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You're to select a recent primary text that depicts Hell or the Underworld (a film, TV show, story, novel, poem, play, or nonfiction essay). Then, using at least five secondary sources that you find on your own, you'll make an argument about how that text uses the concept of hell, as well as famous hell themes and archetypes, to reckon with a difficult reality in the external world.

Your secondary sources should all be from credible print and online publications. These can be both popular and scholarly, including those that are peer-reviewed. You'll need to critically evaluate whether your sources are credible and suited for the use you're making of them.

Possible secondary sources:

  • Film, TV, and book reviews and criticism
  • News articles
  • Books, articles, and book chapters (scholarly and popular)

Three directions for research:

  • Your particular Hell text
  • Theories or ideas that you can apply to your text
  • The real-world issue that your text addresses

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