Course Paper Project for British Society Through Modern Novels
Topics already approved
- Flush: A scene comparison of Flush meeting Miss Barrett for the first and last times.
- Flush: A feminist reading of the novella—the oppressive males and Flush’s maleness.
- Brave and Flush: What does happiness mean in Flush, compared to Brave New World?
- Dubliners: Why does Little Chandler choose Byron’s poems in “A little cloud”? Is there a meaning behind this?
- Brave: A comparison of the dystopian futures in Brave New World and 1984.
- Flush/Eveline: Two women who want to leave their father’s control.
- Brave: Why is stability so important to the world state?
- Brave: Bernard’s fake personality reflects the dystopian world.
- Brave: Marx, Helmholtz and Lenina show how the World State doesn’t work and is destined to fail.
- Flush: Who is more important to Miss Barrett—Flush or Mr. Browning?
- Brave: The role and symbolism of soma in the novel.
- Flush: Why does the story negatively compare London to Italy?
- Lucky: Jim smiles and laughs and makes faces, although he is not happy; why?
- Flush: Why does Woolf use a dog to tell the biography of Miss Barrett?
- Lucky: Why is Jim lucky?
- Lucky: Dixon doesn’t deserve to be “saved” by Gore-Urquhart.
- Brave: If John could choose, would he be happier in Malpais or London?
- Lucky: Is Professor Welch actually a bad guy?
Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800-900 words on one or more of the course texts: Dubliners, Brave New World, Flush, or Lucky Jim. 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: Monday, December 2 in class (paper only, 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 you, your best friend, or Korea.
- 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.
- 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, December 16).
- 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%.