Category Archives: Brit Soc Contemp Novels

Brit Soc & Contemp Novels: Blog Post 3 (Guards! Guards!)

Terry Pratchett – Guards! Guards! (1989)

Presentations: Monday, April 30

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing the text. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.

For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. The protagonists of the book are losers, drunks, and cowards (Vimes, Colon, Nobby). Why? Is Pratchett making a statement about heroism?
  2. How does Vimes change throughout the story? Why?
  3. Why does the book seem so interested in books and libraries?
  4. How do the dwarves compare to humans? Are they better or worse?
  5. At one point the dragon is disgusted to realize that humans can be more cruel than dragons. What do you think Pratchett is saying as a message?
  6. Vimes doesn’t seem to agree with Vetinari that all people are evil, and the best a ruler can do is balance out opposing people. Is Vetinari bad, or a practical ruler of a violent city?
  7. Does the book prove Vetinari right by having two dragons cancel each other out?
  8. Does the novel have a message or moral it wants the reader to learn?
  9. Is there something else in the novel you think is interesting or meaningful?

British Soc & Contemp Novels – Blog Post 2 (White Teeth)

Zadie Smith – White Teeth (2000)

Readings: If you can’t read the entire novel, you can skip chapters 5, 6, 7, and 10.

Blog posts due / Presentations: Thursday, April 12

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing the novel. Choose a topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post. Or make your own topic.

For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. How do Archie and Samad remain friends over the years when they are so different?
  2. What do Irie and Magid find so attractive about “Englishness”?
  3. Why is Samad so obsessed about his great-grandfather?
  4. Why do Samad’s children rebel against their father?
  5. Is Alsana just mean, or does she have a reason to dislike her husband?
  6. Why does Irie explode at the Joneses and Iqbals on the bus at the climax of the story? What is her argument?
  7. What is the meaning of the SuperMouse? What does it represent?
  8. Why do you think the author decided that Irie would never know the father of her baby? What does it mean?
  9. The fathers in this novel seem absent or weak. Why? Or do you agree?
  10. Why do you think the novel is called White Teeth? What do teeth mean here?

British Soc Contemp Novels: Blog Post 1 (Bridget Jones)

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (1996)

Blog posts due / Presentations: Monday, March 26

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing Bridget Jones’s Diary. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.

For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. Why do you think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries? Was it a good choice?
  2. Bridget often lies to herself in the entries, telling herself that she doesn’t like Daniel or that she will eat better or stop smoking. Why does she do this?
  3. Is it right for Bridget to be trying to date her boss all the time, or is it Daniel who is at fault? Why is she so attracted to him?
  4. Do you feel sympathy for Bridget, or does she get what she deserves sometimes for being lazy or silly or having bad personal habits like drinking too much?
  5. Discuss Mark Darcy. Does he treat Bridget properly, or is he wrong to look down on her initially? Why is he attracted to her?
  6. The novel is sometimes hostile to men, but Bridget’s father seems very kind and hurt by Bridget’s mother. Is there a reason the author makes her mother this way?
  7. Is Rebecca catty and mean, or is it maybe true as some critics say, that she is justifiably jealous of Bridget’s career and adventures? Are there times when Bridget is wrong, or fails to understand other people?
  8. Bridget and her friends regularly complain about the bias against single people. Is this criticism fair?
  9. Does the novel teach a lesson or have a moral to it? What is it?

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Course Readings for Spring 2018

Course readings for Spring 2018

  • Writing Academic Papers in English (optional): buy online or download readings 1234

British Society & Literature 1

British Society Through Contemporary Novels

Shakespeare

PBL Vision & Career

  • No texts; course videos are on YouTube and will be listed on this website

Final Papers

Papers for Brit Soc & Lit I / Brit Contemp Novels are due Wednesday, June 15 by e-mail: ken-hany-email-big

 

  • Papers should be 900-1000 words
  • Papers should be correct MLA format
  • Papers should have quotations from at least three English-language secondary sources (Korean ones are fine in addition to three English ones)
  • Papers should have an MLA Works Cited list
  • Part of the paper grade will be based on quoted evidence

Final Exams

A reminder for final exams for June 2016:

  • British Society & Literature I: Wednesday, June 15, 10:30-12:00
  • British Contemporary Novels: Wednesday, June 15, 3:00-4:30
  • Campus Vision & Career has no exam but the final project is due Wed, June 15.

No electronic devices or smartphones will be allowed, but paper dictionaries are welcome.