Course Paper Project for British Society and Literature II
Topics already approved
- Flies: Why the novel’s name is Lord of the Flies.
- Harry: The importance of the philosopher’s stone in the novel.
- Pyg: Why don’t Eliza and Colonel Pickering fall in love with each other?
- Flies: The importance of the parachutist in the novel—before and after he falls.
- Pyg: A feminist analysis of Eliza, Mrs. Pearce, and Mrs. Higgins.
- Harry: Slytherin House deserved to win the House Cup the most.
- Flies: The symbolism of the signal fire and the spears in the novel.
- Flies: What does Simon mean to Jack’s leadership?
- Flies: What do the conch and Piggy’s glasses symbolize?
- Hitchhiker: Existentialism in the novel.
- Flies: The anonymity of the masks, and Internet anonymity.
- Pyg: Could Higgins’s education of Eliza be successful without Colonel Pickering?
- Pyg: Why shouldn’t Eliza marry Higgins?
- Pyg: What is Arthur Doolittle’s role in the play? Why is he so different from Eliza?
- Harry: Why does Rowling or the narrator always describe Gryffindor positively and Slytherin negatively?
- Flies: Why are there no girls in the novel?
- Hitchhiker: Why does Slartibartfast help the others?
- Harry: What makes Harry a lovable character for the reader?
- Pyg: A comparison with Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.
- Flies: The masks and anonymity.
Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800-900 words on one or more of the course texts: Pygmalion, Lord of the Flies, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, or any poem. 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, December 5 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 (extended to Wednesday, December 18).
- 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%.