Instructor: Ann-Barbara Graff
Office: Room 291
Office Hours: MWF 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Class Meeting Times: MWF 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Second Essay Topics
Choose one topic from the following list:
1. Setting refers to the physical backdrop or geographical location of the action in a story; the author creates the illusion of place by locating a scenario in space and time. In "The Yellow Wall-Paper," The Turn of the Screw and Frankenstein, setting (weather, landscapes, urban interiors) is a key narrative element, as it is maximized to reveal and inform character and theme. Choose ONE of The Yellow Wall-Paper," The Turn of the Screw and Frankenstein and analyze how setting informs character and theme.
2. Discuss the relationship between STORY (the "actual chronological sequences of events") and DISCOURSE (the sequences in which these events are revealed to the reader) in Frankenstein or The Woman in White.
3. Discuss how the author is able to create suspense in ONE of The Turn of the Screw or The Woman in White.
4. How does the author give form to evil? Compare TWO texts from the following list in order to answer the question: The Turn of the Screw, "A Rose for Emily," "The Tell-Tale Heart," or The Woman in White.
5. Analyze the means by which Wilkie Collins achieves (or attempts to achieve) narrative unity in The Woman in White.
This assignment is worth 10 % of your total grade. The essay must not be more than 1200 words (5 pages, typed, double-spaced) and should be handed in on or before Wednesday January 24, 2001.
Penalties for lateness: Extensions should not be asked for and will not be granted EXCEPT in cases of serious emergencies, e.g., medical crisis. Late essay will be penalized 5% per day (including weekends and holidays).
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Posted 27 November 2000