(English 2: 666)
Description: Group Seminars
Date due: as scheduled
Length: c. 30-40 minutes
Worth: 20% (10% each)
Date due: Week 7 (Friday 19/9)
Length: 1200-1500 words
Description: 3-hour Exam (closed book)
Structure: Three essay questions
• Assignment 1: Group Seminars
30-40 minutes for the entire presentation
(20% [10% each])
In the first workshop, you'll be assigned to one of five groups. Each group will present, twice in the seminar, a seminar / report on one of the ten novels in the course.
You'll be marked on the effectiveness with which your group introduces the main themes of the book, as well as outlining the controversy surrounding its author.
• Assignment 2: Essay
You may not answer on either of the authors your group has been assigned for Assignment 1.
• Final Examination (3 hours)
3 essay-type questions
NB: You are not permitted to write about any of the novels / authors you've used in Assignments 1 & 2.
Assignment 2: Essay Topics
[1200-1500 words (20%)]
Answer one question only.
Normal in-line citations (in either MLA or APA format) will be required for any material quoted or referred to in your essay. This includes the set text under discussion, even if you're using the exact edition recommended for the course.
NB: You may not answer on either of the authors your group has been assigned for Assignment 1.
NB: Please remember to include a word count at the end.
1. James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)
Write a review of James Joyce’s novel intended for a Dublin paper in 1922.
Write an essay discussing whether or not Ulysses can be considered a feminist novel.
2. Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness (1928)
Write a review of Radclyffe Hall’s novel intended for a London paper in 1928.
Write a character sketch of Stephen from the point-of-view of either her mother or her lover Mary.
3. D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928)
Write a review of D. H. Lawrence’s novel intended for a London paper in 1928.
Is Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover more concerned with sexual liberation or the dangers of industrialism? Discuss.
4. Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer (1934)
Write a review of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer intended for a Parisian paper in 1934.
Tropic of Cancer is best read as a precursor of Post-war Parisian Existentialism. Discuss.
5. Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory (1940):
Write a review of Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory intended for a Catholic journal at the time of Cardinal Griffin's attack in 1953.
What is the significance of the two endings of The Power and the Glory?
6. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955):
Write a review of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel intended for a London paper in 1959.
Write a description of Humbert from the point-of-view of either his wife Charlotte Haze or 'Mrs. Richard F. Schiller'.
7. Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago (1957):
Write a review of Boris Pasternak’s novel intended for a Moscow paper in 1958.
Write a review of Boris Pasternak’s novel intended for a New York paper in 1958.
8. William Burroughs, Naked Lunch (1959):
Write a review of Naked Lunch intended for a New York paper in 1959.
Write a description of either Hassan or Dr Benway from Lee’s point-of-view.
9. Kathy Acker, The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec (1975):
Write a review of Kathy Acker’s novel intended for a London paper in 1989.
The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec contains many borrowings from earlier books and films. What, in your view, is the intention behind this procedure?
10. Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses (1988):
Write a review of the film which might have been made in the early 80s of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight's Children (1981).
The Satanic Verses contains many allusions to Islamic tradition. What, in your view, is the significance of these allusions?