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- Item365 snaps: a digital story(2015) Wurfel, MarleneThe author combines 365 still images of her baby taken throughout the first year of her life with retrospective voiceover narration and music. This digital story, or, multimedia project, was produced at a Digital Storytelling Workshop for Educators at the Center for Digital Storytelling, now the StoryCenter in Berkeley, California. Some themes explored in the post-secondary classroom using this very personal story include humanizing pedagogy, social justice and feminist identity, and voice. To produce this creative research project, Marlene Wurfel explored camera techniques, digital storytelling techniques and the phenomenology of mother as documentarian. Photos were animated using Adobe Premiere Pro. Soundtrack by Frozen Silence via a Creative Commons license.
- ItemA digital story(2020) Wurfel, MarleneThis video (.MP4 HD) exemplifies the techniques of digital storytelling including layering images with sound and movement, and further, adding a voiced narrative, a subjective point of view, and dramatic tension. Digital storytelling is a research method operating within an interpretive paradigm whereby the storyteller shares insight and experience with an intention towards personal growth and social or organizational change. Stills gathered from various sources (2020), soundtrack (courtesy YouTube audio library), original footage gathered with gratitude to Indigenous communities in Treaty 8 territory using a Pixel 2 smartphone, editing environment is WeVideo, script and narration by Marlene Wurfel.
- ItemA Halloween story too: Dave and Nightdash in Grimvale(2018) Wurfel, MarleneA sequel to Nightdash set in the used-to-be-spooky town of Grimvale. But now, the Candy Cane Committee has put Christmas lights EVERYWHERE. Will Nightdash and Dave the little Monster and his bat friend be able to save Halloween?
- ItemAmerican immigration rhetoric: a dangerous game: critical analysis of modern immigration speeches and policy statements(2018) Puplampu, Adiki; Wurfel, MarleneThe purpose of this primary research was to contrast the manner in which right-wing and left-wing political figures use rhetoric to refer to immigrants and refugees. The focus of this research was American political figures between the years of 2012 and 2018. Using critical discourse analysis and deconstruction, this paper examined speeches and policy statements from both political spectrums in order to compare their uses of dehumanizing terms in reference to immigrants and refugees. After comparing each side this paper found that in the sources analyzed, the right used dehumanizing rhetoric with more frequency and severity than the left. The units of analysis for this paper were the texts deconstructed and coded for words that fit this paper’s working definition of dehumanizing rhetoric: words or terms that suggest a lack of human qualities in an individual or group of people. The goal of this research was to highlight the way immigrants and refugees are referred to in public discourse by politicians of different political affiliations, and the potential consequences of this negative rhetoric. Course: BCSC 203 Introduction to Research Methods.
- ItemAnalyzing LGBTQ2S+ jokes in 30 Rock and Schitt’s Creek: a qualitative comparison study in sitcom humour(2020) Colwell, Mya; Wurfel, MarleneAs LGBTQ2S+ representation increases in the media, it is important to discover if these increased narratives are also becoming more positive. Utilizing a combination of Critical Discourse and Textual Analysis, this study analyzes LGBTQ2S+ sitcom humour in 30 Rock and Schitt’s Creek to understand what patterns are found in the jokes and how findings compare. After examining connotations drawn from word choice, the presence of power dynamics, body language, and tone, findings indicated that 30 Rock contained an alarming number of negative LGBTQ2S+ jokes, with jokes fitting into three categories: using the term “lesbian” to denote frumpy appearance, using LGBTQ2S+ jokes to create a power imbalance, and erasing identity with LGBTQ2S+ negative jokes. In opposition to this, Schitt’s Creek demonstrated positive representation of LGBTQ2S+ characters and few LGBTQ2S+ specific jokes. LGBTQ2S+ stereotypes were sometimes inverted for humour, but no negative jokes occurred.
- ItemArachne gets revenge(2017) Wurfel, MarleneThis Tales From the Lilypad original by Marlene Wurfel is a mash-up of new story and ancient Greek myth. There are bits from Theseus and the Minotaur, bits from Arachne and Athena's story, bits from Charlotte's Web, and entirely new bits, all woven together for contemporary heros and princessess. Warning: contains lots and lots of spiders.
- ItemCat castle part II: sleepytime in the Enchanted Castle(2019) Wurfel, MarleneThis is a sequel to the Tales from the Lilypad's version of Grimm's The Poor Miller's Boy and the Cat. In the Grimm's fairytale, a poor boy is rescued by a cat who brings him to her enchanted castle in which all the servants are kittens. Inspired by the fairytale, this original 20 minute sleepycast or sleep meditation by Marlene Wurfel is to help kids fall asleep or to just rest and relax at naptime. Welcome to sleepytime at the Enchanted Castle where the sweetwater river flows past all the sleepy little kittens in the sleepy fortress in the enchanted forest.
- ItemChuckles and the wolverine(2021) Wurfel, MarleneChuckles is a snow gnome who performs a daring rescue of a wolverine in this original story by Marlene Wurfel for Tales from the Lilypad. New music by Reid Alexander Whelton. Sound effects courtesy Creative Commons Universal Public Domain Licence and a Creative Commons Attribution Licence via freesound.org. Thank you Pedaling Prince.
- ItemDaiya the balsam poplar dryad(2018) Wurfel, MarleneA dryad is a tree spirit or nymph that lives in a tree. This Tales from the Lilypad original story by Marlene Wurfel is about a Black Poplar dryad named Daiya. This story is loosely inspired by Greek mythology and greatly inspired by my love for Balsam Poplars. Yeah, it gets a bit sappy.