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Introduction to British Literature Final Exam ( Take - Home ) Below are three sections , each with three questions , that address a number of the...

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Introduction to British Literature Final Exam ( Take - Home )
Below are three sections , each with three questions , that address a number of the texts we've
read and a number of the issues we've discussed this semester . For each section , select one
question and answer it in 40 0 - 50101 ward.`
Section 1 : The Victorians , the Modernists , and the Post - Modernists
1 . In A Room of One's Own , Virginia Woolf offers _ among other things_ a comprehensive
explanation of how women have historically been portrayed in literature . Explain
Woolf's views on the ( unfair ) portrayal of women in literature , using at least one text
from either the Victorians , Modernists , or Post- Modernists to support her claims .
.Fragmentation is a defining characteristic of both Modernism and Post- Modernism . That
fragmentation , however , manifests differently in the early 20 th century ( Modernism ) and
the late 20 th century ( Post - Modernism ) . Using T.S. Eliot's " The Lovesong of J. Alfred
Prufrock " and J . G . Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibition , explain how Modernist and
Post- Modernist writers fragment their texts in different ways and to achieve different
ends .
3 . Both Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and James Joyce's " The Dead "
examine similarly upper-class British settings and characters . Explain how each serves as
a criticism of specific social norms within British society AND how each uses its form
and point of view to proffer those criticisms in unique ways
Section I1 : Texts Throughout the Semester
4 . We started the semester by looking at Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and we
ended it by reading J. G. Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibition . Despite their explicit
differences - - and there are many of them - - these texts both explore ways in which people
deceive and distract themselves with the social means available to them . Trudge past
their differences and highlight / explain the similarities between The Canterbury Tales and
The Atrocity Exhibition .


5 .
As we discussed in class , I.S. Eliot was an early advocate for the Metaphysical poets ,
arguing for their significance in his essay " The Metaphysical Poets . " What traces of the
Metaphysical poets can we see in Eliot's " The Lovesong of J . Alfred Prufrock "? How is
Eliot both borrowing from and re-imagining the work of the Metaphysical poets ? Cite*
specific examples - - from both Eliot and at least one Metaphysical poet - - in your response .
6 . In the "Preface to Lyrical Ballads , " William Wordsworth provides a multi- faceted
definition for what he thinks poetry should be ( and should accomplish ) . Famously ,
Samuel Taylor Coleridge claimed that Wordsworth's poetry was successful for the very
reason that it did not adhere to the definition of the form he laid out in the " Preface to
Lyrical Ballads . " Explain Wordsworth's conception of poetry ( as described in the
preface ) and then select the poem we've read this semester that you feel best actualizes
Wordsworth's notion of poetry . You may select any poem from the semester NOT*
written by Wordsworth himself .
Section Ill : Themes Throughout the Semester
7 . Over the course of the semester , we have seen love portrayed in myriad ways : courtly ,
unrequitedly , selfishly , metaphysically , violently , and even neurotically . Select two works
we've read and examine their meditations on love . How do they approach the subject
similarly and differently and what , ultimately , do they have to say about it ?
8. Part of our program this semester has been to determine what the function of art is . This ,
of course , is a subject that the poets , playwrights , and fiction writers we've read have
been supremely concerned with as well . Given our readings , what do you think the
function of art in society is ? Use at least two texts from the syllabus to exemplify your
claims .
9. A number of the texts we've looked at this semester have served as criticisms of class
structures ( often written by members at [ Or at least towards ] the top of those class
structures ) . Select one text and analyze its relationship to class and material conditions
In what ways does it succeed in criticizing class and in what ways does it fail ?

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