Artifact Analysis of Cosplay’s Blue Crystal Staff
English 104: Composition Research
This assignment shall enable you to:
Select an artifact that enhances your understanding of the subculture
Gain an insight into the symbolic world of the people being studied
Learn how to read and interpret cultural artifacts
In about a page and half, describe and interpret an artifact and/or certain aspect of your fieldsite. Take fieldnotes while you study your artifact and site. Describe the details of the object. Sketch, map, or photograph it. Research its history. Interview those who have made or used the object. Then interpret and analyze your artifact by considering the following questions:
Why did you choose the artifact?
How are you positioned to “read” the artifact?
What clues does the artifact offer regarding traditions, rituals, values, rules, and behaviors in your subculture?
What does it say about the person who uses it?
Include a photograph or sketch of the artifact in your paper.
Use APA style
1 and ½ space
Title your paper
Include a reference page
Use Times New Roman 12
Leave 1″ margins
III. Evaluation Criteria
Your paper should:
State and develop a coherent thesis
Describe and interpret an artifact/site
Triangulate data and incorporate appropriate sources
Identify your positionality as fieldworker
Use organizational techniques such as analytic section headings
Be clear, engaging, and error-free