Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University


Reading Response 3 and Presentation Guidelines

Reading Response 3


The last reading response (2 pp.; MLA format) is a way for you to present your examination of a literary text on the syllabus this semester and to bring together skills in reading, critical thinking, and writing that we have worked on these past few months. You will be working with two other students in close reading and thinking about your chosen text, and will be presenting your findings in a panel with them during the last week of class. See Suggested Response and Presentation Topics below. Submit your reading response 3 in class on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Suggested Response and Presentation Topics

Your final reading response is two pages long. This paper will be part of a group effort to study a topic or text. You will present your paper in a panel with your group members in the last week of class. Panel and paper topics are suggested below. Each individual and group should refine the topics further, after your study and discussion of the texts, to reflect your textual investigation results. You are also welcome to propose your own topic and panel. Please make an appointment to discuss your ideas with me

Final presentations (25 minutes per panel: 15 minutes presentation [5 minutes per speaker if you have 3 speakers on your panel] + 10 minutes question and answer session) take place on Monday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Students form six panels of three members and decide to work on one of the topics below to present in class, with each member focusing on one aspect of a topic or on one text. You may study and research any aspect of any work(s) in the course packet that interests you including those suggested by the topics given below. These are general topics that need to be narrowed and refined into a specific argument. Discuss among your panel members what aspect of the topic each person wants to focus and speak on, share your research and close reading discoveries, critique each other’s work in progress, and together present to classmates your combined effort what close reading reveals about a text or texts. Sign up to meet with me to discuss your ideas in more detail in a time slot given in the schedule below.

Consultation Schedule Sign-Up Results

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

1:00–1:15 p.m.    
1:15–1:30 p.m.    
1:30–1:45 p.m.    
1:45–2:00 p.m.    
2:00–2:15 p.m.    
2:15–2:30 p.m.    
2:30–2:45 p.m.    
2:45–3:00 p.m.    
3:00–3:15 p.m.    
3:15–3:30 p.m.    
3:30–3:45 p.m.    
3:45–4:00 p.m.: Kulatida, Chollada, and Kanyarat  

Thursday, November 22, 2018

1:30–1:45 p.m.: Chanakarn, Panida, Phannika, and Rinrada
1:45–2:00 p.m.    
2:00–2:15 p.m.    
2:15–2:30 p.m.    
2:30–2:45 p.m.    
2:45–3:00 p.m.    
3:00–3:15 p.m.    
3:15–3:30 p.m.    
3:30–3:45 p.m.    
3:45–4:00 p.m.: Pemika, Sukrita, and Nattaya

Below are reading response 3/final presentation topics.
1.    Rufus’s Love
Investigate Rufus and his loves. Who or what does he love? How does he express that love? Consider how the love he feels toward people or things as well as how he shows it change over time. Why? Looking at the results of each speaker’s study, what picture emerges of Rufus’s love? What is a good description for it? For instance, is it scary, powerful, weak, inconstant, paradoxical, sick, or true?
Focus 1: Rufus and Dana: Pemika
Focus 2: Rufus and Alice: Nattaya
Focus 3: Rufus and Others (ex. his father, mother, children, Nigel, plantation): Sukrita

2.    Becoming a Slave: Pichaya, Piengfa, Pimchutha, and Chayuda
Closely examine how one becomes a slave in Kindred. Dana is an obvious focus, but Alice is also born free. What is a slave and how does a person become one? What facets are there to being a slave besides its legal status? Dana, for example, is never a legal slave, yet she feels that she has become a slave or slave-like. What qualities mark a slave? Investigate the story’s portrayal of how one changes: what characteristics one acquires, what new power and powerlessness one gains, what space one occupies, etc. when one takes on this particular identity.
Focus 1: Body
Focus 2: Speech
Focus 3: Mind

3.    Slavery Failures and Successes
What is slavery? In what way might it be said to be successful or to fail? Study representations and descriptions of slavery and its effects in Kindred. What is gained and what is lost in the system and process of slavery? Which aspects of it works and which does not? For example, what restrictions (ex. rules, laws) does it impose on its participants and how often are they violated? Why, at what cost, and to whom?
Focus 1: Trade
Focus 2: Plantation: Field and House
Focus 3: Escape and Emancipation

4.    Variations on Repetition: Chanakarn, Panida, Phannika, and Rinrada
Repetition is a deceptive technique. On the face of it, repetition is sameness, similarity. In actual use, a repeated word, phrase, or structure is hardly ever monotonous or static. Scrutinize the use of repetition in poetic works where this feature is distinctive. Follow the recurring element(s). Explain how it varies with each occurrence and how it affects other aspects of the poem. Evaluating the focus results together, what can repetition do? What is a suitable way to characterize its function in the poems?
Focus 1: “The Walk”
Focus 2: “Aftermath”
Focus 3: “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls”

5.    Variations on Perspective
How is perspective established in a literary work? How are different perspectives created? How does perspective change? How do characters, dialogue, diction, or syntax form perspective? How is perspective related to point of view, voice, tone, time, scope, scale, development, and idea? Inspect this framing device or lens at play in different works and explain how it shapes the works. How does it comment on the theme? What argument does it propose? Taking into consideration all the findings of your close reading, what do you find compelling about perspective? Why does it matter from what view a story or situation is told?
Focus 1: “Musee des Beaux Arts” and “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”
Focus 2: “Everyday Use”
Focus 3: “Train”

6.    The Power of Image(ry): Nopparuj, Thai and Peeraya
Inspect images and imagery in poems with evocative diction. What are the denotations and connotations of these suggestive words? How do they affect the meaning of each other and other elements in the context of the poems? What do they reveal or reflect about the entities or ideas represented? In what way are their associative or dissociative effects usual or unusual? What tone is created? How do they direct the poems’ movement? Where do the poems begin and where do they end? Pooling your observations on the different focuses, what do you discover about the function and power of imagery?
Focus 1: “Go, Lovely Rose”
Focus 2: “The Three Ravens”
Focus 3: “Operating Room”

Section 3 Final Presentation Schedule

Monday, November 26, 201
Panel 1:  Rufus’s Weird Love for His Mother, Lover and Savior
9:30–9:55 a.m.
Presiding: Chollada Kessuwan
1.  “Rufus and His Mother,” Sukrita Wongnongtaey
2.  “Forcing Love,” Nattaya Boonyaphaisalkul
3.  “Rufus’s Love for Dana,” Pemika Pupakorn
Respondent 1: Chanakarn Wanichodom
Respondent 2: Chayuda Lattayaporn
Respondent 3: Sasikan Siangjun

Panel 2:  Becoming a Slave
10:00–10:25 a.m.
Presiding: Thai Phutthitada
1.  “Title,” Piengfa Chumwangwapee
2.  “Title,” Pimchutha Prasoetsang
3.  “Title,” Pichaya Chirawatana
4.  “Title,” Chayuda Lattayaporn
Respondent 1: Nopparuj Sriratsirikul
Respondent 2: Panida Maneetavat
Respondent 3: Nattaya Boonyaphaisalkul
Respondent 4: Rinrada Suebsoh

Panel 3:  Identity Change
10:30–10:55 a.m.
Presiding: Nattaya Boonyaphaisalkul
1.  “Rufus’s Growing Views of Dana,” Kanyarat Tanyadul
2.  “Is Change a Change?: Margaret’s Identity,” Chollada Kessuwan
3.  “Violence and Dana,” Kulatida Sukthana
Respondent 1: Thai Phutthitada
Respondent 2: Peeraya Boontawee
Respondent 3: Phannika Tharninthra

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Panel 4:  Title
8:00–8:25 a.m.
1.  “Title,” Student Name
2.  “Title,” Student Name
3.  “Title,” Student Name
Respondent 1: Student Name
Respondent 2: Student Name
Respondent 3: Student Name

Panel 5: Title
8:30–8:55 a.m.
1.  “Title,” Student Name
2.  “Title,” Student Name
3.  “Title,” Student Name
4.  “Title,” Student Name
Respondent 1: Student Name
Respondent 2: Student Name
Respondent 3: Student Name
Respondent 4: Student Name



Rewrite to fix problems regarding the idea, support, prose, organization, mechanics, and style to  make your paper more effective. Some things to keep in mind as you proofread and edit your work:


Final Presentation

Presentation of your panel's literary examination is in week 16 of class: Monday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Each panel of three speakers will have fifteen minutes to present their close study of texts we have read in this course. This will be followed by a ten-minute question and answer session. A moderator will be presiding over the presentations and discussion session of each panel, introducing the speakers, mediating the questions and responses, and making sure things stay on schedule.

Practice reading your presentation aloud with visual aid if you have any, and edit for speakability, clarity, and time.


Respondents give constructive comments on the panelists' talk, indicating illuminating and effective points made, pointing out problems to fix ex. content, logic, substantiation, organization, clarification, delivery, and giving further commentary and opinions on the issues being discussed. Respondents assigned to a panel are responsible for giving feedback to any and all of the speakers on that panel but are free to comment on papers of different panels as well.

You will be graded both for your performance in giving your talk and in responding to your classmates' presentations, how you present your own ideas and how you show that you know how to listen to, think about, and discuss ideas that others propose.


A program of the final presentation schedule will be posted on our detailed schedule page once panel and response titles, speakers and moderators are finalized. You are responsible for e-mailing me any revisions to your presentation title by Friday, November 23, 2018.

Please inform me of any special equipment needs, otherwise our in-class computer (which uses Microsoft Office 2013) and LCD projector is provided.









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