The paper you produce for the course “Women in Art” 3227 will need to analyze one or more artworks by one artist who identifies as a woman, as trans, or as genderqueer.
See the attached document for a list of suggestions for artists whose work you might wish to consider for your initial topic proposals, but you are free to propose artwork(s) by any artist you wish to write about even if the artist isn’t on the list.
By the end of this course each student is required to produce one 5–7 page research paper, but the paper will be due in several stages in order to help students improve the relationship between content and clarity and learn the process of writing and rewriting
For this first stage, you need to choose three different topics you might be interested in writing about for the paper. Do enough preliminary research to be sure there is enough published material on the topic you are proposing to support a research project of this scope. If you aren’t sure where to start, I recommend referring to this handout: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/art-history/ and then checking the library catalog, the resources recommended under the “Going Further” menu heading on the course’s Blackboard site, and the links suggested on this page: http://csueastbay.libguides.com/art
Then write up outlines for the paper you think you might want to write on each of the topics. This video may be helpful: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/outlines-demo/
Your paper will be on artwork made by one artist. It can be just one artwork or more than one artwork, but made by just one artist. The topic should be the artwork primarily, and NOT the artist’s biography or style.
Your three proposed topics, then, will probably be artworks made by three different artists. If you are very interested in one particular artist, though, and want to explore what you might write about different artworks by that artist, you could propose two or three different topics that have to do with that one artist instead.
I leave it to you to decide how detailed you want to make your outlines. There is no minimum length. These are not papers but just outlines. You don’t even have to use complete sentences if individual words or phrases will get your idea across. The idea is not that you write the papers yet, but just that you give me an indication of the direction you can imagine taking: what kind of ideas and material do you think you will want to include and how do you think you might organize this information?
It’s okay if the structure of your paper changes after you’ve done more thorough research and as you write it in the remaining stages of this assignment, but the outlines will help me understand why you find the topics you’ve selected interesting and what you think you may want to say about them so that I can give you better feedback about how to move forward with the project.