Modern Girl Philosopher: The Story of Velva G. Darling
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This creative project explores the process of adapting history into a screenplay. The project centers on the life and career of Velva G. Darling, a female columnist active in the 1920s and '30s. Darling achieved success writing a nationally syndicated pro and con column and was eventually dubbed both the “modern girl philosopher” and “the female Francis Bacon.” By 1933, she had disappeared from the public eye, and her name appeared in print for the last time in 1940. This project seeks to investigate the construction and performance of Velva’s writer persona, tracing the concept of “self-branding” from the past to the present. Included is the screenplay, “DARLING” as well as an analytical component that explores both the research and writing process, the screenplay’s thematic elements, and the project’s significance.