British Soc & Lit 2 Course Paper Project

Course Paper Project for British Society & Literature 2

Topics approved

  1. Pyg: It’s Mrs. Pearce who makes Eliza a lady.
  2. Pyg: The Greek legend and play compared; why is the play titled this, and how is Eliza different?
  3. Pyg: How do the characters define happiness, and how to they attain their ‘utopias’?
  4. Harry: Environment and influences are important in HP, and make Neville what he is.
  5. Hit: Marvin’s function is to show what humanity is, or what people desire.
  6. Harry: Why is it important, to Dumbledore, to not waste time staring at the Mirror of Erised?
  7. Harry: Does Hermione have a “complex” about being a mud blood? Is that why she studies?
  8. Harry: Hagrid says Gringotts is the safest place in the world except maybe Hogwarts; is it really, and why?
  9. Pyg: Why does Eliza move from the lower to upper class, and what does Shaw mean by it?
  10. Harry: Why, actually, do Hermione and Ron like Harry? Is there a logical reason why him and not other people?
  11. Murder: What does the snowstorm which traps the train represent?
  12. Poems: How do “Warren Pryor” by Alden Nowlan and “Digging” by Seamus Heaney show attitudes to work?
  13. Harry: Harry doesn’t actually have much free choice—most of the events of the novel are predetermined by circumstances.
  14. Harry: Are we sure that Hogwarts doesn’t really show favoritism to pure-blood wizards?

Write a proposal for, and then write an MLA format argument paper of about 800-1000 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: Monday, December 3 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 filler 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 16).
  • We will be spending four classes discussing how to plan and write 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%.