British Soc & Modern Novels Course Paper Project

Course Paper Project for British Society & Modern Novels

Topics approved

  1. LoF: There isn’t an “end of innocence” in the novel; the boys never were innocent.
  2. Brave: Bernard’s behavior is justified; he isn’t eccentric, but has reasons for his feelings.
  3. LoF: How the group identity of the boys blinds their morals and reasons.
  4. Dub: Similarities between Little Chandler and Farrington.
  5. LoF: What is the most important thing for Jack and Ralph, and how does it influence them?
  6. Brave: Why are people made to be desensitized to death in the World State?
  7. LoF: The benefits (but limits and problems) of democracy on the island.
  8. LoF: How Jack’s animality and Satanic imagery show his descent into evil.
  9. Brave: The role and symbolism of soma in the novel.
  10. Brave: What does the caste system represent, or reflect from the contemporary world?
  11. LoF: What is the connection between fear and politics in the novel?
  12. Dub: A comparison of the ‘realization’ endings in “Araby” and “Eveline.”
  13. Brave: Why is the World State afraid of people being alone too much?
  14. Lucky: Dixon taking Christine from Bertrand is not only male competition, but also conflict between the working class (Dixon) and the upper class (Welch’s family).
  15. Dub: The role of money to show master-slave relationships in “After the Race.”
  16. LoF: Would Ralph be really killed by Jack if the naval officer had not come to the island? How would that ending change the novel’s meaning?
  17. Brave: How does Chapter 3 help explain the novel?
  18. Lucky: Why doesn’t Dixon leave Margaret if he doesn’t love her?

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: Dubliners, Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, or Lucky JimTry 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%.