Cari Rusk on Ecohorror (the genre in general) with Morgan Foell in Design

Project Description: Dr. Ashley Kniss’ Ecohorror students provided consultation and feedback on key ecohorror terms and concepts to Prof. Meghan Marx’s Design students who then created products to convey and promote the complex concepts. Below is an excerpt and video presentation from Ecohorror student, Cari Rusk and collaborative designs by design student, Morgan Foell. 
​Designs by Morgan Foell:

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Cari Rusk on Ecohorror (the genre in general):  
Since ecohorror is the genre, I focused on the narratives of ecohorror and how each of these narratives work within the genre. Ecohorror is a sub genre of horror that forces us to confront our fears and anxieties about the environment. There are several key features of ecohorror that can be found in modern narratives. Creature features pit humans at the mercy of animals that are usually mutated into some form of monstrosity. One of the classic creature feature movies is Godzilla. A more modern creature feature narrative is Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson and a mutated Gorilla, Wolf, and Crocodile. These types of films flip the animal hierarchy, displaying humans as the prey and at the mercy of these animals. While the idea of being prey is terrifying to humans, it also conveys the idea of humans treating animals with more respect. It shifts the perspective so that humans may have a bit more understanding.   
Another more modern narrative found in ecohorror are the parasitic narratives. Directed by Barry Levinson, The Bay showcases this narrative. Parasites are terrifying because of the lack of control that humans have over their own bodies. Christy Tidwell expresses that the narrative also showcases how interconnected these non-human beings are with humans, which blends the line between the human and the non-human (Tidwell 117). While this is a terrifying concept, it also raises the question as to why we feel so separate from nature when we have so many non-human creatures living inside and on us every day. 

Sherlock Holmes: The Timeless Man

Website created by: Phylese Davis, Dani Jones, Stephen Knerler, Kayla Moran, and Kailyn Pater​

Project Description: Stevenson University students in the English 281 class titled “Modern Adaptations,” created a website that is designed to showcase the idea that adapted stories create new content for people to explore and have the ability to keep the story’s that we love alive. “Sherlock Holmes: The Timeless Man” analyze and discusses the students opinions on the various adaptions of Sherlock Holmes. It dives deeper into the literature, multiple TV shows, art, and other interactive medias revolved around Sherlock Holmes.

Access website by link or button below:
​​​sites.google.com/view/eng281classproject/home?authuser=0

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Design Project: Ecohorror

Description:
“Ecohorror” is the scenario in which nature horrifically strikes back at humanity. It is a subgenre that forces society to confront the anxieties and fears we have relating to the environment. To broaden the idea of ecohorror, the students from Dr. Ashley Kniss’s ENG 281/381 Ecohorror class collaborated with the design students from Professor Marx’s GDES-440: Designing for a Target Market class. To help the design students and the audience understand this form of horror, the English students wrote a description of numerous topics relating to the overall theme. The design students then interpreted the information and worked collaboratively with Dr.Kniss’s class until the project was finalized. Included are posters and merchandise with Ecohorror and environmental themes.  

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Isolation: a recorded & Live Event

​Description:
“Isolation: A Recorded and Live Event” was an online event that was held on October 28, 2020 by Stevenson University’s English 325/35: Fiction Writing class. The students that worked on this project were tasked with exploring the different variations that Isolation can be illustrated or interpreted. In a time where COVID-19 has overtaken the livelihood of regular American life and forced many citizens to be confined to their homes, the students chose the theme of Isolation because it is a topic that most of us can understand and relate to. Each piece is presented on its own page with its own individual style that allows the audience to learn more about the personality of the author. Every student has recorded their pieces, reading alone in different locations and positions. Their work ranges from dark and extreme topics to ones that are much more lighthearted in their nature. Regardless, every piece uncovers a new view on the struggles and triumphs that Isolation has forced them to confront. 
Link:
https://sites.google.com/view/eng325isolation/home

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Spiderman: an age of superheroes

Website created by: Jasmine Benning, Marissa Ingram, Jason Waters, Emily Riggen, and Alex Reed. 

Project Description: A group of Stevenson University students that participated in the English 281 class titled “Modern Adaptations,” created a website that is designed to showcase the idea that adapted stories create new content for people to explore and have the ability to keep the stories that we love alive. “Spider-Man: An Age of Superheroes” introduces a new point of view on the classic Marvel character whose story has been adapted for many decades. It is revealed that society’s fondness for Spider-Man is derived from their ability to relate to his personality and personal dilemma. To support the idea, the students analyzed multiple forms of media that are related to Spider-Man such as the video games, memes, roller coasters, comics, and movies to show how societal changes will never overpower our ability to find comfort in our favorite webslinger. 

Access website by link or button below:
https://sites.google.com/view/spidermanadaptations/home?authuser=0

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