Feature Articles

Here are several feature articles I have written, most of which started out as academic papers but were molded in to the feature articles you can view today. I have provided the link to and description of these articles below. Take a look and enjoy.

June Cleaver Loses the Apron

I wrote this as an academic paper for a literature class, comparing two different texts and their portrayal of female characters and how these two portrayals differ from the common portrayal of female characters at the time. The texts and characters in question: the heroine from the novel Fantomina and Martha from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf. I have turned this academic paper in to an article for a literary magazine or literature-focused website.

Two Floors of History

In my Research in Professional and Critical Writing course, I had to write a feature article on a subculture of my own choosing. I chose to research historians, historical re-enactors, and historical preservationists. I toured both houses, researched the time period, interviewed docents, wrote the article, and then I turned this feature article in to a five-page magazine spread. To achieve the elegant design you can view in a PDF, I added headings, graphics and photos to shape the essay in to a scannable document. Then I eliminated unnecessary text, changed the font, size, color, and layout so that it resembled a magazine spread for a historical or local magazine.

Two Spirits in Georgia

This feature article details the extraordinary and disturbing murder of Georgia teenager Mary Phagan and the following frenzy that engulfed the cities of Atlanta and Marietta, which lead to what many view as the lynching of an innocent man. While this was originally an academic essay, it has since has been turned in to a historical magazine spread and feature article. I added headings, graphics and photos to shape the essay in to a scannable document. Then I eliminated unnecessary text, changed the font, size, color, and layout so that it resembled a newspaper spread. Since I was unsatisfied with the faux newspaper look, I changed the layout in to that of a magazine spread.

Feasts and Tigers: Titus Andronicus on Film and Stage

William Shakespeare’s scorned and much maligned play Titus Andronicus contains enough violence that would even make seasoned modern viewers cringe. Yet in 1999, one fearless director, Julie Taymor, decided to adapt the little seen play in to a feature film. In this feature article I have compared the original text to its film adaptation. This article functions as both a review and an in-depth examination of both film and play. A word of caution: neither film nor play were meant for the squeamish. This article is not afraid to tackle the difficult and violent subject matter.

A Stoning in the Town Square

This feature article explores the themes of community endorsed violence in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery. The two stories have remarkably similar (and disquieting) scenes where the local community gathers together to send one (or, in the case of the former story, two) members to their ensured and brutal deaths.