systematic deviation

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Written Assignment #1: Medieval genres and tropes

Due: Oct. 3, 2006.

Choose one of the following two options and write 4–5 pages, aprox. 2 pages for the first part, and 2-3 pages for the second.

1. a) Describe an everyday activity (grocery shopping; waiting for the bus; playing a game) as the Beowulf poet might have described it, had s/he been miraculously transported to the 21st century with his/her mediaeval sensibility intact. All the intricacies of Old English verse are not strictly necessary, though any gestures in that direction will get considerable credit.
b) Write an explanation of your choices in section a), with proper references to all sources (lectures, the text, editor's notes in the anthology, &tc.).

2. a) Write an Ekphrasis (covered in first class on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) of a contemporary object, in keeping with the tone, ethos, and sensibility of the Gawain poet.
b) Write an explanation of your choices in section a), with proper references to all sources (lectures, the text, editor's notes in the anthology, &tc.).

These assignments will be evaluated based on

• the understanding they display of the chosen literary period
• originality and thoughtfulness
• skill and correctness of writing
• whether they fulfill the criteria set out in the assignment
• whether they adhere to MLA format

5 Comments:

At September 20, 2006 1:09 PM, Blogger Lori said...

Dr. Jones, would you have a moment next class to give a brief explanation of "ekphrasis" for those students who would like to choose option B for the first assignment? Thank you.

 
At September 20, 2006 2:49 PM, Blogger Miriam Jones said...

Certainly. Remind me if I see about to forget it.

 
At September 20, 2006 2:50 PM, Blogger Miriam Jones said...

I mean, if I seem about to forget it.

 
At September 22, 2006 3:49 PM, Blogger Melissa_D said...

Dr. Jones, I was running a bit late the other day. As a result never heard this explination, could you tell me again...sorry about that. Thanks in advance

 
At September 22, 2006 7:55 PM, Blogger Miriam Jones said...

Melissa, read the assignment carefully and talk to me after class with any questions. If you don't have time then, we can arrange a time to meet.

 

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