Course Paper Project for British Society & Literature 2
Topics already approved (* Please, no more Higgins-Eliza proposals *)
- Orient Express: What is the symbolic meaning of 12 in the novel?
- Pygmalion: It’s a good thing that Higgins and Eliza don’t get married, as Higgins would make a bad husband.
- Pygmalion: Eliza and Higgins see each other as a daughter and father relationship.
- Hitchhiker doesn’t reject the humanities if it has things like Vogon poetry and planet-building to find the meaning of life.
- Orient Express: Are there reasons for the ethnic stereotypes in the story?
- Hitchhiker: What does Marvin the robot say about the human essence?
- Orient Express: The passengers do the right thing in killing Ratchett.
- Pygmalion: Pickering is the worst character in the play.
- Hitchhiker: What does the number 42 mean?
- Orient Express: Bouc and Constantine play an important role by contrasting to Poirot and giving evidence.
- Harry Potter: Harry chooses his destiny—he doesn’t just rely on others.
- Harry Potter: Harry’s experience with the Dursleys eventually made him a more mature person.
- 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 studied. 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, on paper: Thursday, December 7 in class (no e-mails)
- The paper must state an argument with examples and reasons, focused on the text.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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%.