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British Society & Modern Novels

British Soc & Mod Novels – Paper Assignment

Course Paper Project for British Society & Modern Novels

Topics already approved

  1. The meaning of the title “A Little Cloud” in Dubliners
  2. How do events in Brave New World change the Savage’s (John’s) personality?
  3. Why is Mrs. Kearney in “A Mother” a terrible mother?
  4. Lord of Flies: How does Jack use or relate to the Beast to control the others?
  5. Lord of Flies: How LofF parodies The Coral Island
  6. Brave: Why does Linda give up on life so easily?
  7. Brave: Science and technology fails to control Lenina’s behavior.
  8. Lord of Flies: Roger is not a sidekick like Piggy; he is a hidden competitor to Jack.

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800 words on one (or more) of the course texts: Dubliners, Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, or Lucky Jim. Try to discuss an issue or theme which explains the text(s); simply comparing two characters can be boring unless the comparison tells us something meaningful. Feel free to look at the blog questions or think about the presentations for ideas.

Due date, on paper: Monday, December 4, in class (no e-mails)

  1. The paper must state an argument with examples and reasons, focused on the text.
  2. It’s OK if you use evidence or history from the time period of the text to help explain it, so long as your emphasis is on the text. Do not write a paper which is really about your best friend or about K-Pop.
  3. The paper must directly quote from the text to prove your arguments. If your paper has three irrelevant quotes I will assume you didn’t read the text. Use short quotes rather than padding the paper with useless long quotes. I’d also like secondary sources to be included in your second draft.
  4. Important!: Here is how the paper will work. You will e-mail me (keneckert @ hanyang. ac. kr) a 70+ word proposal, where you will describe what you are going to discuss and what question or argument you are going to answer or prove in your paper. You should do this soon, because: a) I won’t accept a paper without an accepted proposal; and b) once a proposal is accepted, no other student can write on the same argument. For this reason your proposal needs to be specific. I will reject vague, one-sentence proposals saying, e.g. “I will write about why x is bad.” How and why is he bad? How will you prove it?
  • Your second paper in this course will be a revision of this first paper, due on the last day of classes by e-mail (Saturday, December 16).
  • We will be spending four classes discussing how to write, research, and edit academic argument papers.
  • Refer to the “Files” heading on this site for an example of MLA formatting. We’ll discuss this in class as well.
  • Grading will be on four criteria: Grammar; structure; argumentation, and text support (quoting). Each draft is worth 15%.

British Soc & Mod Novs: Blog Post 3 (Lord of the Flies)

Lord of the Flies – William Golding (1954)

Blog posts due and presentation day: Thursday, November 9

  • Group 5: What is the meaning of the beast in the novel?
  • Group 6: What do Piggy and Simon’s deaths represent?

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing Lord of the Flies. Feel free to make your post a reply to someone else’s post if you like.

Choose one topic for your presentation or for online discussion or your paper. One topic per group. A narrow, focused discussion is usually more interesting.

What is the importance of ___________ in the novel? What does it/he symbolize or mean to the characters, the story, or its messages?

  1. The conch shell
  2. Piggy (the boy)
  3. Piggy’s glasses
  4. Ralph’s leadership versus Jack’s
  5. The gender of the characters–why no girls?
  6. The fire
  7. Scars (on people, or on the land)
  8. The pointed sticks
  9. The “littleuns” (the younger children)
  10. The naval officer

British Soc & Mod Novs: Blog Post 2 (Brave New World)

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (1932)

Blog posts and presentations due: Monday, October 23

  • Group 3: There are hints in the book that the World State inherently doesn’t work or has problems. What are they?
  • Group 4: Is it true that a society of only high intellectuals would be a disaster?

Write a post here of about 200 words discussing one of these questions; or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.

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. Discuss satire and humor in Brave New World.
  2. Discuss the historical meaning of the character names (Marx, Lenina, Ford, Bernard [Shaw]). Why does Huxley use them?
  3. Most World State members are happy, though people like John, Bernard, and Helmholtz are not. Why? What is wrong with World State society?
  4. Are there things in life better than being happy? Why are they denied in the World State?
  5. Huxley once complained that a society where people were controlled through childish pleasures wasn’t much different from California! Do you think there are cultures now that are too much like the World State?
  6. Discuss how factory production (even of people) is depicted or satirized in the novel.
  7. The role of sex and love in the novel. Do you find the novel offensive? Why?
  8. Discuss the castes of people in the novel. Is it true that a society of only high intellectuals would be a disaster?
  9. Is John really more “free” in the savage reservation than the people in the cities?
  10. Is pain really necessary for the possibility of true happiness?

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British Soc & Mod Novs: Blog Post 1 (Dubliners)

Dubliners, by James Joyce (1914)

Reading List: Please read: Araby, Eveline, After the Race, The Boarding House, A Little Cloud, Counterparts, A Mother, The Dead.

Blog posts and presentations due: Monday, Sep. 25

  • Group 1: “The Boarding House”: Mr. Doran and Polly’s marriage will probably be a bad one– is this true, and why?
  • Group 2: “Eveline”: Why does Eveline panic and refuse to join Frank?

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing one of these questions; or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.

For the presentations, choose one story 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. Araby. How can you describe the narrator? Why is he so disappointed by the fair at the end? What was he expecting?
  2. Eveline. Why does Eveline panic and refuse to join Frank? Do her actions symbolize something deeper? Why does she act as she does at the end?
  3. After the Race. Why does Jimmy regret gambling with the others? What is the meaning of the story, or the meaning of “daybreak”?
  4. The Boarding House. Has either Mrs. Mooney or Polly “trapped” Mr. Doran, or does he get what he deserves?
  5. A Little Cloud. Do you sympathize with Little Chandler? Is he right to feel the way he does?
  6. Counterparts. Farrington is obviously an alcoholic; does he deserve his treatment at work? Is there a connection between his feelings and his treatment of his son?
  7. A Mother. Why does Mrs. Kearney act the way she does? Is she right to? How do you feel about her daughter?
  8. The Dead. What does the story mean? Some people believe it is about Gabriel, but others that it is about Ireland, and some critics see it as describing life itself. Can you see meaning in the story?

British Society Through Modern Novels – Syllabus

ENG 3044: British Society Through Modern Novels (Fall 2017)

Here is the course syllabus: 2017-9 British Soc Mod Novels 3044 Syllabus

We’ll be reading these texts. You can use any version, but please buy one in the full original English.

  1. Dubliners (James Joyce) (Amazon, Gmarket, Free Public Domain)
  2. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) (Amazon, Gmarket, Free Public Domain)
  3. Lord of the Flies (William Golding) (Amazon, Gmarket)
  4. Lucky Jim (Kingsley Amis) (Amazon, Gmarket)
  5. Optional: Writing Academic Papers in English: for Korean Writers (Kenneth Eckert) (Amazon, Readings 1, 2, 3, 4)

Student Volunteers for KOTESOL



The Korean Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language conference will be held at COEX in Seoul, October 10-11. I’ll also be reading a paper there. If you’re interested in volunteering for the conference, this is a good experience to meet people and possibly get work leads or other contacts. Click on the link for the flyer.