Assignments: Updated Week 12


Assignments will mainly be completed in class meetings, on this website (Keywords), and on the class blog. Overlap between these spaces will occur, but I have tried to sort them out in the grade breakdown. More details explanations on the individual assignments will be posted to the blog throughout the semester.

Keyword-Related Assignments (Total = 30%)

Keyword Contributions ~ 15%

Midterm Keyword Collaborative Paper ~ 15%

Blog-Related Assignments (Total = 25%)

Blog Post on Keyword Analysis Group Presentation ~ 15%

Commenting ~ 10%

In-Class  (Total = 15%)

In-Class Keyword Analysis Group Presentations ~ 15%

Miscellaneous (Total = 30%)

Overall Participation ~ 10%

Final Project or Exam ~ 20% [update]

Final Keyword Paper (Individual or Collaborative)

or Alternative Project Proposed by You ~ 10%

Final Exam ~ 10%


As a class, we will follow central themes and questions (i.e., Keywords) throughout the semester. Each week, a group of two to three students will take the lead tracking and if they see fit, adding to the following list of Keywords. Think of this phase as note taking, similar to what you (I hope) do anyway when reading for a class or collecting possible evidence during the pre-writing preparation for an essay.

What can you add?

  1. The most central (and most obvious): examples from the text we are reading that week. Quotations with page numbers are required.
  2. Theoretical concepts that relate to that keyword (this can be either from inside or outside of the class).
  3. Outside examples: these can either add to the geographic, historical, and/or cultural context, or they can be recent examples (e.g., advertisements, onion articles, sitcom clips, etc) that complement, contrast, and/or complicate the discussion of that keyword.


For each book, we will focus on specific elements in the text. You can do the above, too, but I believe a focused project will help you sort through the material for Keyword Examples.

Keyword Webpage:

Pamela Keyword Guidelines:

Anti-Pamela Keyword Guidelines:

Victim of Prejudice Keyword Guidelines:

Woman of Colour Keyword Guidelines:

Pompey Keyword Guidelines:


See Pamela Keyword Guidelines:


After your presentation, you will  individually author a blog post that builds on your presentation. This post should focus on the larger themes of the course (see the Keywords).  Have an analytical argument as (I hope) you would in a regular essay, but also remember that this is a different medium. Find visuals to help illustrate your point, link terms to reference resources, etc. Don’t forget, though, to cite everything at the end.

See Pamela Keyword Guidelines:

The word count should be between 750 to 1200 words.

What could this look like?

Here are some respectable blog posts by academics, on a topic not really related to our class: (774 words, not counting the blocked quotation) (1274 words, not counting the blocked quotation)


Your group posts what you decide are the five main points and questions raised in that week in class. You have 48 hours after class to discuss this with each other and get your post up.


If you are not contributing to Keywords, Presenting, or Recording, you need to do at least two comments per week.. You have that entire week (Sunday to Saturday) to complete this assignment. These comments should demonstrate your understanding the concepts from both our thematic and writing-related course material.

You may post on any post that it less than two weeks old.

Be courteous and clear. You can disagree with someone without attacking. Explain you logic. Support your points with evidence from class or another clearly cited source.

Comments counting towards your grade should be at least 200 words. Shorter additional comments are welcome, and will count towards your overall class participation not the commenting assignment.

How long is 200 words?
This post is 189 words, so make it a bit longer than that:


Groups will be assigned a keyword. That group will collaboratively write a paper on that keyword. An example I like of this assignment can be found here:

Others may be found here:

More details will be given later.


Attendance is a necessary element of this part of your grand, but it is not sufficient to get a passing grade. Be active. Be respectful of others while encouraging debate. Question, comment, refer back to earlier conversations, etc. This is a holistic grade. It will take into account your in-class and online engagement in the class. Listless, infrequent comments will be penalized as much as frequent absences. If you are shy, remember that you do have a group to support you in presentations. Much of the materials and tools will be unfamiliar to most students, so we are all figuring this out together. Please contact me as soon as possible if you find there is a on-going obstacle preventing you from fully engaging in the class.


We discussed this in class. There is an in-class exam (see Google Docs for more detail), but if you are doing an alternative project, you need to contact me ASAP.

You paper may be an expansion of some of your earlier work, a traditional literary research paper, or a form you innovated—and I pre-approved more than 2 weeks from finals week.

The exam will be in class. You will analyze passages within the context of the other novels, the critical texts, and the keywords.


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