Category Archives: Assignments

MIDS (220/303/415)


One small test booklet

Two writing implements

All primary (fiction) texts (exception: the Manifesto of the Communist Party)

One 8.5 x 11 page of notes (YOUR notes) handwritten, front and back


Go to Taxonomy on the right hand side of this page and click on the relevant category (ex. Contemporary Culture, History and Culture, Values and Culture)

Have a cup of coffee with some of your classmates and talk about what you know

Re-visit film materials (esp. those located on the course information page)

For the exam:

Be creative and cogent

Make interesting links


Best of luck



First Time (220/303/415)

“The realist novel represents one of the great revolutionary cultural forms of human history. In the domain of culture, it has something like the importance of steam power or electricity in the material realm, or of democracy in in the political sphere. For art to depict the world in its everyday, unregenerate state is now so familiar that it is impossible to recapture its shattering originality when it first emerged. I doing so, art finally returned the world to the common people who had created it through their labour, and who could now contemplate their own faces in it for the first time.”

— Terry Eagleton

Prompt (220)

Both Hamlet and Real World represent youthful characters involved in dramatic situations.

Compare these two texts in terms of the ways they construct Youth as a cultural category by identifying and discussing both their SOCIAL CONTENT (i.e., social values specific to their respective historical contexts) and NARRATIVE DISCOURSE (i.e., particular formal techniques, structure).

In other words, how do Shakespeare and Kirino use that SOCIAL CONTENT and NARRATIVE DISCOURSE to construct YOUTH as a cultural category?