Identify ten of the following items and comment briefly on the relevance of each to our course. In the case of quotations, try to identify their context and their contribution to central themes.
Ford's relation to Conrad
"The Secret Sharer"
drama of the telling
I would not knock old fellows in the dust
I have, I am aware, told this story in a very rambling way so that it may be difficult for anyone to find his path through what may be a sort of maze. I cannot help it.
For the first fortnight his parents could not bring themselves to the point of entering his room, and he often heard them expressing their appreciation of his sister's activities, whereas formerly they had frequently scolded her for being ... a somewhat useless daughter.
Answer one of the following questions, citing specific scenes, events and passages to support your argument.
Compare Heart of Darkness to The Man Who Would Be King. What elements do these tales share? How would you describe and evaluate their differences?
"Modern fiction is deeply ironic and anti-heroic, more likely to expose human weaknesses and failings than to dramatize achievement and success." Discuss this statement with reference to at least three of our writers.
Identify ten of the following items and comment briefly on the relevance of each to our course. In the case of quotations, try to identify the context, the speaker or thinker of the passage, and its contribution to central themes.
Timon of Athens
The ending of "Two Gallants"
The Bloomsbury Group
Babel's idea of art
'Yah,' another said. 'He don't have to brag'
The whole mass of the picture was poised upon that weight. Beautiful and bright it should be on the surface, feathery and evanescent, one colour melting into another like the colours on a butterfly's wing; but beneath the fabric must be clamped together with bolts of iron.
O Jamesey Let me up out of this pooh
When he returned with the wood and the dead rabbit, the baby, wrapped in the tunic, lay wedged between two cypress-knees and the woman was not in sight . . .
the Moldavanka district
the children in "That Evening Sun"
Answer one of the following questions, citing specific passages and other details to support your argument.
Our texts are full of ceremonies: arrivals, leave-takings, celebrations or memorials, the formal and informal sharing of food. Write an essay exploring the significance of one or more such ceremonial occasion in at least three of our authors. Hints, suggestions: dinner parties, breakfast-making, a first goose, trips and outings, funerals, weddings...
"Let us not imagine that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small." How does this remark by Virginia Woolf illuminate the subject matter and the form of many modernist texts? You must discuss at least three different authors in your answer.