Movie or Literature analysis on Medivalism.

Perspective analysis: Choose one of the films or texts we’ve studied in this class. From whose perspective is it written? Whose perspective is left out? Develop an argument about why the elided perspective is important and how the work might change (in narrative, shots, themes, focus, etc.) if it were to include this elided perspective.

Choose either “The Little Hours” this movie is available on Netflix or the Decameron Excerpt attached.

You must use at least 1 quote from whichever you choose with an intext citation. The movie citation should look like a time stamp (00.00.00) if you choose the movie.

This is the format it must be written in

Format: Your responses should be typed in standard MLA format (double-spaced, Times New Roman), 12 pt font) and include a Works Cited when appropriate. 450 words minimum per essay; no maximum limit. I should be able to identify easily and quickly which prompt you are responding to.

This is the Grading specifications


☐ expresses ideas clearly and in your own words

☐ makes appropriate use of film studies terminology

☐ clearly and specifically engages with the prompt


☐ incorporates a thesis near the start that offers a WHAT / HOW / WHY

☐ includes at least one quotation or image that is well-integrated with introduction before and explanation/analysis after

Length and Formatting Conventional to Discipline

☐ consists of a minimum of 450 words, not including citation; word count identified one blank line after last sentence

☐ follows standard MLA document formatting (1” margins on all sides, double spacing, Times New Roman 12pt font, etc.)

☐ includes a properly formatted MLA-style citation for the film and/or text cited


☐ demonstrates sufficient proofreading to avoid typos and misspellings

☐ grammar and spelling do not undermine clarity and precision of argument

Citation tips:

For MLA-style film citations, list films by their title. Include the name of the director, the film studio or distributor, and the release year. If relevant, list significant performer names after the director’s name

For example:

The Usual Suspects. Directed by Bryan Singer, performances by Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benecio del Toro. Polygram, 1995.

For MLA-style citations of literary texts, you will need to include the translator’s information–but not mix that up with the author. If the text is anonymous, start with the title of the text.

For example:

Heldris of Cornwall. Silence: A Thirteenth-Century French Romance. Translated by Sarah Roche-Madhi. Minneapolis: Michigan State University Press, 1999.

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