Peter Pan Project Proposal

Mission Statement: Our purpose is to explore certain themes that show up throughout Peter Pan and visually represent them in a map of Neverland, while analyzing them historically. The map would enable easier engagement with themes of the novel, making them more memorable. Our primary target readership would be other students who are interested in literary scholarship of novel in terms of historical significance as opposed to just simple textual analysis. A beginning reader/researcher could gain a better understanding of the story through a historical lens. We hope to learn about the way the novel interacts with social, cultural, and political views of the time period contemporary to its publication.

Existing Resources/”Competition”, both digital and traditional: There are numerous works of peer-reviewed scholarship available in digital forms through JSTOR, MLA Bibliography, and other websites like these. However, oftentimes users have limited access, and some of the articles cannot be read online, even though they show up in searches. The majority of print resources are concerned with the play rather than the novel. Our visually-structured project offers greater accessibility for the beginning researcher. Our project would also consolidate the kind of information found in existing resources that are difficult to access and would organize them in a different, intuitive, and visual manner. There are many versions available online such as the play, the novel, and various other adaptations (The Peter Pan Alphabet, the graphic novel, etc.) through Google and Virgo.

Group Organization Plan: Decision-making will proceed as a discussion. For the most part, we will go with that which the majority of the group agrees on. Our group will communicate via e-mail regularly and meet every Sunday, or at least every two weeks. We plan to meet briefly after class on Wednesdays to touch base and prioritize our work for the coming week. Since the nature of our project will be an interactive map, each group member will research a theme that is related to a specific place:

  • Wendy’s Hut/Lost Boys’ Hideout (Gender/Domestic Life): Kaye Marie
  • The Plains (Race): John
  • The Jolly Roger (Piracy): Nick
  • Mermaid Lagoon/Marooner’s Rock (Sexuality): Chaney
  • The Neverwood (British Empire and its decline): Corinthia

Each of us expects the others to do their portion of the work in a timely manner and to communicate regularly.

Tools: The technical tools we intend to use are WordPress, ThingLink, Photoshop, and possibly an image hosting site (like imgur). We also plan to use research tools like Virgo, MLA Bibliography, and JSTOR as well as the UVa Library. Ideally, we would like to use a fictional map creator, as opposed to Photoshop. These tools are, for the most part, self-explanatory, and we will learn as we work on the project. ThingLink provides the ideal platform for our project because it creates an intuitive, interactive image for users to explore a theme. This tool will allow for our map to be more than a simple static image. ThingLink is easy to use and easily incorporated into other sites (embedded, links, etc.).

Detailed plan and timeline: The home page of our WordPress site will include the embedded interactive map, and users will be able to click on each point on the map, which will link to pages dedicated to the different themes. These dedicated pages will vary but will essentially consist of well researched text, images, videos and other materials.

  • Milestone 1: Read Book by the end of the week of March 3.
  • Milestone 2: By the first week of april, have most of the research and notes done, and be working on the blog pages.
  • Milestone 3: By April 19, each person’s respective page should be complete in full prose with all relevant material (images, etc.)
  • **Milestone 4: By the second week of April (10th), have a rough outline of the map, and test embedding it on the WordPress site.
  • Milestone 5: By April 25, have the map completed and embedded, with the pages linked. This leaves a few days for review and final touches.

The individual research pages will be enough to represent our finished project if we cannot get the map to work properly.

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