British Soc Cont Novels: Final Paper Assignment

Course Paper Project for British Society Through Contemporary Novels

Topics already approved

  1. Teeth: How do the Iqbals compare to the family in Bend it Like Beckham?
  2. Teeth: How do ‘teeth’ symbolize ideas and people in the novel?
  3. Teeth: What does the first scene of Archie trying to commit suicide mean to the novel?
  4. Teeth: How do people with such different identities and cultures get along in White Teeth?
  5. Teeth: Why does Magid want to change his name to Mark Smith?
  6. How does the diary format of Bridget affect the novel?
  7. Remains: Stevens is unhappy because he wasn’t with his father when he died, because he loses his love, and because he wasn’t a successful butler.
  8. Teeth: Why do Millat and Magid go in entirely different directions, even though they are twins?
  9. Remains: Why Lord Darlington take the side of Germany and how it affects him and Stevens
  10. Bridget: Why does Bridget write “I will” and “I will not” lists?
  11. Bridget: Is Bridget really an independent woman?
  12. Remains: Why is Stevens so obsessed with being a “great butler”?
  13. Bridget: Bridget’s father is not that good as a parent.
  14. Remains: What does Darlington Hall as a place mean to the characters?
  15. Guards: How hypocritical the Ankh Morpork citizens are
  16. Teeth: Why does everyone converge on the FutureMouse demonstration on December 31, 1992? Is there a reason for these structural coincidences?
  17. A comparison of Bridget and Pride & Prejudice
  18. Remains: Is the novel a ‘neoliberal’ one by making Stevens a commodity?
  19. Guards: Is Vetinari’s way of ruling the city of Ankh-Morpork good for the city?

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800-900 words on one or more of the course texts: 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 30 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 you, your best friend, or Korea.
  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 long ones.
  4. Important!: You will first e-mail me (keneckert @ hanyang. ac. kr) a one paragraph proposal, where you will describe what you are going to discuss and what you are specifically going to 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.
  • The most common reason proposals are rejected is that they are too short and vague. One paragraph in length.
  • 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 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 five criteria: Grammar; structure; argumentation; text support (quoting); and the proposal. Each draft is worth 15%.