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WRPR 101: Finding a Voice - Researching Films (HC)

Writing Program 101: Finding a Voice (Ladva) Fall 2022

Getting Started

For Assignment #2 you will be analyzing critical reactions to one of the two films you will be studying:   Black Panther or Rabbit-Proof Fence.

This guide lays out the research tools and strategies for finding film reviews in academic journals, as well as magazines and newspapers.  It also shows how to find essays collected in scholarly books.  Using effective search strategies on Google will provide critiques addressing targeted audiences.  From background sources you can build a larger context that will help you signal the significant points in your argument.

These different kinds of sources will provide a rich variety of viewpoints that you can oppose, champion and analyze in your paper.       

Film Reviews in Magazines and Newspapers

Film Analysis in Scholarly Collections

When we look for books in Tripod, we often specify a subject search for the greatest focus.  But when finding criticism of novels or films, there is an additional strategy for finding essays published in book form.

Search the titles in quotation marks as keyword searches (Any Field in Tripod):  "black panther" [Any Field] AND ((film* OR "motion picture*" OR superhero*) [Subject]   Limited to books published 2018-present   Results link

Titles include:

Women in Marvel Films.  By Miriam Kent.  Edinburgh University Press, 2021.  Essay-"The (Afro)future of a diverse Marvel : gender, race and empire in Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther. Asgard as a people-racial ambiguity in Thor: Ragnarok's heroines ; Wakanda forever : black femininity and the (Afro)future"   Icon 

Postcolonial Lack: Identity, Culture, Surplus. By Gautam Basu Thakar.  State University of New York Press, 2020.  Essay: Chapter Five: "Five. Political Correctness Is Phallic: Idaho Politics, Black Panther and Gran Torino.  Icon 

Film Resources on the Web

Background on the Films