better than another, or that one is more beautiful. The thesis should not be rooted in opinion; rather, it should be interpretive. You should marshal visual evidence to support the interpretive claim you are making. An opinion is not based in fact; it is merely an attitude or belief. An interpretation is based in fact and reason; an interpretation uses facts to show your understanding of something; it explains the reason, not the opinion, for a particular understanding. All history is interpretation – a way of telling a story based on facts. (Fun fact: Nietzsche said, There are no facts, only interpretations (Will to Power, §481)) (Why, yes! This is an interpretive paraphrase of what he said.) Remember, we are interested in questions of how (interpretation) not what (judgement). Questions to consider: Narrative How is a story told differently in the different narratives? The texts I have given tell the stories from different textual sources – there isn’t even a single, authoritative textual account. And what of the painting and sculpture? What parts of the story are represented? How are they represented? How do the visual images interpret or the textual narrative? How much narrative work does the viewer have to do to make sense of it? Medium What are the advantages of one medium over another? How does viewing a story in paint or in stone change the way it affects you? What kinds of demands does the artwork make on the viewer? Time How do the different media portray time as a feature of narrative? What is possible or impossible in one medium as compared to another? It may be helpful to consider what is not being shown in a particular work. Write a paper of 1000 words that includes visual description of both the sculpture and painting, and that makes an argument. The argument will be original, creative, and distinctively yours. It will be support with facts, and follow a logical, reasoned progression. The most successful papers will have a clearly articulated thesis that is developed and supported by each of the subsequent paragraphs in the essay, structured by topic sentences that tell the reader what the paragraph is about. Guidelines: The paper should be about 1000 words; that is, no less that 900 and no more than 1100. The essay should be written in formal academic style, should contain no grammatical or spelling mistakes, and must include a ‘Works Cited’ section with citations in Chicago style or MLA style. This is a great resource if you need help with citation formats: https://owl.english.purdue.edu (Links to an external site.) Links to an external site. Image citations include the artist, title, date, medium, dimensions, and current location. You can find a model for this on the site listed above. Make sure that your paper has a title, your name, and the date Double-space your text and number the pages Your Works Cited section should be in Chicago or MLA style. You must be consistent with the style you choose. Turn in your paper in as a .doc or .docx. Other formats WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Please refer to the rubric, which is available on Canvas, for the grade requirements of all papers for this course Make the filename of the document you submit your last name Options: Please choose one of the following episodes. Note that I have given you all of the information necessary to write the citation you will need for your bibliography, but I have not given you the citation. You will need to write the citation in the correct format. See the guides listed above for doing so. Plugging this information into an online generator may not result in the correct format. Please double-check your work! The Churning of the Milky Ocean Text: Doniger, Hindu Myths Image 1: “Churning the Sea of Milk,” 12th c., sandstone, Phnom Da Temple, Cambodia, 135 x 125 x 53 cm, Musée Guimet Image 2: “Vishnu as Kurma,” ca. 1860-1870, opaque watercolor on paper, Uttarakhand (India), 32 x 43 cm, Victoria and Albert Museum Krishna Slays the Demon Kaliya Text: Doniger, Hindu Myths Image 1: “Krishna Subdues the Serpent King Kaliya, folio from an album of the Bhagavata Purana,” ca. 1540, opaque watercolor on paper, Northern India, 17.5 x 23 cm, Harvard Art Museums Image 2: “Krishna overcoming the serpent Kaliya,”15th c., bronze, Tamil Nadu (India), H. 66 cm x W. 33 cm x D. 22.9 cm, Asian Art Museum San Francisco Durga Slays Mahisha Text: Doniger, Hindu Myths Image 1: ”Durga Pandal,” October 21, 2007. Kolkata, India. Temporary installation for worship of the Goddess during Durga Puja. Image 2: “Durga and Mahishasura,” ca. 1830, opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Chamba (India), 32 x 26 cm, Victoria and Albert Museum Krishna Lifts Mount Govardhan Text: Venkatesananda, The Concise Srimad Bhagavatam Image 1: “Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhana,” 13th c., Halebid (India), chlorite schist, Halebid Site Museum Image 2: “”Krishna Holds Up Mount Govardhan to Shelter the Villagers of Braj”, Folio from a Harivamsa (The Legend of Hari (Krishna)),” 1590-95; ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; Lahore (Pakistan), 28.9 x 20 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art

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