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Final Exams & Papers

  • The final for British Society & Literature II will be Wednesday, December 20, 10:30 – 12:00, Room 201. Papers are due evening of Sunday, December 17.
  • The final for British Society & Modern Novels will be Thursday, December 21, 1:00 – 2:30, Room 205. Papers are due evening of Sunday, December 17.
  • The final for Writing English Essays will be Thursday, December 21, 9:30 – 12:00, Room 519. Papers are due that evening.

Here are some PPT files for those who would like them for study help: England at 1900; ModernismPygmalionOrient Express; Hitchhiker’s GuideHarry PotterDublinersBrave New WorldLord of the FliesLate ModernismLucky Jim; Postmodernism

British Soc & Lit 2 – Paper Assignment

Course Paper Project for British Society & Literature 2

Topics already approved  (* Please, no more Higgins-Eliza proposals *)

  1. Orient Express: What is the symbolic meaning of 12 in the novel?
  2. Pygmalion: It’s a good thing that Higgins and Eliza don’t get married, as Higgins would make a bad husband.
  3. Pygmalion: Eliza and Higgins see each other as a daughter and father relationship.
  4. Hitchhiker doesn’t reject the humanities if it has things like Vogon poetry and planet-building to find the meaning of life.
  5. Orient Express: Are there reasons for the ethnic stereotypes in the story?
  6. Hitchhiker: What does Marvin the robot say about the human essence?
  7. Orient Express: The passengers do the right thing in killing Ratchett.
  8. Pygmalion: Pickering is the worst character in the play.
  9. Hitchhiker: What does the number 42 mean?
  10. Orient Express: Bouc and Constantine play an important role by contrasting to Poirot and giving evidence.
  11. Harry Potter: Harry chooses his destiny—he doesn’t just rely on others.
  12. Harry Potter: Harry’s experience with the Dursleys eventually made him a more mature person.
  13. Hitchhiker: What is something we can learn from the Vogons? Are they always wrong?

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800 words on one (or more) of the course texts: Pygmalion, Murder on the Orient Express, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, or a poem we studiedTry 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: Thursday, December 7 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.
  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 (Sunday, December 17).
  • 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%.

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Pygmalion, Wed Sep 27 #1: Ji Yeon Kim .
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Orient Express, Thu Oct 12 #1: Innae C.
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Hitchhiker's Guide, Thu Nov 9 #1: Minji K.
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Harry Potter, Thu Dec 7 (Extra Credit) #1: Minji K.
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British Society & Literature 2 – Syllabus

ENG 1061: British Society & Literature 2 (Fall 2017)

Here is the course syllabus: 2017-9 British Society & Literature 2 1061 Syllabus

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

  1. Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw) (Amazon, Gmarket, Free Public Domain)
  2. Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) (Amazon, Gmarket)
  3. Poetry (Pdf Handout)
  4. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1 (Douglas Adams) (Amazon, Gmarket)
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (J.K. Rowling) (also called Sorcerer’s Stone in U.S.) (Amazon, Gmarket)
  6. Optional: Writing Academic Papers in English: for Korean Writers (Kenneth Eckert) (Amazon, Readings 1, 2, 3, 4)

Reminder: Papers Due Sun Dec 18

A reminder! All papers in all courses are due Sunday, December 18 before midnight, by e-mail. Late papers will have grades deducted by the day.

Writing English Essays (Graduate): Papers must have an abstract, lit review, and references.

British Society & Lit 2: Papers must quote from and list in the references at least three external sources besides the primary text.

General advice for all papers: Prove your claims with quotations; generally, having more short quotations is better than a few long ones.

Classes Meet Monday Dec. 12 + Final Papers

I’ve been given an exam schedule which now shows final exams December 13-21. Because of this, and because we need a makeup class, we will have classes on Monday, December 12. Attending the peer edit will count towards in-class writing grades.

British & American Fiction updated schedule

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British Society & Literature 2 updated schedule

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All final papers are due by e-mail Sunday, December 18. Send your paper to: ken-hany-email-big

British Soc. & Lit 2: Final Course Paper

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800 words on one (or more) of the course texts: Dubliners, Pygmalion, Hitchhiker’s Guide, or Pale View. Try to discuss an issue or theme which explains the text(s); simply comparing two characters is often boring unless the comparison tells us something meaningful. Feel free to look at the blog questions or think about the presentations for ideas.

  • First draft due date, on paper: Monday, November 28
  • Final draft due date, by e-mail: Monday, December 12
  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 you or K-Pop.
  3. The paper must 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.
  4. Important!: You will e-mail me 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 Higgins 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; after I grade it, you will edit and improve the paper.
  • We will be spending the last six classes discussing how to write, research, and edit academic argument papers (Nov 22 – Dec 6).
  • 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%.

Accepted Proposals so Far

*Please– no more proposals for Pale View unless they are very strong ones.*

  1. Pygmalion: Eliza was the most successful person in the play, where Alfred was not.
  2. Pygmalion: Shaw makes a pro-love statement by not having a conventional happy ending, because Freddy’s love is an end in itself.
  3. Dubliners: How do Eveline, Mrs. Mooney, and Mrs. Kearney see marriage as a means to an end?
  4. Pale View: Sachiko was Etsuko, and mostly was a projection of her own feelings or actions.
  5. Dubliners: Jimmy’s changes and feelings of limitation/ ‘glass ceiling’ in “After the Race.”
  6. Pale View: Etsuko is guilty because she is directly responsible for Keiko’s suicide.
  7. Pale View: Sachiko/Mariko were not a projection of Etsuko’s guilty imagination, but real people.
  8. Hitchhiker’s Guide: Humor and jokes about governments and politics in the novel.
  9. Pygmalion: Shaw’s criticism of the class system.
  10. Hitchhiker’s Guide: Why does Adams use the Hitchhiker’s Guide so much in the book of the same name?
  11. Pale View: Keiko commits suicide because she was similar to Mariko.
  12. Dubliners: How does Joyce criticize British colonialism in Dubliners?
  13. Dubliners: Why doesn’t Mangan’s sister have a name in “Araby”?
  14. Pale View: Why does Etsuko divorce Jiro and go to England?
  15. Pale View: Niki would have gotten along better with Jiro than with Etsuko.
  16. Dubliners: Does Eveline have a “Cinderella complex”?
  17. Pale View: Is Ogata dishonest? What do his actions and the chess game mean to the novel?
  18. Pale View: Evasion and conflict in Jiro/Ogata, Fujimara/Sachiko, and Etsuko/Niki.
  19. Hitchhiker’s Guide: The role of technology in the earth creation and Marvin—what does it mean for people?
  20. Pygmalion: Shaw named the play Pygmalion to show a contrast between the mythic sculptor and Higgins.
  21. Pale View: Chess and Jiro / Ogata’s generation gap.
  22. Pale View: The status of women in the novel—what does it mean?
  23. Dubliners: What does the baby’s crying at the end of “A Little Cloud” mean?
  24. Pygmalion: Language and class for Eliza and Clara.
  25. Louis Dudek – “Poetry for Intellectuals.” The beauty of short poetry and word implication.
  26. Pygmalion: Eliza won’t be happy with Freddy in the future.
  27. Pygmalion: The play does not have a happy ending because of Shaw’s feminist ideas.
  28. Dubliners: Eveline doesn’t really love Frank; he’s more a “helper” to her.
  29. Dubliners: The young boy’s superior attitude in “An Encounter.”