Friday, November 30, 2007

Final Project Proposal

Sorry for being so late with the post, but i seem to have come down with the flu or whatever it is that has been going around. For my final project I have been thinking a lot about how to extend my CYOA midterm project, but i have come to the realization that i have exhausted it to the point that it would not provide any type of intellectual statement, which I am assuming is important for this project. An idea that I have been playing around with is the important of narrative voice itself; mainly how it is presented to the audience and what this does with the interpretation of the work. Also, I'm interested in how narrative voice can affect the audience itself. An example is the eerie structure in House of Leaves and how its altering of reality in the story actually temporarily alters the reader's sense of reality if you are exposed to it for a long, uninterrupted period of time. (This is kind of like how you feel like shooting something after watching Die Hard movies.) I plan on analyzing this topic for various types of media such as music and how it can put the listener into different moods. Also comic books, movies, and the books that we have been exposed to during the course. This seems like a broad topic to just analyze narrative voice so if there are any suggestions, feel free to let me know. Have a good weekend.


Adam Johns said...

I'm fine with the general topic - I'll call it "analyzing the emotional character of narrative voice," but you're right that it's overly broad. Rather than thinking in terms of different kinds of media you can analyze, you should have a handful of works in mind (2? 3? 4?), either in a particular kind of media or across different kinds. What you've proposed, without modification, is probably too broad a topic for a book, let alone a relatively short essay.

Mike K said...

My suggestion: Pick two works that are polar opposites in your opinion. Analyze them both, pointing out the differences in them. Pick two that we have all seen or heard of, like Die Hard. That will allow you to reference the readers' emotions and Adam will be able to go "Yeah, I know what you mean. That's what I thought when I saw that movie." or something similar. If you choose this path, I'd also try to find something with distinct dialogue like a [insert race here] comedy vs. a Stephen King novel. The 'voice' you refer to are dramatically different there, which helps you a lot.