British Soc & Lit 1 Blog Post 1 (Miller’s Tale / Wife of Bath)

“The Miller’s Tale” & “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” from Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1386)

Blog posts due: Friday, March 23

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing “The Miller’s Tale” or “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.” Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.

  1. Is the Miller’s Tale disgusting or offensive, or just silly? Why might people find it funny?
  2. Do you feel sorry for John the husband, or does he get what he deserves?
  3. Some feminists have noticed that everyone in the Miller’s Tale is punished in some way, except for Alison, who does what she wants. Is this correct, or fair?
  4. Is there some kind of moral lesson in the Miller’s Tale?
  5. What is either story saying about love?
  6. What is the Wife of Bath saying about marriage in her tale?
  7. Do you agree with the Wife of Bath’s logic or arguments? Do they make sense?
  8. Although the Wife of Bath wins over her husband, he is still technically a rapist. Is he a sympathetic character? Do you like him?
  9. Is Alison or the Wife of Bath a stronger woman? What do you think Chaucer thinks of women in these stories?

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Course Readings for Spring 2018

Course readings for Spring 2018

  • Writing Academic Papers in English (optional): buy online or download readings 1234

British Society & Literature 1

British Society Through Contemporary Novels

Shakespeare

PBL Vision & Career

  • No texts; course videos are on YouTube and will be listed on this website

Final Exams & Papers

  • The final for British Society & Literature II will be Wednesday, December 20, 10:30 – 12:00, Room 201. Papers are due evening of Sunday, December 17.
  • The final for British Society & Modern Novels will be Thursday, December 21, 1:00 – 2:30, Room 205. Papers are due evening of Sunday, December 17.
  • The final for Writing English Essays will be Thursday, December 21, 9:30 – 12:00, Room 519. Papers are due that evening.

Here are some PPT files for those who would like them for study help: England at 1900; ModernismPygmalionOrient Express; Hitchhiker’s GuideHarry PotterDublinersBrave New WorldLord of the FliesLate ModernismLucky Jim; Postmodernism

British Soc & Lit 2 – Paper Assignment

Course Paper Project for British Society & Literature 2

Topics already approved  (* Please, no more Higgins-Eliza proposals *)

  1. Orient Express: What is the symbolic meaning of 12 in the novel?
  2. Pygmalion: It’s a good thing that Higgins and Eliza don’t get married, as Higgins would make a bad husband.
  3. Pygmalion: Eliza and Higgins see each other as a daughter and father relationship.
  4. Hitchhiker doesn’t reject the humanities if it has things like Vogon poetry and planet-building to find the meaning of life.
  5. Orient Express: Are there reasons for the ethnic stereotypes in the story?
  6. Hitchhiker: What does Marvin the robot say about the human essence?
  7. Orient Express: The passengers do the right thing in killing Ratchett.
  8. Pygmalion: Pickering is the worst character in the play.
  9. Hitchhiker: What does the number 42 mean?
  10. Orient Express: Bouc and Constantine play an important role by contrasting to Poirot and giving evidence.
  11. Harry Potter: Harry chooses his destiny—he doesn’t just rely on others.
  12. Harry Potter: Harry’s experience with the Dursleys eventually made him a more mature person.
  13. Hitchhiker: What is something we can learn from the Vogons? Are they always wrong?

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800 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: Thursday, December 7 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 useless 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 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 four criteria: Grammar; structure; argumentation, and text support (quoting). Each draft is worth 15%.

British Soc & Mod Novels – Paper Assignment

Course Paper Project for British Society & Modern Novels

Topics already approved

  1. The meaning of the title “A Little Cloud” in Dubliners
  2. How do events in Brave New World change the Savage’s (John’s) personality?
  3. “A Mother”: Is what Mrs. Kearney does appropriate behavior?
  4. Flies: How does Jack use or relate to the Beast to control the others?
  5. Flies: How chapter 2 of LoF explains and anticipates the novel’s themes
  6. Brave: Why does Linda give up on life so easily?
  7. Brave: Science and technology fails to control Lenina’s behavior.
  8. Flies: Roger is not a sidekick like Piggy; he is a hidden competitor to Jack.
  9. Flies: Ralph is inadequate; his imperfections are complemented by Piggy, Simon, and Jack.
  10. “The Dead”: The ‘dead’ is actually Gabriel. He is mentally a dead man.
  11. “Eveline”: Why can’t Eveline get on the boat?
  12. “Araby”: Araby is a reflection of the boy’s fabricated cravings.
  13. Flies: Piggy and Roger are opposite counterparts.
  14. “A Little Cloud”: Why does Chandler cry at the end?
  15. Mr. Doran gets what he deserves in “The Boarding House.”
  16. How are Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm similar?
  17. The World State in BNW doesn’t work, as shown in its characters.
  18. How and why do Bernard, Helmholtz, and Lenina get personal feelings that aren’t permitted?

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800 words on one (or more) of the course texts: Dubliners, Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, 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, on paper: Thursday, December 7, 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 useless long quotes. I’d also like secondary sources to be included in your second draft.
  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 (Saturday, 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 four criteria: Grammar; structure; argumentation, and text support (quoting). Each draft is worth 15%.

Writing English Essays

Re: Writing English Essays. A reminder that the campus book store does not carry these books for the course. They need to be ordered via home delivery. Whatthebook is in Itaewon and delivers domestically within Korea.

  1. Writing Academic Papers in English: for Korean Writers (Kenneth Eckert) (AmazonWhatthebook, Barnes & Noble)
  2. Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities (Eric Hayot) (AmazonWhatthebookKyobo Books)

I cannot make this any easier. You’re graduate students. These are inexpensive books, and e-book versions are available which you can read on tablets or PCs. Please conduct yourselves like adults and buy the assigned texts for this course.