Topics


  • The fundamentals of narrative analysis: perspective/narration, imagery, structure, and style
  • The fundamentals of analytical essay writing
  • Modernist interpretations and explorations of consciousness, language, identity, social relations, political relations, gender relations, time and truth

 

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Objectives


  • Confident ability to write an analytical essay
  • Solid understanding of all of the tools of literary analysis
  • Effective organization of ideas and ability to build cogent written and oral arguments
  • Fluently conversant in the major ideas and predominant literary conventions of the Modernist period

 

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Organisation


The class will meet for lecture, general discussion, and group workshops on Thursdays from 1:30 to 4:20pm.  Tutorial groups will meet in the third hour.  The class will be split into 2 tutorial groups (Groups A & B).  I will post group assignments after the first class with a schedule of the 4 meeting dates for each group.  Tutorial sessions will begin in the second week of the semester.  In order to keep the tutorial class size small, you may not switch groups or attend the other group’s session. We will focus on essay writing and literary analytical skills in these tutorial sessions.  A writing assignment based on the tutorial session will be assigned after each session to reinforce skills learned and to identify areas of struggle. 

 

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Assessment


Assessment is by 100% coursework, consisting of:

50% tutorial writing assignments (10% / 20% / 10% / 10%)
30% final essay
20% class work:  attendance, evidence of preparation, class participation, tutorial participation, evidence of intellectual curiosity

 

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Texts


Kate Chopin, “Desiree’s Baby” (1893)
T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915)
James Joyce, “The Dead” (1914)

 

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Course Practices


Lectures
Students are expected to arrive on time.  I will start promptly at 1:30pm.   If you are late, please see me after the lecture so that I can record you as late instead of as absent.  Please turn your mobile phone to silent during the lecture.  You are welcome to take notes on your computer but please do not use it for other purposes – it’s distracting for everyone.  Thoughtful and active participation during the lecture is expected during class discussions and small group workshops.

Tutorials
We will use tutorials as an opportunity to clarify any concepts that need more attention and to focus on building strong writing skills.  Full attendance and participation are expected.  You must attend the tutorial session that you have been assigned.

Moodle
I will post all relevant information and supplementary readings for the course on Moodle.  Please check it regularly. 

Final Essay
The final essay is due May 7, 2018.  If your paper is late, your grade will go down one mark per day.  If you need an extension, please email me.  I will give you extra time if I can.

Plagiarism
Plagiarism is “the unacknowledged use, as one’s own, of the work of another person, whether or not such work has been published.” (Regulations Governing Conduct at Examinations).  You cannot use another scholar’s words or ideas or examples without giving them attribution.  If you are caught plagiarizing, you will receive an F for that assignment and may well receive an F for the class.  You are also liable to disciplinary action by the Faculty of Arts.  It is a serious offense and will be treated seriously.  For more information, please see:
http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/web/resourses/plagiarism.pdf

 

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Last updated: 18 July 2017