History of English Literature
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What role does the mead-hall play in Anglo-Saxon warrior culture? What is the proper relationship between a lord and his warriors? What examples can you find throughout Beowulf? 2.
What is the role of women in the heroic culture of Beowulf? 3.
Compare/contrast what constitutes a hero or the notion of heroism in the Old English and Middle English periods. Draw your examples from two texts: either Beowulf OR The Dream of the Rood 4.
Drawing your examples from Beowulf and one Middle English work, compare/contrast the roles assigned to women in literature of the Old and Middle English periods. 5.
Analyze the different ways in which English Renaissance poets contributed to or responded to the Petrarchan tradition of love poetry. 6.
In what ways does the idea of the court and the life of the courtier affect Renaissance English literature? Identify poems or works in which court life is represented or commented upon and explain how those texts reflect Renaissance attitudes toward court life. 7.
The concept of meditation in Wordsworth’s Tintern Abbey 8.
The credibility of Pip’s character in Dickens’s Great Expectations 9.
Discuss the Social critique in Dickens’s Great Expectations 10.
Discus the concept of being a gentleman in Dickens’s Great Expectations 11.
Ddiscuss the Reality and symbolism in Hopkins’s poetry 12.
Discuss the concept of purity in Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles 13.
Discuss Christianity and paganism pl in Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles 14.
Discuss the symbolism of darkness and light in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness 15.
Discuss the elements of postmodernism in British Contemporary Poems (take example from british contemporary writer) 16.
Discuss the element of Romanticism in William Wordsworth’s Poems 17.
Discuss The influence of Japanese Poetry in Modern Poetry by Ezra Pound 18.
Discuss the portrayal of ideal women in Victorian Novel written by Women writers. 19.
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