English 362: British Literature II

Guidelines for Short Assignments

Fall 2005

Dr. Tina L. Hanlon
Ferrum College

Course Schedule

 
Refer to Syllabus under Grades. The short assignments on this page will comprise 20% of your grade in the course. The first one is not optional but the others below are choices you should select to make up the remaining 10%.

Discussion of Special Topics
(10% of course grade)

Deadline:  By Nov. 8 (preferably sooner), decide on your topic (you can change your mind if your name is below next to a topic you selected in class) and arrange a date for your topic.
 
Requirements: You should be prepared to lead class discussion about a special issue or writer. This discussion will take place for 10-15 minutes on a date agreed on at least two weeks in advance.  Your preparation should include reading at least 4-5 short selections that include literary selections and background (as in the Issues section of the Norton anthology).  You may add to the readings in the anthology if you want, or add your own selections if you aren't using one of the "Issues" sections in the anthology.
 
The grade for this assignment will be based on your participation in leading a discussion for 10-15 minutes in class and submission of an annotated bibliography listing your sources.  The annotations should be brief notes on the content and usefulness of each source. 
 
Topics:
 
The "Woman Question" (readings in anthology, pp. 1719 ff.)
Evolution (readings in anthology, pp. 1679ff.):  Michelle Vincent
Industrialism (readings in anthology, pp.  ): Lindsay Rutherford
Light Verse (readings in anthology, 1662 ff.): Jamie Lumsden
Rudyard Kipling (readings in anthology, 1863 ff., or substitute a different story for "The Man Who Would be King"): Logann Gavey
Fairy tales in the Victorian period (influence of great Victorian collections and/or original fairy tales and fantasies):  Erin Boudreaux
Victorian periodicals and serialized fiction: Kaya Love
 
Other Possible Topics:
 
The Painterly Image in Poetry (see Norton anthology web site for resources)
Edmund Evans and the Golden Age of Victorian picture books (children's books illustrated by Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, Walter Crane)
Colonialism and the spread of the British Empire
Other political or social issues and nonfiction writers such as Carlyle, Newman, or Mill
Robert Louis Stevenson
Emily Bront
The Arts and Crafts Movement

Other Short Assignments on Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Choose one or more options to complete 10% of your course grade.

Option 1. Write another short paper, for 10% of your course grade.  See the professor to discuss possible topics on a work of literature that you choose..
Option 2. Design a web page on an author or work we are studying, for 10% of your course grade.
Option 3. Prepare a study guide for the final exam that covers at least three authors we have studied, for 5% of your course grade. Submit several study questions or possible test questions on each author.
Option 4. Read a novel or full-length play that is not assigned for the whole class, for 5% of your course grade.  Write a brief review of it (one or two paragraphs) and present it to the class in a five-minute report (without giving away the plot).  See the page Novels to Study for ideas.
Option 5. Watch a film adaptation of a work of nineteenth-century British literature, for 5% of your course grade. Write a brief review of it (one or two paragraphs) and present it to the class in a report several minutes long (without giving away the plot).
Option 6. Prepare a lesson plan on a work of nineteenth-century British literature, for 5% of your course grade. It can be a lesson at any educational level you choose.  If you wish to do a more extensive teaching plan for 10% of your course grade, discuss your plan with the professor first.
Option 7.  Read a substantial piece of criticism on an author or work we are studying, for 5% of your course grade. Write a brief review of it (one or two paragraphs) and present it to the class in a five-minute report. It can be one journal article or a chapter in a book of criticism.
Option 8. Examine some background material on a work we are studying, for 5% of your course grade. Submit a list of your sources and present a five-minute report on the day we discuss that work.  This material could focus on places depicted in the work, illustrations or music based on the work, an issue of literary influence, or historical or social or political background.

Option 9.  Prepare an annotated bibliography or webliography on an author or work we are studying, for 5% of your course grade. There should be at least five items included.

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