Exzerpt eines primär- und eines Sekundärtexts (unbenotet)

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Choose two titles of your personal preference, one from the first, the other from the second list - the lists are designed to relate to our winter semester's lecture. Write an excerpt of the two texts you have selected. You are free in choosing the precise format of your excerpt. In choosing the format, bear in mind the purpose or purposes for which you are making the excerpt. Click here for a couple of further thoughts on how to write useful excerpts.

If you choose a longer text (e.g. Middlemarch or Satanic Verses) it is acceptable if you only do an excerpt of the first book or part, as long as you include an indication of the overall structure of the book.

Please make sure that your excerpt also includes:

  1. a full bibliographical reference of the text the excerpt deals with, according to our style sheet, so that you can quote without going back to the original source.
  2. a list of ca. 3 articles taken from the MLA bibliography, which discuss either your primary text or also deal with the problem that your secondary text addresses.

Drama and Fiction

  1. Beowulf (composed c. 750/ manuscript source c. 1010) Benjamin Slade's edition Best printed edition: Beowulf, a dual-language edition translated with an introduction and Commentary by Howell D. Chickering, Jr. (New York: Anchor, 1977/2006).
  2. Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales (1386-1400). Virginia e-text (you may try to read the Shipman's tale with a translation into modern English).
  3. Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur (1471/1485) EEBO, Marteau esp. Caxton's preface and book 5
  4. William Shakespeare, King Lear (1608). EEBO
  5. William Wycherley, The Country Wife (1675). ECCO
  6. Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (1719). ECCO, Marteau
  7. George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871/72). 19thNovels.com
  8. T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922). Wikisource
  9. Edward Bond, Saved (1965)
  10. Salman Rushdie, Satanic Verses (1988).

Literary Criticism

Hugh Trevor-Roper. "The Invention of Tradition: The Highland Tradition of Scotland." in: The Invention of Tradition ed. Eric Hobsbawm, Terence Ranger, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1st. ed. 1983, repr. 2003. 15-42.

Robert Markley. "The Rise of Nothing: Revisionist Historiography and the Narrative Structure of Eighteenth-Century Studies." Genre 23 (1990): 77-101.