Paper #5

Fifth paper: A Personal Response to a Work of Art

The work for this paper is Scott Carrier’s photo taken in the basement of a fortress in Afghanistan during the war against Taliban forces.

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It is your “reading” of the photo that will be interesting here.

The paper should have two parts (which can be interwoven, if you wish, in your essay). The second part is the real heart of the exercise:

1)You should note details and analyze the photo as you have done with earlier works. Pay close attention to what you see, to what is there, asking questions about what you see. Answer the questions with good analysis.

2)Most critically for this paper, write about what the photo makes you think, what it makes you feel, what questions it raises about your life. What does the photo teach you about yourself, about the society of which you are a part? In short, write personally and thoughtfully about your own interactions with this work of art.

Obviously, we are all different people and our responses will vary greatly. There is no right or wrong set of responses here. There are, however, more thoughtful and less thoughtful responses, and on that basis I’ll evaluate the papers.

About 2 pages. Email it to me during finals week, by the latest on December 15, or bring a copy by my office, CB 311E.

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Author: Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/

1 thought on “Paper #5”

  1. I’ve attached my paper below.

    On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 8:40 PM, Adventures in the Humanities UVU wrote:

    > Scott Abbott posted: “Fifth paper: A Personal Response to a Work of Art > The work for this paper is Scott Carrier’s photo taken in the basement of a > fortress in Afghanistan during the war against Taliban forces. It is your > “reading” of the photo that will be interesting her” >

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