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Brit Soc & Lit 2: Group 2 Pygmalion Podcast

Students in British Society & Literature 2 should listen to this podcast about Pygmalion.

  • Each group may ask up to two questions about the podcast for presentation question credit, using the “Leave a reply” comment link.
  • Group 2 is also responsible for answering your question in the comments.
  • I’ll be turning off the question function in about one week.

Writing English Essays

Hello all

We will have our second class this Wednesday, 9:00-12:00 AM, in Room 212 of the Language & Culture (국제문화관) building. A reminder of the texts for the class:

  1. Writing Academic Papers in English: For Korean Writers (Kenneth Eckert) Kyobo Books What the Book (Itaewon) Amazon
  2. Optional text: Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities (Eric Hayot) (AmazonWhatthebookKyobo Books)

We’ll be doing Chapter 2 on Wednesday and working on activities. (Chapters 1 and 2 are here 1 [pdf] for now). The Writing English Essays 8018 Syllabus is here, and I’ll give you copies in class.

Brit Soc & Lit 2: Group Sign-Up

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Brit Soc & Lit 2: Blog Post 1 (Pygmalion)

Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw (1913)

Blog posts and presentations due: Monday, Oct. 1

  • Group 1: Is Higgins really only looking for a woman like his mother? How does this affect his relationship with Eliza?
  • Group 2: Who most made Eliza a lady? Mrs. Pearce did. Audio Podcast.

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

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. 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 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, Oct. 1

  • Group 1: How the “realization of life” the Araby boy and Eveline have explains the stories.
  • Group 2: What does “Counterparts” mean, and do other characters in the story fit the name?

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

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? Does it mean something more than just a fair to him?
  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 at the end?
  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. Gabriel keeps viewing things differently based on his feelings, and so what the narrator tells us isn’t consistent. Why would Joyce write the story this way?
  9. 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. What do you think?