From the list below, you will select 1-2 multimodal texts in which visual elements are central (emoji, meme, photo essay, graphic novel). Your writing will use–discuss, examine, apply or question–the ideas in Hofstadter’s essay to create an argument about how images function in the real of intercultural and interlinguistic communication. Do they also need translation of some sort, and if so, what?

Hofstadter, Douglas. “The Shallowness of Google Translate.” The Atlantic. Full version here  Download here.

Select 1-2 texts from categories below:

Memes–see examples: https://stacker.com/stories/2650/50-famous-memes-and-what-they-mean

Photo Essay on a topic of your choice (can be found by searching for “photo essay + topic”). An example of a photo essay on the topic of climate change: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/20/climate-crisis-environment-america

Graphic novel: Feel free to use this excerpt  Download excerptif you want to work with this genre. Gene Luen Yang, “Forfeit Your Soul,” from his graphic novel American Born Chinese.

Emoji translations of classic English-language poems: 



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