systematic deviation

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Written Assignment #3: Narrative Voice

Due: Nov. 28, 2006.

Choose one of the following two options and write 4–5 pages.

1. a) Choose an object or situation, not necessarily sexual (bonus points for making something boring sound steamy), and describe it first as Aphra Behn, and then as John Wilmot, might have done. Verse would obviously be nice here, but the emphasis should be on the differences in the writers' voices (1–2 pages).
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. Is Gulliver "gullible"? How does Swift indicate how we are to think of Gulliver, given that the narrative is written in the first person (i.e. in Gulliver's own voice). Does Gulliver change over the course of the books? If so, how is this indicated?

These assignments will be evaluated based on

• the understanding they display of authorial/narrative voice
• originality and thoughtfulness
• skill and correctness of writing
• whether they fulfill the criteria set out in the assignment
• whether they adhere to MLA format


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