Cultural Artifact

Essay 3
Over the course of the term, we have worked with the idea that everything happens in contexts. According to your textbook, the WPA provides outcomes that could help students navigate these contexts including:

Read and write to inquire, learn, think critically, and communicate.
Read for content, argumentative strategies, and rhetorical effectiveness.
Find and evaluate popular and scholarly sources.
Use sources in various ways to support your ideas.

Essay 3 will have us review and engage with these outcomes through intentional and reflective reading practices. We will spend the first few weeks expanding out previous discussions about genre into more broad contexts before analyzing how we categorize writing and cultural artifacts into genres.
Bill Hart-Davidson writes in the essay, “Genres Are Enacted by Writers and Readers,” that “…genres are habitual responses to recurring socially bounded situations” (40). Hart-Davidson furthers this idea by determining “[g]enres are constructions of groups, over time, usually with implicit or explicit sanction of organizational or institutional power” (40). Ultimately, this means that genres are not just documents; they are instead frameworks that both writers and readers enact in order to make sense of writing and other artifacts.
For this essay, you will need to select a piece of writing or cultural artifact to evaluate in order to determine the genre most commonly used to make sense of it. This writing could be any primary source that you would like to analyze, including letters, books, short stories, poems, or plays. Alternatively, you could analyze a cultural artifact, such as a movie, video game, television series, music album, or any other piece of media that reflects recurring cultural signifiers. Example topics can be found at the end of this document.
You should accomplish this task using the following criteria:

An essay that spans 1000-1500 words
An evaluation of a piece of writing or cultural artifact (Bullock et. al 202-209)
At least three, peer-reviewed articles that provide context for your evaluation
An observation of all MLA Formatting requirements and expectations

Sample Topics:
Some argue that Tolkien’s novels set the precedent for all Fantasy novels that followed; Game of Thrones, a popular book series and television show, builds on Tolkien’s precedent all the while innovating the Fantasy genre. In what ways is Game of Thrones a traditional fantasy series, and what genre conventions does it seem to move away from?
Snow White was the first Disney Princess that the world fell in love with and set the stage for hand-drawn damsels in distress. Moving into the CGI medium, Tangled and Frozen respectively hold true to some of Snow White’s tropes while also deviating from the formula. Rapunzel, specifically, has her own motivations for escaping the tower outside of finding love. What makes Tangled a “Disney Princess Movie,” and how does it break away from the formula?
Up until Silence of the Lambs, horror movies did not regularly receive nominations for Academy Awards. Jordan Peele’s Get Out also beat the odds by winning an Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay. The Horror genre in general is notorious for being filled with “bad” movies, but obviously there are some “good” ones out there. What makes Get Out a “good” horror movie, and what separates it from the “bad?”