Monthly Archives: May 2018

Brit Soc & Contemp Novs: Final Paper Assignment

Course Paper Project for British Society & Contemporary Novels

Topics already approved  * No more proposals about Stevens *

  1. Remains: How and why is Stevens ‘ambivalent’?
  2. Remains: Who is actually the best servant at Darlington House– Stevens, his father, or Miss Kenton?
  3. Teeth: Why does Millat join KEVIN? What does it mean for him?
  4. Bridget: Bridget and the women in the novel are pro-feminist characters.
  5. Remains: How does Stevens lie to himself?
  6. Remains: What are the remains of the day? What does the title mean?
  7. Guards: Why is Vimes so obsessed with catching the dragon?
  8. Remains: Why and how does Darlington become a Nazi sympathizer?
  9. Remains: If Miss Kenton liked Stevens, why didn’t their relationship develop?
  10. Teeth: How was Archie’s second life better than his first?
  11. Remains: What made Miss Kenton so frustrated when Lisa eloped with the footman?
  12. Bridget: How do Bridget and Miss Kenton deal with emotions of love?
  13. Teeth: How do Archie and Samad remain friends when they’re so different?
  14. Bridget: How does Bridget’s mother’s selfishness affect Bridget and others?

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800 words on one (or more) of the course texts we studied: Bridget Jones’s Diary, White Teeth, Guards! Guards!, or Remains of the Day. 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, first draft: Thursday, May 31 in class (paper only, 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 one paragraph 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 want to write about why Daniel is bad.” How and why is he bad? How will you prove it?
  • Again, the most common reason proposals are rejected is that they are too short and vague.
  • Your second paper in this course will be a revision of this first paper, due on the last day of classes by e-mail (Monday, June 18).
  • 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 1: Final Paper Assignment

Course Paper Project for British Society & Literature 1

Topics already approved 

  1. Dorian: Is Lord Henry a symbol of (or literally) the Devil?
  2. P&P: Why does Wickham want to marry Lydia if she has no money?
  3. Dorian: What does the picture itself mean or symbolize?
  4. Dorian: How do the other characters reflect Dorian’s loss of purity?
  5. Venice: Do Shylock and Jessica ever love each other?
  6. Mental illness in “My Last Duchess”?
  7. P&P: Is Elizabeth a feminist character, and how?
  8. Dorian: Why isn’t Dorian ever actually shown with young, single women?

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800 words on one (or more) of the course texts: Chaucer, The Merchant of Venice, Pride & Prejudice, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 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, first draft: Thursday, May 31 in class (paper only, 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 one paragraph 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 want to write about why Dorian is bad.” How and why is he bad? How will you prove it?
  • Again, the most common reason proposals are rejected is that they are too short and vague.
  • Your second paper in this course will be a revision of this first paper, due on the last day of classes by e-mail (Thursday, June 21).
  • 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%.

PBL & Visioning – MUL Episode 5 Blog Post

  • On Wednesday, June 13 you will be submitting a written assignment on one of the issues discussed in Episodes 1-6. Write a paper of about 750 words discussing how this problem is a factor at Hanyang ERICA, and how it might be solved. Be specific and do some research– “The university should fix poor eating habits by encouraging students to eat better” isn’t a realistic or detailed solution.

Choose one of the following questions and write a post of about 100-200 words answering it. There are no right or wrong answers; give your opinion, or respond to someone else’s post.

  1. You need to work on a group assignment, and one of your members isn’t helping at all. What are some ways you might solve this problem with positive-sum thinking?
  2. You’re having a good time at the party/M.T. but you’ve had enough alcohol for the night. How can you avoid drinking more alcohol if you don’t want to? List some strategies you might try, or recommend.
  3. One of your friends obviously has a caffeine addiction, and can’t get through the day without huge amounts of soda and coffee. Saying “drink less” isn’t going to help. What other advice can you give to help?

British Soc Con Novels: Blog Post 4 (Remains of the Day)

Kazuo Ishiguro – The Remains of the Day (1989)

Blog posts due / Presentations: Monday, May 21

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

  1. What does Stevens care most deeply about? Does he believe that he has lived up to his own standards?
  2. Miss Kenton threatens to leave when Lord Darlington fires the Jewish maids, and doesn’t. Is she less wrong, or more wrong, than Stevens, who does nothing?
  3. Realistically, do you think Miss Kenton could have been happy married to Stevens?
  4. Some critics feel the book is funny. Do you agree? Where is there humor in the story?
  5. Ishiguro is famous for having “unreliable narrators.” Give some examples of Stevens’s inability to see things as readers see them. What blinds him, or gets in his way of understanding, especially when it comes to Lord Darlington?
  6. What is the meaning of the “banter” which Stevens feels he should learn to do? Why does he return to that idea at the very end of the novel?
  7. One of the most beautiful scenes in the novel, and one of Stevens’s strongest memories, is him and Miss Kenton watching his father from a window. Why is this such a vivid memory?
  8. What do the characters Stevens meets and stays with during his vacation teach him about himself? Give some examples.
  9. Are there other themes or ideas in the novel you think are interesting?

British Soc & Lit 1 Blog Post 4: Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

(You can skip chapter 11 if you are short on time)

Presentations & Blog posts due: Thursday, May 17

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing the novel. 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, at least a few days before.

  1. Can we define Dorian’s nature as either good or evil? Whose fault is it that he becomes corrupt?
  2. “All art is quite useless.” Do you think this is true? Why does Wilde write this? Does the novel prove or disprove this in any way?
  3. What impact does Sibyl’s death have on Dorian? Are there places in the novel where Dorian could easily turn away from evil and change?
  4. The characters in the novel seem selfish. Is it possible that the only person who loves anybody in the novel is James Vane, for his sister Sibyl? Do other people have real love or friendship for others?
  5. Does Dorian continue to derive actual pleasure from his actions as time goes on? If not, what motivates him?
  6. Does Dorian actually cause his own downfall, or is it Lord Henry’s fault? Who is the most to blame?
  7. Does Lord Henry suffer for his actions, or does he get away with what he’s done? Or has he actually done anything wrong?
  8. Is Dorian Gray an immoral book, or does it have a lesson? Do you agree with early critics who said the book was a bad influence on people?
  9. Are there other themes or ideas in the novel you think are interesting?