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WWII Propaganda Poster Analysis Assignment

WWII Propaganda Poster Analysis Assignment

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World War IIPropaganda Poster AnalysisDue: October 13, 2010What:
For this analysis paper you will need to visit Special Collections at the Bowdoin College Library.
Where:
Special Collections is located on the 3
rd
floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library and is
only
 
openfrom 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.How:
Special Collections has a section of World War II posters set aside for the class. You will chooseany two posters you would like from this collection to compare and contrast. Please let the librariansshow you what to do, and be
very
careful when handling the materials. You may take notes about the posters (pencils only), and take non-flash photos of them.Your aim is to compare and contrast the posters you chose.
Begin by saying why you chose these particular posters.
What do these posters have in common, and how do they differ?
Your analysis should answer the following questions:
o
Who is the intended audience? How do you know?
o
What is the intention/aim of the poster (to recruit, build support or something else?) andhow can you tell?
o
What is the overall mood conveyed in the posters? How is this conveyed?
o
Who and what is depicted in the posters. Why?
o
What are the manifest and latent messages in each poster? How do you know?
o
What symbolism is used in the poster? Why?
o
What propaganda techniques are used in the poster? What is their aim?
o
How did these posters fit in with the war?
o
Keep in mind the historical context.
Use course material throughout your analysis to support the assertions you make. You are alsowelcome to bring in other relevant material.
Your paper should be 3-4 double-spaced pages long, with all sources cited properly.
You are welcome to use whatever citation style you are comfortable with, as long as you areconsistent.
Grading will be based on the following:
Does it meet all requirements listed above?
Is it analytical in content, not just a summary?
Is it
explicitly related 
to concepts from assigned readings, from in class discussions, readings, etc.(in other words, your analysis should serve as an example of what we are studying in class)?
Does it demonstrate your ability to extend what we have learned in class to other examples of  propaganda?
Does it demonstrate they you understand the social context for this war?
Does it demonstrate that you are thinking critically about propaganda and persuasive messages?
Does it demonstrate strong writing ability,* including thorough proofreading?
* Refer to the writing guide provided at the beginning of the semester.
Rewrites:
You are allowed to re-write one short analysis paper during the course of the semester. If youwant to do this to improve your grade on a paper, you will need to meet with me first so we can go over 

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