Regarding your final essay for our class:
You will be presenting your arguments twice: once, in a classroom presentation during the week of Nov. 26/28; and secondly, in essay form at the end of the following week.
Your final essay should benefit from the comments and feedback you get from classmates and your professor. It should reflect the discussion of your presentation. Don’t just make a presentation, listen to our comments, and then ignore them. If you think our comments are silly, show why you think so. Show your reasons for ignoring them.
SIGN UP FOR YOUR PRESENTATION NOW! (The link is for an online signup sheet where you can claim a date for your presentation.) The dates are 26/28 November, so that you will have enough time to revise your essays before handing them in.
Your actual essay is due at the end of the day on Friday, 7 December. You must hand it in at IH341, the office of the School of English. You must have the secretary date-stamp it for you to ensure it is not counted as late.
As I mentioned, you will deal with a “bigger question” regarding mythology and Anglophone cultures. While many of your original essays dealt with questions focused on one or two particular pieces of Mythology, in this essay I want you to use that kind of comparison as part of a bigger discussion of Mythology and its place in Anglophone Cultures in general.
You should think up your own topic and thesis, but here are some examples that will show you what kind of thing I’m looking for:
Example 1: The Role of Mythology and Gender in Anglophone Cultures
Example 2: Changes in Heroism
Example 3: The Draw of Ancient Greek Mythology
I hope these examples help you in developing your own topic, originating question, thesis, and strong thesis.
A note: you can (and should) review the following information pages:
If you need help developing your topic, please make an appointment with me and I’ll be happy to give you some advice, or tell you what I think of your proposed topic, thesis, or whatever.
Please read the above carefully. I’ll ask for questions on the assignment at the beginning of class on Nov. 14, before explaining our last point of discussion for My Fair Lady and moving on to Stravinsky’s handling of Greek (and other “pagan”) mythology.