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British Soc & Lit 2 – Paper Assignment

Course Paper Project for British Society & Literature 2

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

  1. Pygmalion: Higgins doesn’t love Eliza; he sees her as his masterpiece.
  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.

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: Wednesday, December 6 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%.

British Soc & Lit 2 – Blog Post 3 (Hitchhiker’s Guide)

Douglas Adams – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Blog posts and presentations due: Thursday, November 9

  • Group 5:  Are there any meanings in the characters’ actions and words, which seem just random and absurd?
  • Group 6: Are there moral lessons that the author intends to teach to readers? What are they?

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. The book is silly, but are there any values that are taken seriously in it? What are they?
  2. There are few actual family or life-long relationships in the novel. What does the book say about family, or friendship?
  3. There is no racism or real discrimination against different species or life-forms in the novel. Why do you think this is so?
  4. Is it possible that the major events in the story aren’t random, but are somehow planned by the ship’s supercomputer? What do you think?
  5. Arthur Dent is a fairly normal, dull person in comparison to the strange people around him. Is this true? If so, why would the author write him this way?
  6. At several times Trillian feels sorry for Arthur and defends him or protects him. Why do you think she does this?
  7. What joke do you think the novel makes about governments, or the way organizations are run?
  8. There are hints in the book that Slartibartfast helps Arthur and the others to escape the mice and the police. Do you agree? Why might Slartibartfast do this?
  9. Does the book mean anything, or is it just fun? What messages does it try to teach?
  10. Choose another topic or theme in the book you feel is important. Why is it important?

British Soc & Lit 2 – Blog Post 2 (Orient Express)

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie (1932)

Some help with locations and French expressions at this website.

Blog posts and presentations due: Wednesday, October 18

  • Group 3: Is it an appropriate punishment for Ratchett to be murdered?
  • Group 4: Does Poirot make the right decision about hiding the truth to the police?

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 the ending. Did the ending shock you?
  2. The plot changes quite a bit during the snowstorm when the train is stuck– what happens?
  3. M. Bouc and Dr. Constantine seem a little stupid compared to Poirot. Is this true? Why?
  4. Poirot relies mainly on psychology and logic to solve crimes. How is detective work different today? (Such as in TV shows like CSI).
  5. Are the characters likeable? Do you sympathize with any one of them more than others?
  6. Are the ethnic stereotypes simply a product of Christie’s time, or do you think she is making a statement by using them?
  7. Why was the story set on a train? Is there any symbolism to the train?
  8. Is the book funny in places? Are there any humorous characters?
  9. Does Ratchett deserve to be murdered? Are the people on the train wrong to do so?
  10. Does Poirot do the right thing in hiding what happened to the police?

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Pygmalion, Wed Sep 27 #1: Ji Yeon Kim .
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Brit Soc & Lit 2: Blog Post 1 (Pygmalion)

Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw (1913)

Blog posts and presentations due: Wednesday, September 27

  • Group 1: Who ‘wins’ at the end of the play– Higgins or Eliza? Has Higgins succeeded, and has Eliza really changed?
  • Group 2: Does Higgins really think of Eliza as an ‘object’?– From the start of the experiment till the end of the play?

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.

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. What is Higgins’s relationship to his mother? Does it affect the play’s story?
  2. Do you think that Higgins and Eliza should have married? Why or why not?
  3. Who deserves the most credit for Eliza’s change into a lady– Higgins, or Eliza herself?
  4. Do you side with Higgins or Eliza at the end? Is Eliza ungrateful, or is she right to feel used by the men as a sort of guinea pig?
  5. Is Higgins a good man, or a snob, or just a bit out of touch?
  6. Shaw strongly did not want the play to have a happy ending where Higgins and Eliza get married. Why might he have done this?
  7. Why is Eliza’s father in the play? What does he represent?
  8. Is class something people are born or raised with, or is Higgins correct that it’s just an act?
  9. Why is the play called Pygmalion when the ‘sculptor’ does not fall in love with the statue?

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.

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