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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 2: Who “wins” at the end of the play– Higgins or Eliza? Has Higgins succeeded, and has Eliza really changed?

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.

British & American Fiction updated schedule


British Society & Literature 2 updated schedule


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.”

Presentations Mon Sep. 26

A part of your group’s grade will be based on you asking questions to other groups after their presentations, on any day or text.

British Society & Lit 2: Dubliners

  • Group 1: “A little cloud”: What does the title mean, compared to Little Chandler?
  • Group 5: “Counterparts”

Understanding Brit. & Amer. Fiction: Macbeth

  • Group 2: What if Macbeth hadn’t listened to the witches? Does he just use their advice for his own benefit? Argument: Macbeth is corrupted by the witches.
  • Group 7: Is Lady Macbeth worse than Macbeth? Is she the reason for his tragic end?
  • Group 11: Do you think the play says that ambition is a good or bad thing? How does comparing Macbeth to Banquo/Lady Macbeth/Malcolm/Macduff tell us about his ambition? (Video)