Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

2202441  British Fiction from the Twentieth Century to the Present


Puckpan Tipayamontri

Office: BRK 1106

Office Hours: M 13 and by appointment

Phone: 0 2218 1780


Mapping British Fiction

Our reading of British fiction in the last century and this culminates in a couple of related events: 1) a ten-minute presentation, and 2) a 5–7-page final paper.

1. Insights into British Fiction Presentation

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Think of this as a work-in-progress colloquium where you present the findings of your topical investigation for peer critique and conversation. The topics for this (see below for suggestions) should be the same as your paper so that feedback from the forum can help you fine tune your written analysis, but this is not an inflexible requirement. The process of textual study has begun from the beginning of our course and you have also made headway into your specific final topics several weeks back, but here are some reminders of the literary engagement that might help you design an effective and illuminating project:


2. Mapping British Fiction Final Paper

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The written discussion of your topics study is the final paper, where you plot your findings as a diagram or map that illustrates the subject’s distribution within a contextual framework and analyze that resulting picture. There are two components to the paper: 1) the map, and 2) the analysis. Here is an opportunity to review the overall picture of British fiction from the last century to the present, and to focus specifically on a work and an issue within that work, or a period (like a decade) and an issue within that literary history to tell the story of this remarkable creative production that has influenced the world, continues to do so, and is also influenced by the outrageously diverse and dynamic world in turn. The map pages count as part of your 5–7 pp. total.

1. The Map

This can be as simple as items or clusters of items arranged/typed on a literary plot line, or as elaborate and multifaceted as an infographic (cf. Nathaniel Perlman's "A Visual History of the American Presidency" for extreme complexity and inclusiveness, Berny Tan's "A Visual Guide to References in T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land (1922)" as a mapping of one topic within one work, and "EU Were Always on My Mind" as a simple map of news vs. Brexit comments). Your map component should include

2. The Paper

Throughout the semester, with our scrapbook entries, reading responses and writing exercises, we have experimented and practiced several ways to formulate an idea or argument, from reading, note-taking, discussing, and researching to outlining, writing, and revising. We have also explored several ways to structure arguments into compelling, coherent and unified essays. One guideline we used is the basic

Apply what you have honed from these strategies, practices and examples encountered in the course to your final paper.

Paper Topics

Choose any of the following ideas to pursue: investigate that concept in the literary work(s) and develop your findings into an argument that you lay out in the presentation and paper.

Here are some guidelines from my own professor on rewriting to fix problems regarding the idea, support, prose, organization, mechanics, and style to make your paper more effective. Things to keep in mind as you proofread and edit your work:




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