Your final grades have been submitted and are wending their way through the system. Any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch.
There are still a number of assignments to be picked up in Hazen Hall 100. Yes the course is over, but you might still learn something from the comments that could be applied to future work, so please pick them up.
In class on Thursday we were discussing postcolonialism with respect to Rohinton Mistry’s “Squatter.” Coincidentally came across this article calling for a museum to remind and educate Indians and tourist alike about the realities of colonial rule:
Choose any of our short story authors, and find another short story by them. Compare the newfound story, to the story we read and discussed in class, in terms of its use of between one and three selected literary practices.
Be sure to:
Define and reference literary terms as per Assignment #2.
Find three outside sources and refer to each of them at least once within your essay, either by direct quotation, or paraphrasing.
1. We discussed Poe’s “The Black Cat” in terms of i) the unreliable narrator, ii) the question of whether the events were supernatural or whether there was a rational explanation (both of which are within the Gothic), and iii) Poe’s belief that a short story should be intensely focused. Chose another story by Poe and compare it to “The Black Cat” in terms of any, or all three, of these aspects.
2. We discussed Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” in terms of i) its regionalism, ii) its being a Southern Gothic, and iii) its first-person plural point of view. Chose another story by Faulkner and compare it to “A Rose for Emily” in terms of any, or all three, of these aspects.
3. We discussed Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” in terms of i) its exploration of changes in women’s roles, ii) its limited omniscient narrator, and iii) the irony of the ending. Chose another story by Chopin and compare it to “Story of an Hour” in terms of any, or all three, of these aspects.
Due to impending storm and warnings from RCMP about driving, class will be cancelled Thursday February 16 . Check the revised schedule, and note that the second writing assignment has been posted. Stay warm and safe!
[NB. Linda Hansen, Acting Head of Bibliographic and Collections Services at the UNBSJ library, will be visiting class on Tuesday February 21st to talk about library research. It is crucial to successful completion of this assignment that you attend, preferably with questions.]
There are two parts to this assignment:
Choose one of the following plays from our anthology: A Doll’s House, The Importance of Being Earnest, or Blood Relations.
When you are finished, you will have a short paragraph that presents a workable thesis statement, including at least one literary term, and some indication of how your (theoretical) paper would develop in order to prove your thesis.
Once (and only once) you have a workable thesis, compile a bibliography. Again, you are not actually writing the paper and so you do not need to read the resources. This is an exercise in i) doing library research and ii) creating a bibliography of appropriate sources, in correct MLA format.
Go to HWK Commons and settle down in front of a computer screen. Look up your chosen play. You will find that there are bazillion references. Start reading titles and abstracts and note any that sound like they might deal with the play in a way that relates to your thesis. You will see lots of interesting articles and books, but you will be able to discard most of them. Note only the ones that seem, on the basis of the title and/or abstract, to pertain to your thesis.
Once your research is finished, compile a “Texts cited” page (a bibliography) for your imaginary paper. Use proper MLA format.
Your references should include the following items:
at least three scholarly articles from academic journals
at least three chapters in scholarly edited books
at least three academic books
at least three electronic resources (not e-texts. Think hypertexts, web-sites on your playwright, &c.)
at least three theatrical reviews
You now have two parts, a thesis statement and a bibliography of at least fifteen items. Put them into one document. Proof-read it, more than once, then hand it in and go enjoy the beverage of your choice.