Writing Samples – Academic and Critical Essays

The following are a series of academic essays written by Chas during his time at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Nothing but Net: Redefining Racial and Gender Identities with Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover – written for “Children’s Literature.” Recipient of the Runner-Up award in Literary Analysis – SFA Literary Awards (2016) 

Self Portrait: The Personal, Familial and Relational Catharsis of Poetry in Ada Limón’s Bright Dead Things – written for “Advanced Poetry Workshop.”

A Dramedy Tour of Tongue in Cheek: The use of narrative tone to evoke humor in Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – written for “Elements of Craft.”

The Bovary of the Nile: Cleopatra and the Process of Characterization across Mediums – written for “Shakespeare.”

The Hero in the Lens: Dune and the Catharsis of Adapting Literature to Film – written for “Introduction to Literary Analysis.”

Tale as New as Time: Narrative Retellings and Feminist Perspectives with Sarah Rees Brennan’s Beauty and the Chad – written for “Fairy Tales.”

All works © Chas Blankenship 2015-2016

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