Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University


2202234  Introduction to the Study of English Literature


Puckpan Tipayamontri

Office: BRK 1106

Office Hours: M 13 (If you are off campus, via Zoom Meeting Room) and by appointment

Phone: 0 2218 4703


Section 3 (Blackboard Course Page)

M 9:3011:00 (MCS 401/18), W 8:009:30 (MCS 401/5)



! Final Exam: (online, Monday, November 30, 1:00–4:00 p.m., 60 points)  The final exam is uploaded on the course webpage. It consists of three essay-type questions, one on each of the works we have read in the latter half of the semester: The Glass Menagerie, Sons of the Prophet and Girl Meets Boy. I will be available online throughout the exam period as usual to answer any e-mailed questions you may have. See below for detailed instructions.
  • Review: The study guide pages for The Glass Menagerie, Sons of the Prophet and Girl Meets Boy is up on our detailed schedule and linked to here. Downloadable test 1 discussion is there as well along with material for Oct. 5.
  • Answer sheet:
    • Download the answer sheet 234 final exam answer sheet and enter your information in the header. You can do this in advance to save test taking time.
    • Rename your answer sheet file according to the indicated format, i.e.,
      234 Final - your name here please.docx
      Replace "your name here please" with your name. Ex.
      234 Final - somsak.docx
    • Type your answer on this sheet and send the (.docx) file to reach me at by 4:05 p.m. (five-minute grace period included).
    • In addition, you may attach a PDF file of the completed answer sheet as a fixed record of your work, against grader comments and any accidental changes in the official file. Only the word-processing sheet will be graded.
    • Links to your answer (ex. on OneDrive, Google Drive, Google Doc, or online Word) are not acceptable and will not be graded.
  • Final exam paper:
    • The exam paper will be given in both Word and PDF (to check against in case your different Microsoft Word versions affect the content display).
    • If you cannot download the exam files on this page at 1:00 p.m., notify me immediately (and CC your message to Be sure to refresh your screen to view the most current page and not the cached information on your device.
  • Troubleshooting:
    • If you experience delays and/or crashes during the exam period, record a short video clip of your work screen that shows your writing, the frozen or broken connection, and the date and time in the same shot. When your device and/or the internet connection recovers, record a short video clip of your work screen again, showing your writing, the returned function/connection, and the date and time to account for the time lapse. Send these along with your answer sheet at the end of the exam period. If file size limit is exceeded, make sure you send your answer sheet on time, and attach the video evidence in a separate later message.
    • If your answer file is undeliverable within five minutes of sending it, take a screenshot of the notification message and of your answer sheet and send it to inform me immediately (CC:
    • Problems with responses and delivery can be avoided with proofreading. Double check not only your work (Did your answer match the prompt number you indicate? etc.), but also the send to e-mail address. A typo from haste can result in the exam file not being delivered, as some of you have learned the hard way. To be safe, you can copy and paste e-mail addresses to your message.

! Writing Reminder: A common problem that you have in your writing submitted so far is coherence, and related to it, unity. Remember your paragraph training in English I and II. When writing your responses and final exam, organize your essay so that it has a main argument and that all paragraphs and illustrative examples and details support and develop it as a unified whole. See some of the following for review.

! The Glass Menagerie: If you prefer handling physical paper when reading the play and making notes by hand, the hard copy of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie is available for purchase (Call 09 2621 0992 to order.) at khun On's shop near the security desk of Maha Vajirunhis Building (yellow starred on the map), Faculty of Science; hours: M–F 8–5. Several copies are also available to check out at the Arts and Central libraries.


! Course Material Updates: There have been recent updates to the course reading on our section Blackboard page, among them, supplementary material, additional Introduction to the novel sections, short stories, and Table of Contents and Works Cited edits.


! Class Preparedness:

  • Reading: If you prefer hard copies of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie (35 baht loose leaf, 70 baht spiral bound) and Ali Smith's Girl Meets Boy (45 baht loose leaf, 80 baht spiral bound), you may purchase them from khun On (Call 09 2621 0992 to order your copy). Her shop is near the security desk of Maha Vajirunhis Building (yellow starred on the map), Faculty of Science; hours: M–F 8–5. Please bring exact change for speedy transaction.
  • Classcast venue options: Instead of BRK 414 that I mentioned last week as a quiet space where you can attend class, here are some places prepared for your use:
    • Thesis room, 3rd floor, Arts Library (Maha Vajiravudh Building): I've reserved this room every Monday and Wednesday for our section. It's the room immediately on your right at the top of the stairs. Ask staff if you need help finding your way there.
    • M level, BRK Building: This is space with seating and long desks for any Arts student to attend online classes with their notebooks or other devices.
    • Audio visual section, Learning Commons
  • What to Bring:
    • A computer: The nature of our class sessions often requires typing extended responses, navigating several programs and web pages, and viewing passage excerpts and detailed images. A smartphone will not be effective for any of these activities. If you don't have a notebook or large format tablet with full keyboard, reserve a computer at the BRK Computer Center for class.
    • Head- or earphones with built-in microphone: On the Blackboard Collaborate platform, when you are videoconferencing in too close proximity with another session, there will be audio echoes that disturb livecasting classes within range. Using earphones with dedicated microphones (instead of your computer speaker and mic) eliminate this.
  • Online material: See the Detailed Schedule and download items in the Course Packet folder of our Blackboard course page for initial readings.
! Class Sessions: All sessions will be online via Blackboard Collaborate except where indicated on our detailed schedule.

Course Outline

Class Time: M 9:3011:00, W 8:009:30

Class Location: Class sessions are conducted online via Blackboard except those indicated below, which are in-person and designated with pink asterisks on the detailed schedule page.

  • Monday, September 14 (MCS 401/18)
  • Monday, September 28 (MCS 401/18)
  • Wednesday, September 30 (MCS 401/5)
  • Monday, October 5 (MCS 401/18; optional)
  • Wednesday, October 7 (MCS 401/5; optional)
  • Monday, October 26 (MCS 401/18)
  • Wednesday, November 18 (BRK 414)
  • Monday, November 23 (BRK 414)
  • Wednesday, November 25 (BRK 414)


Required Texts

Detailed Schedule 




Requirements and Expectations

  • Reading Responses: Aside from occasional writing of other kinds, reading responses are useful exercises that attempt to explain, discuss or comment on a question that you pose about the reading. No more than one page double-spaced is expected per response but it should be well thought out. See samples.

  • Attendance and Participation: Discussion of the texts will be a big part of this class and students are encouraged to express their opinions, share observations and ask questions. Come prepared to discuss the reading material.

  • Assignments include reading responses, two tests, and a final exam.

Studying Literature
  • Klarer, Mario. An Introduction to Literary Studies. 2nd ed. Routledge, 2004. Print. (CL  820.9 K63I)

  • Brooks, Cleanth, and Robert Penn Warren. Understanding Fiction. 3rd ed. Prentice Hall, 1998. Print. (library has 2nd ed.)

  • Undergraduate Guide for Studying Literature (How well do you understand what you have read?, keeping a reading journal, critical terms for discussing literature, guidelines for writing essays, what the grade on your essay means, what to do with your marked essay, marking symbols and abbreviations; also has downloadable pdf file)

  • Literary Resources on the Net

Essential References MLA Handbook MLA Handbook. 8th ed. Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

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Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. Merriam-Webster, 2008.

Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd ed. 20 vols. Oxford UP, 1989.

rogets 7ed

Roget's International Thesaurus. 7th ed. Edited by Barbara Ann Kipfer. Harper, 2010.
The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 4th ed. Edited by Roland Greene, et al. Princeton UP, 2012.




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