Matt Sautman

Matt Sautman

I am a Graduate Fellow and Masters student with a focus in both Teaching of Writing and Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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    The Role of Wealth and Poverty in The Great Gatsby

    This topic calls for an analysis of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, specifically in regards to how both wealth and poverty are portrayed within the novel. How do the rich live in East and West Egg as opposed to the poor in the Valley of Ashes? What is implied by this portrayal? What can readers learn from Fitzgerald’s portrayal about attitudes about class in the 1920s?

    • Wealth and poverty have always been tangled together in the landscape of the class struggles of the 1920s. The way they are depicted in the novel is a brutal, realistic representation of the realities of the time. – Kaya 3 months ago
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    The Symbolism of Superman

    As a comic book character, few have garnered the notoriety that Superman has. This topic calls for an investigation into the character’s history and an investigation into the symbols the character has come to represent over the years. Questions for investigation may include: How has Superman changed over the decades, and why did these changes occur? What type of ideology does Superman best represent?

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      What can Weeping Angels teach us?

      Since their first appearance on the "Blink" episode of Doctor Who, the alien species known as the Weeping Angels have garnered a large popularity amongst the fanbase that rivals that of series mainstays like the Daleks and the Cyber Men. Instead of asking why the Weeping Angels have managed to acquire such popularity, this topic asks the writer to investigate the symbolism encoded into Weeping Angels. How can a viewer interpret these creatures? What can these interpretations reveal about the viewer’s reality? In a sense the topic centers around two key concepts. What are at least some of the possible interpretations and how do these interpretations comment upon the viewers’ reality?

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        The Mythological and Folk Tale Origins of Classic Anime

        Properties like Yu Yu Hakusho and Dragon Ball Z have proven that anime influenced by Eastern myths and folklore can succeed on an international level. While these inspired stories gain fame, their source material often can go unnoticed in the West, or at least not be as well known as the anime itself. The purpose here then is to analyze what these influences are and to relay these influences so that their original stories can gain the notoriety that is due to them.

        • This is a great idea. I'm really curious about the mythology underlying a lot of anime and would love to know more. Some of them are really deep and gnarly, Paranoia Agent by Satoshi Kon for example. – albee 3 months ago
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        Matt Sautman

        I’m glad you liked that point. That by far is one of my favorite things about the medium.

        Are Video Games Worth Studying? (A Literary Perspective)
        Matt Sautman

        And sadly, I imagine because of “the curse of new media,” we may have to rediscover a lot of the old games that we could have appreciated in more detail had we realized the depth in games decades sooner.

        Are Video Games Worth Studying? (A Literary Perspective)
        Matt Sautman

        Most of my engagement for video game criticism comes from YouTube videos, e.g. GameTheory, but I do know that my Supervisor at SIUE is a review editor for an academic journal that specifically deals with video games: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=164/

        Are Video Games Worth Studying? (A Literary Perspective)
        Matt Sautman

        I’m glad you enjoyed it! There is certainly lots of depth within story but also story structure. Who knows what masterpieces will be released in the coming years?

        Are Video Games Worth Studying? (A Literary Perspective)
        Matt Sautman

        It could be a fun course. I can also envision people getting angry at video games in it the way that they sometimes may get with books in literature courses.

        Are Video Games Worth Studying? (A Literary Perspective)
        Matt Sautman

        There is so much complexity worth unpacking in countless games.

        Are Video Games Worth Studying? (A Literary Perspective)
        Are Video Games Worth Studying? (A Literary Perspective)
        A Hidden Racism in American Horror Story: Roanoke