Monday, October 27, 2008
It’s that time again.
What’s the theme gonna be? Chauvinism, Lust, Courtly Love, Chivalry, Heroism, Courage, Bravery, Humanity, Imperfection, Christianity? You tell me…in five paragraphs or more to get that high score.
You may use help from another source, just be sure to cite it appropriately—whether by paraphrase or direct quotation--with the author’s last name and page number in parentheses, followed by the period.
Be sure to make reference to specific parts of the plot to back up your main points regarding the theme of your choice. Be sure to incorporate at least three examples taken directly from the story.
You should underline Sir Gawain and the Green Knight when referring to it as a title.
Word up. Questions? As ‘em. If need be, you may take this home and give it to me tomorrow.
God love you as you journey through the dark forest en route to that Green Chapel.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I would like each of you to:
- print out one scholarly article chosen from the following list of articles and
- submit a one-paragraph “abstract”—a summary of a text, scientific article, document, speech, etc.—on that article to the blog or on hard copy, being sure to indicate the title of the article as well as its author.
(you can find and print in full any one of these articles by clicking the title and, once in the new window, the PDF link):
- Christian Significance and Romance Tradition in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
M. Mills The Modern Language Review, Vol. 60, No. 4 (Oct., 1965), pp. 483-493
- The Passing of the Seasons and the Apocalyptic in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
S. L. Clark, Julian N. Wasserman
South Central Review, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring, 1986), pp. 5-22
- The Significance of the Pentangle Symbolism in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
The Modern Language Review, Vol. 74, No. 4 (Oct., 1979), pp. 769-790
- The Folk-Tale Element in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
Studies in Philology, Vol. 77, No. 2 (Spring, 1980), pp. 105-127
- The Source of the Beheading Episode in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
Larry D. Benson
Modern Philology, Vol. 59, No. 1 (Aug., 1961), pp. 1-12
- Sin, Psychology, and the Structure of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
Studies in Philology, Vol. 74, No. 4 (Oct., 1977), pp. 354-387
- Knight in Tarnished Armour: The Meaning of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
Gordon M. Shedd
The Modern Language Review, Vol. 62, No. 1 (Jan., 1967), pp. 3-13
- Gawain's Fault in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
David Farley Hills
The Review of English Studies, New Series, Vol. 14, No. 54 (May, 1963), pp. 124-131
- The Validity of Gawain's Confession in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Review of English Studies, New Series, Vol. 36, No. 141 (Feb., 1985), pp. 1-18
- The Hunting Scenes in 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'
J. D. Burnley
The Yearbook of English Studies, Vol. 3, (1973), pp. 1-9
- The Saints in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Speculum, Vol. 44, No. 3 (Jul., 1969), pp. 403-420
- Laughter and Game in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Speculum, Vol. 47, No. 1 (Jan., 1972), pp. 65-78
- The Medieval Mind in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
The Bulletin of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Winter, 1972), pp. 119-126
- The Meaning of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Alan M. Markman
PMLA, Vol. 72, No. 4 (Sep., 1957), pp. 574-586
- The Lady's 'Blushing' Ring in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Review of English Studies, New Series, Vol. 49, No. 193 (Feb., 1998), pp. 1-8
- Gawain and the Gift
Britton J. Harwood
PMLA, Vol. 106, No. 3 (May, 1991), pp. 483-499
- Feminine Knots and the Other Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
PMLA, Vol. 106, No. 3 (May, 1991), pp. 500-514
- Disorientation, Style, and Consciousness in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
John M. Ganim
PMLA, Vol. 91, No. 3 (May, 1976), pp. 376-384
- Medieval Misogyny and Gawain's Outburst against Women in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
The Modern Language Review, Vol. 97, No. 2 (Apr., 2002), pp. 265-278
DUE DATE: Monday, October 20, 2008
Please be sure to submit your article with the proper format (as with the previous abstract assignment).
Thursday, October 9, 2008
An Elegy for a Hero:
An In-class Essay on Beowulf
During the last three weeks, we have gone into some depth picking out themes of Beowulf.
With your scholarly article from JSTOR in hand, your Beowulf fun-pack, your “Writing about Fiction” fun-pack and your weapon of choice (pen or pencil):
- Construct a well-developed, five paragraph essay in which you consider a theme discussed in your research and its application to the story of Beowulf.
- Make a thesis statement in which you form a general assumption that can branch into three specific ideas or examples from the poem that address or demonstrate the overall issue (be it about Christianity in Beowulf, the historical roots of Beowulf, the language used in Beowulf, or otherwise).
- Make your claims regarding the theme by using the scholarly article to back you up. You can do this by quoting directly from, paraphrasing, or summarizing your article of choice.
- Remember that with each claim you make regarding the theme and its application to Beowulf, you should construct a respective paragraph that revolves around that claim.
- Each of your body paragraphs should include a specific example from the poem that demonstrates the theme on which your thesis statement is based.
- If you are quoting or paraphrasing an instance from the text or from your article, you can begin with a transitional phrase such as: For example, For instance when, As [last name of scholar] states, etc.
- Be sure to refer to all events from the poem in the present tense (i.e. Beowulf fights the she-monster…, rather than, Beowulf fought the she-monster…).
- Lastly, end with a conclusion—this can be your fifth paragraph—that further illustrates the theme you discussed with the help of a scholarly article/author.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Available now in the library is an internet research database called JSTOR. As noted on the website, http://www.jstor.org/:
JSTOR is a not–for–profit organization dedicated to helping the scholarly community discover, use, and build upon a wide range of intellectual content in a trusted digital archive. Our overarching aims are to preserve a record of scholarship for posterity and to advance research and teaching in cost–effective ways. We operate a research platform that deploys information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. We collaborate with organizations that can help us achieve our objectives and maximize the benefits for the scholarly community.
The goal of JSTOR is to introduce students and scholars to the wide world of literary criticism.[see footnote below]
It is also ideal for modeling how to write works of literary criticism. To familiarize yourself with how to use the system, I would like each of you to search and print out one scholarly article pertaining to Beowulf and submit a one-paragraph “abstract”—a summary of a text, scientific article, document, speech, etc.—on that article to the blog, being sure to indicate the title of the article as well as its author.
You can access JSTOR from the library or from home by clicking the link to the left. Each of you will have to register individually with an easy-to-remember personal username and password (record them in your journals so that you do not lose them).
DUE DATE: Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Please be sure to submit your article with the proper heading:
ENG 141 / British Lit
1. a written evaluation of a work of literature [syn: criticism]
2. the informed analysis and evaluation of literature