Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects


Blake AltmanFollow


The following portfolio contains four original essays that explore storytelling across multiple media, ranging from radio to literature to film & television. The first essay explores queer representation during the Golden Age of Radio in the United States. Following that, the next project explores the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods from novel to TV miniseries, specifically in the development of one of its primary characters. The third essay is a discussion of two Palestinian films that share commonalities as part of a larger culture, and the fourth is an exploration of the Internet using Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death as dual guides. All four of these essays emphasize the ways in which storytelling can inform the culture in which stories take place.


Literary and Textual Studies

First reader

Dr. Heather Jordan

Second reader

Ms. Kimberly Spallinger

Publication Date

Summer 8-14-2019