In term 3 our schedule is as follows
Week 1: Wednesday 23 April by 12 noon is the due date for the essay
Week 2: no seminars (revision preparation)
Week 3: Monday 5 May, seminars at the usual times for exam revision
Week 5: Tuesday 20 May at 14:00, according to the PROVISIONAL timetable, the Finalists exam will take place
Week 7: Thursday 5 June at 9:30am, according to the PROVISIONAL timetable, the non-finalists exam will take place
In Week 3, Cathia will conduct a revision session dedicated to the material taught in term 1. The session will be taught at the usual seminar time, in room H542.
In preparation for this session, you are asked to revise the primary texts thoroughly. Use week 2 to do so. You may wish to re-read your blogs and your seminar notes. Be prepared to discuss the texts in detail and to generate comparative analyses between them.
During the Easter break, make sure that you have completed the reading of all the set texts. I also suggest that you look through your seminar notes and highlight the key concerns that have been discussed throughout the year. Practice writing arguments about the ways in which these concerns are manifested in the texts we have read. Focus on familiarising yourself with the comparative aspects of these novels and make sure that you know them well enough so that you are able to answer questions on any one of them without the need to recall simple plot incidents or characters' names. Get your basic historical facts straight.
The Format of both exams (finalists and non-finalists) is the same. The paper will last for 2 hours. There will be no reading time because there is no close reading.
On the First Page of the exam paper, the following information appears:
There are TWO sections to this paper. Answer ONE title from EACH section. Please read the instructions for each section carefully and ensure that you have not repeated your arguments across the two sections. You must not write about the same text twice in this paper.
When the question mentions the first half of the module please refer to the following primary texts and any associated secondary reading:
- Narcissa Owen, Memoirs of Narcissa Owen: 1831-1907
- Mary Jemison, A Narrative of the Life of Mrs Mary Jemison
- Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland
- Frederick Douglass, A Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglass
- Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance
- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
- Fanny Fern, Ruth Hall
- Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
When the question mentions the second half of the module, please refer to the following primary texts and any associated secondary reading:·
- Herman Melville, Moby Dick, or the Whale
- Henry James, The Bostonians
- Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
- W.E.B. Du bois, The Souls of Black Folk
- Eugene O’Neill, The Emperor Jones
- Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound & Others, Selected Poetry
- Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop
Read carefully the instructions on the answer book and make sure that the particulars required are entered fully on each answer book used.
This is followed by the rubrics of the 2 sections of the exam.
Section A: Choose one of the titles below to write a critical essay on the texts we read in the first half of the module. Although you are allowed to refer to a text that you used in the assessed essay, you must not repeat the same argument.
Section B: Choose one of the titles below to write a critical essay on the texts we read in the second half of the module. Although you are allowed to refer to a text that you used in the assessed essay, you must not repeat the same argument.