I know you have all been waiting with baited breath to find out exactly what I will be doing my Repurposing Project on (kidding). Drum roll, please…. well after a very fruitful one on one meeting, I’ve decided to repurpose an old AP Literature essay on the play Medea by Euripides. The original prompt for the essay was essentially how the theme of ‘madness’ illuminated the deeper meaning of the work as a whole, and I accidentally turned it into a bit of a feminist rant on how female characters are portrayed in literature. I thought that would be really fun to repurpose into an online article targeted at young writers about how female characters have been portrayed throughout history in literature and how to proceed when writing “feminist” characters. Initially, I was hesitant because I thought it might become a sort of dry research paper, but I think adding in a personal element about my own experiences with navigating how to write a feminist character and adding in a satirical element could make this quite engaging, not only for me as the writer, but for the audience who could potentially get something out of a piece like this. I think it will be a really good opportunity to learn more about how we develop characters and what kind effect that has on a reader. I guess my biggest questions to tackle at this point are:
1. How do I narrow this topic? There are so many different directions I could take this essay in; I could tackle it from a historical perspective, or use it as a sort of defining essay for what a feminist character is. While the many facets of this topic will all add to the greater purpose, I think it is important to narrow it down just to keep it from getting too out of control.
2. What is my best venue for this piece? If I’m trying to access young, primarily female writers, I figure an online source would be best- but which? I initially thought something like an online version of Time or Reader’s Digest, but other than me, what teenaged-to-college-aged girl reads those? Maybe an online literary journal for young writers? Maybe something like the New Yorker? Maybe even something as colloquial as Buzzfeed? There are so many options, but I guess it is a matter of picking an outlet that is going to fit best with my narrowed down topic.
So basically I’m going to end misogyny in literature and media. And here is a man to tell you why we need to do that: