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Papers/Essays

PROF

2022

ENGL 328

JANET GRAFTON

DATE

COURSE

WORDS

2643

GRADE

A/A+

Playing with The Witch Trope in Sims 4: Realm of Magic

Interestingly enough, this is my second research paper that examines content in The Sims. Earlier in the year, I had written a paper on disability representation in Sims 4 for MEDI 265, and I was inspired to I decided to take a sort of interdisciplinary approach, drawing on what I learned in media studies, sociology, studies in women and gender, and philosophy courses. It was so much fun to research and write as I was genuinely immersed in the topic, and the ability to include imagery was a huge motivator.

There was one source in my proposal that I didn't get to include here; originally, I planned to have a whole section that explores location in relation to the trope, but I was bound by the word count (a 3000 word limit). 

Box art for Sims 4: Realm of Magic 

Image via The Sims Wiki

© Electronic Arts

Mantha-Blythe, Victoria. The Witch’s House: Designing the House of The Witch

as a Process of Deconstructing an Authority and Invoking a Feminist Resistance. 2021. U of Waterloo, Master’s thesis. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/16683.

PROF

2020

ENGL 232

NICOLE KLAN

DATE

COURSE

WORDS

2309

GRADE

A+

Queer Theory in The War That Saved My Life

For my Children's Literature course, I had to write a research essay on one of the children's books assigned as course texts. I've made it an unofficial rule for myself that I have to do at least one queer project each semester, so I chose Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's 2015 novel.

In May 2021, my instructor nominated this essay for the department's Essay Competition.

The War That Saved My Life.jfif

2016 Cover of The War That Saved My Life 

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 

Image via Penguin Random House

Cover art © 2015 by Josie Portillo

Tianna's essay raises an important issue regarding representation of queerness in children's texts without oversimplifying.

It is clearly argued and well-researched.

⁠—Nicole Klan, Instructor

Source

Presentations

PROF

2022

CREW 430

JOY GUGELER

DATE

COURSE

LENGTH

10 MINS

GRADE

A

The Feathertale Review

The purpose of this assignment was to explore Canadian literary magazines and compare them to Portal. I drew on Feathertale to start the conversation on implementing several web features, and I inquired about our abilities and limitations as a university-funded publication. Although some of my ideas for Portal were outside the scope of our current possibilities, I thought of many more and applied them along the way.

I wholeheartedly believe that animations are an integral aspect of a proper PowerPoint.

Download to see mine!

Research Posters

PROF

2022

SWAG 310

COLLETTE JONES

DATE