UCI Imitation of Life Analysis Final Project


Papers should develop an argument and support that argument through sustained analysis of the primary documents. The questions posed below should help guide you towards your analysis. You do not need to answer all the questions. They are included to help point you towards your argument.The goal of the final paper is to demonstrate your ability to analyze historical documents in relationship to the period of film history that we are discussing in this course. The paper should be between 1000 to 1500 words. Be sure to indicate which prompt you are responding to!ResearchProjectYou will complete a research project that considers how a film was marketed and/or reviewed in different contexts. . The final project will consist of two parts:•Primary Sources: The is to demonstrate that you know how to identify and locate primary (as opposed to secondary) sources. You will submit a list of works cited using MLA style. Your works cited must entirely of primary sources and must include at least ten entries. You must consist of access to UCI library material using the library’s VPN in order to complete this assignment.You will submit images of your primary sources with the bibliography.•Final Project: The goal of the final project is to demonstrate that you can analyze historical documents. You will submit a paper that analyzes primary documents in response to the paper prompt.

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30%: Claim
Makes an original and
insightful claim that is
substantive and specific.
Provides a thoughtful and
original analysis of the
primary sources to support
the claim.
Makes a claim that is
substantive and
Provides a solid analysis
of the primary sources
to support the claim.
30%: Use of
Primary Sources
Uses well-chosen quotations
that are seamlessly
incorporated into the paper.
Expertly synthesizes the
primary material. Provides
context for the quotations.
Properly cites the sources
using MLA style.
Quotations are well
chosen. Synthesizes the
primary material.
Provides context for the
quotations. Properly
cites the sources using
MLA style.
10%: Writing (Word
choice; sentence
fluency; grammar
and conventions)
Word choice is natural,
varied, and vivid. sentences
are clear, complete, and of
varying lengths. Grammar,
spelling, and punctuation
are correct.
Word choice is accurate
but routine. Sentences
are well constructed.
Might have a couple
errors but is generally
30%: Analysis
There’s a claim there,
but it is confused,
buried, and/or unclear.
Analysis of the primary
sources is underdeveloped and/or
doesn’t adequately
relate the evidence to
the claim.
Transitions to the
quotations are abrupt
so that it’s not clear
who is saying what.
There is little or no
synthesis of the primary
Word choice is
generally accurate.
Sentences are
sometimes awkward
and/or contain run-ons,
fragments, and other
D or F
There is no apparent
argument or claim.
Describes them rather
than analyzing the
sources. Evidence does
not support the claim.
Quotations don’t
necessarily support the
point the author is
making. Context is not
provided for the
quotations. Primary
material is not
synthesized. Doesn’t
properly cite sources.
Poor word choice. Runons, fragments,
awkward phrasing, and
grammatical and other
errors make it hard to
Annotated Bibliography
Annotated bibliography of Imitation of Life (1934 and 1959)
1. Sirk, Douglas, and Fannie Hurst. Imitation of Life. Hollywood: Universal Pictures
Co., Inc, 1959.
Imitation of Life is a 1959 American drama film directed by Douglas Sirk and
produced by Ross Hunter. The film has also been released by Universal International,
similar to the first film. It was Sirk’s finale Hollywood film and was aimed at dealing
with race, class, and gender. Imitation of Life (1959) is the second film that has been
an adaptation of Fannie Hurst’s 1933 novel of the same name.
2. “Imitation of Life (1959 Film).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Apr. 1959,
This is the complete look into the 1959 film with all details on the plot, its historical
background, the whole movie details, and what the film entails.
3. “Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory.”
Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 21 Jan.
This article tries to look into Fannie Hurst’s inspiration in the inscription of her
novel Imitation of Life on a road trip to Canada that she took with her friend, the AfricanAmerican short-story writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston. The novel was initially to
be called Sugar House but was altered just before publication.
4. “Imitation of Life 1934.” 1935.
The Imitation of life is an American drama film directed by John M. Stahl and the whole
screenplay done by William Hurlburt. The film is based on the novel imitation of life, which, as
mentioned earlier, is written by Fannie Hurst and augmented by eight unaccredited writers. The
film stars Claudette Colbert, Warren Williams, Louise Beavers, and Rochelle Hudson.
5. Ravitz, Abe C. Imitations of Life: Fannie Hurst’s Gaslight Sonatas. Southern
Illinois University Press, 1957.
Imitation of Life is a prevalent 1933 novel by Fannie Hurst that was modified into two
fruitful films for Universal Pictures: a 1934 film and a 1959 remake. It contracts with
matters of race, class, and gender. Fixed in the 1910s at “the Shore” of New Jersey, the
novel reconnoiters questions of race and type in the primary beginning of 20th-century
6. Vermilye, Jerry. The Films of the Thirties. Citadel Press, 1960.
The article talks about the films released in the thirties with the imitation of life being
mentioned. Produced by the production of the universal picture, the movie gets to touch
on the issue of race and identity
7. Stahl, John M.director. Imitation of Life (1934). Citadel press 1934
This look into the director of the movie imitation of life in 1934. His role in the movie
production, the whole production crew, the plot of the movie, and its impact on the
society at that time. The reviews and the accolades that the movie got. It is a holistic look
into the 1934 film.

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Explanation & Answer:
1000 words

identity crisis

theatre world

concise address of issues

typical American life

Fannie Hurst

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