Interdisciplinary Works

Interdisciplinary Works

Interdisciplinary Works 150 150 Peter

Interdisciplinary Works

Choose a work that is interdisciplinary (incorporates two or more disciplines), such as Hamilton from our lesson this week.

Include the title and artist(s).
Examine the genres that are intermingled to create the work.
How effective is the blending of genres in the work?
Why do you think the artist used different disciplines in the work?
Support your point(s) with a statement from the artist and one from a critic.

Writing Requirements

Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source)
APA format for in-text citations and list of references

Sample Paper

Interdisciplinary Works

Interdisciplinary art involves using more than one artistic discipline. Interdisciplinary artists may decide to take a different work of art as the subject matter of another to pass the meaning. The meaning of such arts may differ due to the various media used (Martin & Jacobus, 2019). This paper focuses on Alice Walker’s interdisciplinary art titled The Color Purple. The novel was first written in 1895 before being reproduced into a film and music.

The genres intermingled in The Color purple are music, visual and performance art. Through the three, the viewers understand the message as intended by the artist. The detailed design of the film brings out the central theme of the piece of art. The choice of the race of the performers perfectly fits the description given in the novel. The characters in the film acted carefully in an appropriate setting, which allows viewers to understand the kind of interaction between different actors in the movie. Cecil, the black girl, goes through common problems among black women in the early 20th century. Cecil’s journey was marred with racism, violence, sexism and poverty.

The artists used different disciplines to convey a clear message to the audience. With the use of performance art, the viewers could see the actors’ reactions as they respond to various situations. Compared to the written story in the novel, the viewers can get an accurate picture of what transpired. Together with the film director Steven Spielberg, Allen Daviau found out that much of the film was storytelling, and the photography would ensure the clarity of the storytelling. Walker gives a chronology of events beginning from Cecil’s self-discovery through a series of childlike letters in both the film and the book. The piece of art also contains some element of poetry evidence in the raging letters that Cecil wrote to her sister.


Martin, F., & Jacobus, L. (2019). Humanities through the arts (10th ed., pp. 378-396). McGraw-Hill Education.,_Le_3675743_(

Spielberg, S., Walker, A., Goldberg, W., Glover, D., & Walker, A. (1985). The colour purple. Warner Bros.