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UPDATES (Saturday 5th Feb)

1) Questions: lots of interesting ideas yesterday which mostly use a form of words that will help us focus on the main text, author's presentation, and think from critical, conceptual and contextual points of view in our explorations. Well done. Now make an actual title you are really happy with, in time for your plan to hand in on Wed 9th Feb this week. Ironically this may mean generalising it a little more so that it covers both books, but at the same time keeping a very specific focus on certain characters in mind which you can define in your thesis or introduction. If you need a more specific focus, use google scholar, books in R55, the library or interpretations already supplied to find a viewpoint which really intrigues you and you feel you can productively argue with - pick a quotation out of it to address and add a generalised question after it to cover both books. Alternatively use an online Tess to get a quote straight from the text.

2) Online Tess available at: Use the HTML version so you can search on screen. To do that, a) brainstorm search terms (love + affection + desire... or death + dead + die... or for education, perhaps "know" "learn" "realise" etc) - you can use one or many at a time, b) press ctrl + F on the keyboard to bring up a search box and then type in a search term, c) press "next" continually to look at the various different places it comes up. What insights/patterns/oppositions/developments occur to you as you read this way? Also brilliant for when you are tired/confused and just can't find that bit you want. NB, if you cut and paste any quotations out, check in your paper copy that the text is absolutely correct and do not run spell/grammar check on it as it may remove dialect or stylistic detail.

3) Scholarly articles available at: into which you can again type any relevant search terms - try to include only the most specific or you will get too much. "Thomas" and "Alice" won't be a great idea ; ).

4) Keep a note of your reading: author, title of book, publication date, for your bibliography required for your final draft and a skill you need for Uni in any subject. Here is Ms Wilson's MA thesis biography as an example. You will see that it includes web references also. Please don't tell her if you spot typos!

5) Next lessons: In Tuesday's lesson Ms Wilson will attempt to have laptops/and ICT room for us to do some tracing of our ideas through the text and to explore linked up details as done for blood in the last lesson but for your topics. Friday's lesson should probably be on Yeliot with a return to some of the poems you have apparently done, but in much more detail. First come first served with suggestions to Ms W, who is also open to desperate appeals for a Purple lesson instead : ). Please make sure that you tell her in advance what you want to do!

Plus, on Eliot and Yeats, see for updates on that work - basically catch up on posting up poems, Yeats links, voices essays as examples for belief essay due next Friday before half term (in time for feedback before Mock) and ability to revise together over half term.

  • Any late work will not be marked and explanations required to Mr Harkins.
  • Plan due Wed 9th Feb - enough detail to see where you are going, what bits of Tess and Purple you will examine, what critical viewpoints and contextual influences you are considering. Arguably this is the time to start the Bibliography.
  • Feedback on plan and individual tutorials.
  • First Draft due Wed 9th March - general feedback will be given, not diagnostic annotation.
  • Final Copy due Mon 28th March.