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Research-Supported Critical Essay in Academic Style)
In his essay “Ways of Seeing,” John Berger asks, “to whom does the art of the past properly belong? To those who can apply it to their own lives, or to a cultural hierarchy of relic specialists?” (32). Beginning with these questions as your jumping off point, develop, expand, rewrite, revise, and reshape your third paper into a research-supported essay on a specific image, in which you attempt to understand “the art of the past” in the manner that Berger describes in his essay. In other words, attempt to take a “total approach to art” (32) by doing some research into the historical, cultural, and critical contexts that contribute to the production and meaning of whichever image, or images, you choose to write about. Berger claims that
[i]f the new language of images were used differently, it would, through its use, confer a new kind of power. Within it we could begin to define our experiences more precisely in areas where words are inadequate. Not only personal experience, but also the essential historical experience of our relation to the past: that is to say the experience of seeking to give meaning to our lives, of trying to understand the history of which we can become the active agents. (33)
So, for your research project, put Berger’s ideas into practice by producing a 6-8 page research-supported essay, (which means 6 FULL pages minimum) inspired and informed by your engagement with the ideas in “Ways of Seeing,” in which you reclaim “the art of the past.” Focus on researching the historical/cultural contexts of a specific work of art (or any important cultural image).
In addition to Berger’s book, you must also cite a minimum of 2 (a maximum of 4) outside sources (at least 1 of which must meet the standards of scholarly or peer-reviewed sources). Remember, not all sources are equal, so be sure to select sources carefully, to integrate them into your paper properly, to use them effectively, and to cite them correctly according to MLA style guidelines (as always, refer to the material on PurdueOWL for MLA reference). When evaluating your final publishs, I will be paying particular attention to the following areas of your writing:
• Thesis (including how well you structure your content around your central idea)
• Research (How effective is your use of outside sources in supporting your own ideas?)
• Engagement with Berger’s essay (Do you demonstrate comprehension of Berger’s main ideas? Do you effectively use ideas from his essay in your own?)
• Content (How effectively do you develop your content over a longer essay? Are you developing your ideas? Or are you being repetitive?)
• Writing (Are all the grammatical and stylistic elements of your writing up to college-level standards?)
• Tone and Academic Style (Does the tone of your writing achieve the proper level of formality? Have you considered the needs of a general, diverse—yet educated—audience?)
• Format (There is no excuse not to know the proper MLA format for papers now, so format papers correctly and make sure they look professional in appearance).
Refer to the syllabus for paper format specifications (or, again, PurdueOWL). For any citations, follow MLA guidelines, use parenthetical citation within the text of your essay when you quote or paraphrase a source. You will need to include a Works Cited page at the end of your essay.

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