ENG 109 Final Topics - Spring 2007

FINAL Part 1.  Continuity and/or Change in Western World Literature

Focus your Final Part 1 essay on at least one assigned 20th century literary work* and at least one assigned literary work from a previous century or different literary-historical period.  Choose literary works that will enable you to demonstrate significant continuity (similarity) and/or significant change (difference) in the development of Western literature (e.g. literary movements, themes, genres, other literary elements) over time. 
In your essay . . .

--Introduce the authors and works by identifying their dates and the literary-historical periods or movements that they represent;
--Compare/contrast the selected literary works in order to identify, explain, and illustrate two points of similarity and/or difference that represent significant continuity and/or significant change in the development of Western world literature over time.
--Be sure to illustrate your points of similarity and/or differences by citing and analyzing well-selected examples from the primary literary works.
--Be sure to explain why these similarities and/or differences are significant in helping us better understand important aspects of continuity and/or change in Western world literature's development over time. To support your claims of "significance," you are encouraged to introduce relevant background information from course sources.
--Be sure to cite all quotation, paraphrase, summary from literary works and background sources, following directions and models for MLA-style citation.

*NOTE: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness may be chosen as the 20th century literary work.

FINAL Part 2.  Choose one of the following topics for Part 2:

Topic A.  Interpretation of one assigned late 19th or 20th-century literary work
Write an in-depth literary analysis of one literary work assigned since Midterm: i.e. by Chopin, Dostoevsky, Conrad, Yeats, Woolf, Akhmatova, Wiesel, Takenishi, Kafka, or Garcia Marquez.  In your essay, use three main approaches to developing your interpretation, by addressing the work’s *thematic content (i.e. what it says), *literary form (i.e. how it says it, e.g. as genre and/or literary terms), and relevant *biographical-literary-historical background information about the literary work and/or its author.  Be sure to illustrate and support your points by citing and analyzing specific passages from the literary work, as well as source/s of background information that you cite, following directions and models for MLA-style citation.

Topic B.  Single Character Analysis
Analyze a significant character--e.g. Louise Mallard, the Grand Inquisitor, Charlie Marlow, Aki, Gregor Samsa--from an assigned literary work that we have studied since Midterm. Focus your discussion on identifying and illustrating two or three important keys to understanding this character and how s/he acts, and explain how your character analysis contributes to understanding the theme or impact of the literary work as a whole. Be sure to illustrate your points by citing and interpreting well-selected specific passages/lines from the literary work.   Be sure to cite your sources, following MLA-style citation models.  You are encouraged and will be rewarded for applying other relevant knowledge or concepts (e.g. relevant literary terms, biographical or literary-historical background information, critical views expressed in handouts or seminars, etc.) that you have gained from ENG 109 study.

Topic C.  Comparative Analysis of Two Characters
Choose two characters--either from the same literary work or from two different literary works--for a comparative analysis of two or three significant similarities and/or differences. At least one of the characters you choose must be from a literary work assigned since Midterm.  As you discuss each point of similarity/difference, be sure to illustrate each point of similarity/difference with specific passages/lines from the literary work/s, and be sure to explain why each of point of similarity/difference is significant to understanding the characters and  literary work/s. Be sure to cite your sources, following relevant MLA-style guidelines.

Topic D.  Literary Terms & Concepts
Various literary terms and concepts--e.g. theme, speaker, imagery, narrator, narrative frame story, foreshadowing, protagonist,  dynamic vs. static character, setting, plot conflict, climax or epiphany, etc.--have been introduced in class relevant to our study of literary works this term.  Define and illustrate at least two such literary terms/concepts that you have found helpful in understanding one or more of the assigned  literary works we have studied since Midterm. Illustrate your definitions by citing and interpreting well-selected specific examples from the selected literary work/s.  Explain why understanding these literary terms/concepts is helpful to better understanding the literary work/s. Be sure to cite your sources, including relevant guidelines for citing literary works.

Topic E.  Analysis of Group or Theme in Two or more Literary Works
Choose a group of people or a theme that has been represented in two or three assigned literary works--At least one of these literary works must be one that we have studied since Midterm. (Groups or themes could be women rewriting world literature, family or gender relationships, attitudes toward religion, existential responsibility, alienation from society, responses to crisis or war, etc.)  
Examine and illustrate specific examples of these representations from the literary works to demonstrate significant messages, and dominant or changing attitudes.  You are encouraged and will be rewarded for applying relevant knowledge or concepts that you have gained from ENG 109 study. Be sure to cite your sources, following relevant MLA-style guidelines.

Topic F.  See Cora for approval of alternative Part 2 topic.

Eng 109  Writer’s Workshop Peer Review Form: Preliminary Draft of Final Paper

Peer Reviewer: __________________________________________
Please also write your name at the end of each Preliminary Draft reviewed.

Student Author of Preliminary Draft reviewed: __________________________

A.  FINAL PART 1.

1.  Student author addresses the assigned FINAL Part 1 Topic:  Continuity and/or Change in Western World Literature:  YES or NO____________
AND . . .
2.  Student addresses all the following Topic requirements: YES
or NO: _________

          If not, please identify any part/s of FINAL Part 1 Topic not addressed in the preliminary draft:

___At least one assigned 20th  century work (which may be Conrad’s Heart of Darkness)
___At least one assigned literary work from previous century/different literary-historical period
___Authors & Works are introduced, identifying their dates & literary/historical periods-movements they represent
___At least two points of similarity and/or difference representing significant continuity and/or change, are addressed
___Points of similarity/difference are illustrated by citing & analyzing well-selected examples from literary works
___Significance of points of similarity/difference explained, to better understand important aspects of continuity/change in Western world literature’s development over time

3.  Please comment on Length, Focus, Development, Clarity & Coherence.

4.  Is plagiarism avoided?  Are all quotations, paraphrases, summaries from course source/s (textbook, handout/s, and any outside source/s) cited in-text of the preliminary draft, following previous directions and handout examples?  YES or NO: _______________

          If not, please indicate/annotate in the preliminary draft.

B.  FINAL PART 2.

1.  Identify the assigned Topic student author addresses in FINAL Part 2:

___Topic A.  Interpretation of one assigned late-19th or 20th-century literary work OR
___Topic B.  Single Character Analysis    OR
___Topic C.  Comparative Analysis of Two Characters   OR
___Topic D.  Literary Terms & Concepts   OR
___Topic E.  Analysis of Group or Theme in Two or more Literary Works

2.  Does student author address ALL parts of this Topic? (For detail, see FINAL Paper Topics handout.): YES or NO: ____________________________

          If not, please identify any part/s of this Topic not addressed in the preliminary draft.

3.  Please comment on Length, Focus, Development, Clarity & Coherence.

4.  Is plagiarism avoided?  Are all quotations, paraphrases, summaries from course source/s (textbook, handout/s, and any outside source/s) cited in-text of the preliminary draft, following previous directions and handout examples?  YES or NO: ______________

          If not, please indicate/annotate in the preliminary draft.

C.  SUMMARY COMMENTS: Use back of this form to summarize (1) strongest aspect/s AND (2) suggestion/s for improvement of this preliminary draft.
 

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