Capstone/Dissertation Title

Text and context: new historicism and Art Spiegelman's Maus I and Maus II

Term

2008

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Abstract

The goal of this research was to design and assess a unit that facilitates students' making of meaningful connections between literature and history by employing the theory of New Historicism. This project combined the literary theory of New Historicism and the curricular model of the International Baccalaureate Organisation's Middle Years Programme to create and analyze a unit for Art Spiegelman's Maus I and Maus II that combines literary and nonliterary texts in a literature classroom. The unit was critiqued by three experts using a qualitative questionnaire designed by the author. The key findings that emerged from the data were that the curriculum: 1) Presents multiple perspectives and encourages multicultural awareness 2) Promotes holistic learning through the connections made between literature and history and 3) Supports the development of speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing, and thinking skills.

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