This task requires you to develop a discussion paper, made up of three questions, that relates to the topic of one tutorial. You will be allocated a week for your discussion paper by your tutor in your first tutorial. You will need to submit your paper via Turnitin by 5pm the day before your tutorial takes place.
Your paper should consist of three well-developed questions, totalling 500 words. These questions should demonstrate your understanding of the specific literary (or filmic) text set for that week’s discussion and be informed by critical perspectives on that text. Learning how to pose questions about a literary text is a crucial aspect of becoming a critical reader. In asking you to formulate questions about the literary texts we read this semester, I encourage you to think of them as ‘open texts’ that present readers with a multiplicity of contradictory meanings. The purpose of critical reading is to explore these contradictions. Each reader will ask different questions of, or draw different conclusions from, a literary text. While no interpretation is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, it is important to learn to discriminate between approaches or ideas based on your own understanding of the text. It will be your work to develop an informed reading of each fictional text in conjunction with the critical reading set for the tutorial or chosen independently, and to figure out where you stand in relation to the thoughts and ideas of others. In other words, this assessment requires you to engage with critics and challenge or build on their interpretations.
You may directly refer to the supplementary reading set for the tutorial, but this is not a requirement of the task. Instead, you are encouraged to use the set reading as a starting point for your own research. Just like the other assessment tasks in the unit, you are required to adequately reference the articles and books that you refer to in your discussion paper. What constitutes a good question? A good question highlights an important or puzzling aspect of a literary text and suggests a meaningful framework in which the issues it raises can be discussed. Here is an example of a successful and unsuccessful discussion question posed in relation to Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Marilyn Butler, in Jane Austen and the War of Ideas (1975), argues that Austen is a “conservative” writer. Butler finds Pride and Prejudice “baffling” because the reader can’t help sharing in Elizabeth’s rebellious “wit and satiric vision.”1 However, in Pride and Prejudice, there are suggestions that Elizabeth’s seemingly subversive wit is
actually grounded in conventional, widely held beliefs. For instance, Elizabeth’s approval of Wickham and disapproval of Darcy agrees with the town’s opinion of the two gentlemen.2 How subversive is Elizabeth’s behaviour in the first half of Pride and Prejudice? Does it problematize or support Butler’s reading of Pride and Prejudice as a
Why does Elizabeth prefer Wickham to Darcy at the beginning of Pride and Prejudice? The first question engages with critical debate about Austen’s work, and suggests a
complication with a specific reading. The question offers its own reading of Austen’s novel, with textual evidence, and provides plenty of avenues for debate in the tutorial.
The second question is less successful than the first because it doesn’t suggest a framework for discussion. Rather than pointing to specific elements of the characters’ representation, it suggests that Elizabeth and Darcy are real people and invites speculation that takes us beyond the text.
Your discussion paper will be assessed on how well it:
• communicates ideas effectively
• demonstrates analytical skills
• demonstrates an understanding of how Austen is located in critical debate
The fascinating fiction for the death of Jane Austen raises some questions on completion of work. The adaptive film and movie have appeared since then to complement written work of Jane Austen. The popularity of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility forms an excellent foundation to inspire writers (Page, 2013). The existence of Sanditon generate some summary requests for exploring different channels of writing mainly in scarce directions of adaptations. The inherited manuscript of the book is developed through significant compositions of persuasion work. For example, Lefroy has composed some thoughts on the discussion that would certainly encourage a good conversation in the storyline development. This means that fiction work of the late Jane Austen is developed by Lefroy based on her aunt's thoughts. Austen's ideas are undoubtedly mysterious especially to the life that surrounds Clara Brereton. This translates that Lefroy was much familiar with her aunt thoughts. How have the storyline of Sandition film inspired writers? Is it possible to have a writer to continue with Jane Austen’s work? Can Lefroy develop Austen’s ideas to fit the plot of the film?
The discretion and delicacy of the book "Sanditon" form some intrigued questions on feminist. The author provides a fashionable resort that promotes women to the fourteenth family. A wide range of guest is invited to sea-bathing to an event of introducing polite society. In the Sidney Park, Clara is provided with impoverished awards for to his hypochondriac sisters. The current feminist generation creates a sense of romance war in heroine observation (Austen & Shapiro, 2009). The story development in the book of "Sanditon" have a sense of summer structure society where women take over. The art and knowledge with the lady are developed through exceptional of great finesse in the homage and adroitness. The fan fiction of lady is plotted in the Regency romance of freaky actions that realize expected figures. The development of feminist create intended grip of greatness in the tears of pleasure. Irresistible attractions of the lady in the book help in retelling a story in the Pride and Prejudice. How do Sandition addresses polite society? Does the author have a good art on fictions? Do feminist women in society system deserve the grip of greatness as discourse in the story?
The storyline of chick-lit heroine helps in modeling professional woman based on financial independence and individual lifestyles. The choice of lifestyle is structured based on gender inequality in the postfeminist century. The parallel structures of post-revolutionary develop political demands in the feminist system (Austen, 2016). Different encounters in the post-feminist era were meant to create equality in the trope of freedom. The inextricable categories of young women connect them with the lifestyle that indicated the change of time. Mysterious actions in the post-feminist generations developed some popular culture for contemporary characteristics of women. The contemporary advertisement of feminist was based on sexy body, heterosexual, and able-bodied (Austen, 2018).
Additionally, the author developed the theory of zombie society where the lady with mysterious creatures emulated love triangle. The main reason was to cultivate trust between humankind and supernatural creatures. The dashing, heroic gentlemen and lady formed an independent militia to address possible violence. How are lifestyles of professional woman connect with financial independence? Did post-feminist era contribute to freedom and equality in society? How is the film Sandition associated with mysterious life based on zombie theory encounter?
Austen, J. (2016). The complete novels of Jane Austen. Chartwell Books.
Austen, J. (2018). Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon. Alma Books.
Austen, J., & Shapiro, J. (2009). Sanditon: Jane Austen's Unfinished Masterpiece Completed. Ulysses Press.
Page, N. (2013). The Language of Jane Austen (Routledge Revivals). Routledge.