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					Assoc. Prof. Ludmilla Kostova, Ph. D.

EXAMINATION PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

LITERATURE COURSES:


2003405. BRITISH PROSE FICTION SINCE 1980

А+ IV курс

Курс    Име, фак.
А+Р     Вероника Ненова – 43397     Write a critical analysis of Angela Carter’s novella “The Bloody
                                    Chamber,” paying special attention to the differences between its plot and
                                    the traditional fairy tale of Blue Beard. What is the significance of the
                                    differences?
А+Р     Анила Георги –              How is the narrator represented in Angela Carter’s novella “The Bloody
        43360                       Chamber”? Do we have any reasons to doubt her reliability?
А+Р     Цветомила Куманова -
        43396                       Write a critical analysis of Angela Carter’s “Ashputtle or the Mother’s
                                    Ghost.” Comment on each of the three different versions of the story.
                                    Which version presents the most satisfying mother-daughter relationship,
                                    in your opinion?
А+Р     Галина Божилова - 43392     Comment on the representation of femininity in D. M. Thomas’ novel The
                                    White Hotel, paying special attention to the (anti-)heroine’s relationship
                                    with “Freud”.
А+Ф     Весела Иванова - 43367      Write a critical analysis of Salman Rushdie’s “Good Advice Is Rarer Than
                                  Rubies.” Comment on Miss Rehana’s choice and the reasons for it.
А+Ф   Емел Ибрям –                Comment on the representation of history in D. M. Thomas’ novel The
      43365                       White Hotel.
А+Ф   Юлия Андреева – 43368       Write a critical analysis of Julian Barnes’ novella The Porcupine. How are
                                  the consequences of the fall of communism represented in it? Does the
                                  author, in your opinion, sympathize with any of the characters?
А+Ф   Маринела Димитрова -        Write a critical analysis of Malcolm Bradbury’s novel To the Hermitage,
      43363                       dwelling on the parallels between the eighteenth century and the 1990s.
                                  Why does the author consider Enlightenment thought to be relevant to
                                  today’s world?
А+Ф   Катя Петкова –              Write a critical analysis of the character of the Marquis in Angela Carter’s
      43369                       novella “The Bloody Chamber.” Are we to see him as a sadistic villain or
                                  as a victim of some kind?
А+Ф   Диана Тенева –               Write a critical analysis of the character of the young bride in Angela
      43366                       Carter’s novella “The Bloody Chamber.” Is she in any way responsible for
                                  what happens to her in the novella?
А+Н   Фатме Исмаилова - 43354     Is Salman Rushdie’s “Good Advice Is Rarer Than Rubies” an example of
                                  postmodernist writing? Justify your opinion by using examples from the
                                  text.
А+Н   Ивелина Георгиева - 43350   Write a critical analysis of the character of Peter Solinsky in Julian
                                  Barnes’ The Porcupine. Is he a morally weak figure? Justify your opinion
                                  by using examples from the text.
А+Н   Вилияна Стоева – 43349      Write a critical analysis of the character of Stoyo Petkanov in Julian
                                  Barnes’ The Porcupine. Is he represented as an entirely negative
                                  character? Justify your opinion by using examples from the text.
А+Н   Елена Петрова –             Comment on the representations of motherhood in Angela Carter’s
      43353                       “Ashputtle or the Mother’s Ghost.” How do those representations differ
                                  from the conventional view of maternal love?
А+Н    Вася Димитрова - 43359     Comment on the representations of Russia and the West in Malcolm
                                  Bradbury’s novel To the Hermitage. How is history represented in the
                                  novel? Do you see any evidence of historical progress in it?
А+Ар   Павел Петков –             Comment on the representations of female sexuality in Angela Carter’s
       43377                      “Ashputtle or the Mother’s Ghost,” paying special attention to rivalry
                                  between women.
А+Ар   Валерия Колева – 43371     Comment on the ending of Angela Carter’s novella “The Bloody
                                  Chamber,” paying special attention to the young narrator’s relationship
                                  with the piano tuner. What, in your opinion, is its function in the plot?
А+Ар   Никола Славков - 43373     Comment on the subversion of gender stereotypes in Angela Carter’s “The
                                  Bloody Chamber” and “Ashputtle or the Mother’s Ghost.”
А+Ар   Стефан Станев –            Malcolm Bradbury’s To the Hermitage can be read as a historical novel.
       43378                      Consider the ways in which it differs from the Scottian historical novel.
А+Ар   Полина Георгиева - 43372   Consider the function of intertextuality in D. M. Thomas’ novel The White
                                  Hotel.
А+Яп   Деница Душкова - 43384     How are traditional humanist ideas of the self and rational knowledge
                                  disrupted in D. M. Thomas’ novel The White Hotel?
А+Р    Атанас Ташев –             Comment on the representation of socio-political change in Julian Barnes’
       43391                      The Porcupine. What, in your view, is the moral price that people have to
                                  pay in periods of political transition?
А+Ар   Ивайло Мочуков –           Consider the representation of East-West relations in Salman Rushdie’s
       43379                      “Good Advice Is Rarer Than Rubies.” Would you describe this text as
                                  anti-Western?
А+Ар   Теодора Борисова –         Consider the theme of scape-goating in Julian Barnes’ The Porcupine. In
       43374                      your view, is scape-goating among the inevitable consequences of socio-
                                  political change?
А+Ар   Радостина Щерева –         Consider the treatment of the “grand narrative” of the European
       43375                      Enlightenment in Malcolm Bradbury’s To the Hermitage. How is this
                              narrative problematized in the context of the novel?
А+Яп. Павлина Тодорова –      While being sceptical of “grand narratives”, postmodernism favours
      43387                   “mini-narratives.” Prove/disprove this by using examples from Malcolm
                              Bradbury’s To the Hermitage.
А+Яп. Моника Кискинова –      Angela Carter is concerned with the construction of female subjectivity as
      43389                   active rather than passive. How does this apply to the situation of the
      monikova_2001@yahoo.com young narrator in “The Bloody Chamber”?
А+Яп. Даниел Иванов –         Is Angela Carter’s “Ashputtle or the Mother’s Ghost” merely about the
      43385                   reproduction of conventional female roles from one generation to the next
                              (mother-daughter-mother-daughter…)?
А+Яп. Ина Стефанова –         Comment on the narrative voices in the three “stories” making up Angela
      43383                   Carter’s “Ashputtle or the Mother’s Ghost.” Are they different or
                              identical?
А+Яп. Мариета Сидерова –      It has been argued that all of the tales in Angela Carter’s collection The
      43382                   Bloody Chamber involve a sort of retelling of the plot of Beauty and the
                              Beast. How does this apply to the volume’s titular tale?
А+Ар. Галена Йорданова –      Angela Carter’s tales represent gender as performance. How is gender
      43386                   performed in “Ashputtle or the Mother’s Ghost”? Dwell on “The
                              Mutilated Girls”.
А+Яп. Надежда Маркова –       Angela Carter’s tales represent gender as performance. How is gender
      43380                   performed in “Ashputtle or the Mother’s Ghost”? Dwell on “The Burned
                              Child.”
А+Яп. Петя Йорданова –        Angela Carter’s tales represent gender as performance. How is gender
      43381                   performed in “Ashputtle or the Mother’s Ghost”? Dwell on “Travelling
                              Clothes.”
А+Яп. Василена Делчева –      Comment on Angela Carter’s replacement of the familiar Cinderella by
      43386                   Ashputtle in the title of her tale “Ashputtle or the Mother’s Ghost.” What,
                              in your view, are the reasons for this replacement?
А+Яп. Мариета Деанова          Why is the young narrator in “The Bloody Chamber” left nameless?
      Димитрова - 41111        Consider the significance of her namelessness as well as the psychological
                               function of each of the different “names” by which the Marquis calls her in
                               the tale.
А+Яп. Ненчо Ненов –            Consider the character of Catherine the Great in Malcolm Bradbury’s To
      43388                    the Hermitage. Is the Empress nothing but a tyrant or are there any other
                               aspects to her fictional personality?
А+Н      Елка Димитрова –      Comment on the character of Muhammad Ali in Salman Rushdie’s “Good
         43351                 Advice Is Rarer Than Rubies,” paying special attention to his attitude to
                               Miss Rehana.
А+Н      Габриела Ангелска –    Comment on the use of language in Salman Rushdie’s “Good Advice Is
         43358                 Rarer Than Rubies.” Do you detect any elements of stereotyping in the
                               story?
А+Н      Мария Николова –      Comment on the French setting of “The Bloody Chamber.” How would an
         43352                 English setting change the tale?
А+Р      Павел Биков –          Consider the male characters in Angela Carter’s “Ashputtle or the
         43395                 Mother’s Ghost.” Would you describe them as mere pawns in the power
                               struggles of the female characters? Base your opinion on examples drawn
                               from the text.



Romanticism

Курс      Име, фак.
АФ3 к.    Ивайло Йовчев –      Write a critical analysis of S. T. Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan” (The
          41651                Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp.
                            254 – 257), paying special attention to the romantic interpretation of art
                            and the role of the artist/poet.
АФ 3 к. Гергана Иванова –   Write a critical analysis of William Wordsworth’s poem “Lines Written in
        41642               Early Spring” (The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic
                            Poetry and Prose, p. 127), paying special attention to the poet’s
                            pantheistic view of the natural world.
АФ 3 к. Даниела Радева –    Comment on the following passage from S. T. Coleridge’s poem “The
        41646               Rime of the Ancient Mariner”:

                            At length did cross an Albatross,
                            Thorough the fog it came ;
                            As if it had been a Christian soul,
                            We hailed it in God's name.
                            It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
                            And round and round it flew.
                            The ice did split with a thunder-fit ;
                            The helmsman steered us through !
                            And lo ! the Albatross proveth a bird of good omen, and followeth the ship
                            as it returned northward through fog and floating ice.

                            And a good south wind sprung up behind ;
                            The Albatross did follow,
                            And every day, for food or play,
                            Came to the mariner's hollo !
                            In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
                            It perched for vespers nine ;
                            Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
                                Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
                                The ancient Mariner inhospitably killeth the pious bird of good omen.

                                `God save thee, ancient Mariner !
                                From the fiends, that plague thee thus !--
                                Why look'st thou so ?'--With my cross-bow
                                I shot the ALBATROSS.

                                 Why does the Ancient Mariner kill the Albatross? How does this relate to
                                the poem’s ecological message?
АФ 3 к. Цвета Иванова –         Write a critical analysis of P. B. Shelley’s poem “Ode to the West Wind”
        41721                   (The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose,
                                pp. 447- 449), paying special attention to the relationship between the
                                fourth and fifth stanzas.
АФ 3к.   Ивета Ангелова –       Write a critical analysis of William Blake’s poem “The Tyger” (The
         41643                  Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp.
                                25- 26), paying special attention to the stance of the poetic speaker.
АФ3 к.   Надя Цветанова –       Write a critical analysis of John Keats’ poem “La Belle Dame Sans
         41639                  Merci” (The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry
                                and Prose, pp. 535 – 6). What is the genre of the poem? Comment on the
                                relationship of the knight and the lady.
АФ 3 к. Радостина Стаменова -   Comment on William Wordsworth’s Preface to Lyrical Ballads (The
        41649                   Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp.
                                592 – 611), paying special attention to the poet’s representation of his
                                contemporary culture. What is the role of the poet in the context he
                                outlines? Which features of Wordsworth’s own poetry make it suitable for
                                readers in the modern world?
АФ 3 к. Кристина Янакиева -     Write a critical analysis of Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe, paying special
        41647                   attention to the representation of the relations between Saxons and
                                Normans. How is the tension between the two ethnic groups resolved in
                                the context of the novel?
АФ 3 к. Мирослав Стайков -      Write a critical analysis of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice,
        41638                   paying special attention to family politics. Comment on the Elizabeth –
                                Darcy relationship. What makes Elizabeth and Darcy different from all
                                other characters in the novel?
АФ 3 к. Пламена Якимова –       Write a critical analysis of Walter Scott’s novel Waverley, paying special
        41640                   attention to the representation of the Gaelic-speaking Highlanders.
АФ 3 к. Елена Гатева –          Write a critical analysis of Jane Austen’s novel Emma, paying special
        41645                   attention to Emma’s final choice of a husband. Why is her marriage
                                socially – as well as personally – significant?
АФ 3 к. Елена Стоянова –        Write a critical analysis of Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility.
        41671                   Why is sense privileged over sensibility in the context of the novel?
АФ 3 к. Мимоза Соколова –       Consider the main characteristics of the Byronic hero, using the excerpt
        41659                   from Byron’s poem Lara in The Oxford Anthology of English Literature.
                                Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp. 290-2.
АФ 3 к. Мартин Дамянов –         Write a critical analysis of “Ode to a Nightingale“(The Oxford Anthology
        41633                   of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp. 538-541), paying
                                special attention to the theme of escapism.
АФ 3 к. Димитър Гошевски –      WRITE A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF JANE AUSTEN’S NOVEL
        41657                   NORTHANGER ABBEY. How is the Gothic novel parodied in this text?
                                Comment on the character of Catherine Morland. What is the difference
                                between reading novels and “reading” people?
АФ 3 к. Иелена Бояник - 41658   COMMENT ON THE THEME OF ROMANTIC INDIVIDUALISM IN
                                BYRON’S POEM MANFRED (The Oxford Anthology of English
                                Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp. 311-315).
АФ 3 к. Деница Ганчева –        Comment on Byron’s interpretation of politics and sexuality in Don Juan,
        41576                    Canto IX (The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry
                                 and Prose, pp. 365-369)
АФ 3 к. Данче Георгиевска –      WRITE A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF KEATS’ SONNET “ON FIRST
        41617                    LOOKING INTO CHAPMAN’S HOMER” The Oxford Anthology of
                                 English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp. 495--6),
                                 COMMENTING ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE POEM’S GENRE.
АФ 3 к. Пейо Пеев –              Write a critical analysis of Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion. What, in your
        41635                    view, is the significance of the novel’s title?
АФ 3 к. Иван Топалов –           Write a critical analysis of P. B. Shelley’s Preface to Prometheus
        41634                    Unbound (The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry
                                 and Prose, pp. 422-425), paying special attention to the poet’s search for
                                 an ideal hero.
АФ 3 к. Мартин Лазаревски –      Write a critical analysis of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, paying special
        41673                    attention to the text’s engagement with the ideology of “masculine”
                                 romanticism.
АФ 3 к. Андрей Алексов –          Comment on the significance of the full title of Mary Shelley’s novel,
        41672                    Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. Is Victor Frankenstein a
                                 modern Prometheus, in your view?
АФ 3 к. Александра Михайлова –   Write a critical analysis of P. B. Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound, Act I
        41665                    (The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose,
                                 pp. 425-430), paying special attention to the moral parameters of the
                                 conflict between Prometheus and Jupiter.
АФ 3 к. Ирена Христова –         Consider the themes of motherhood and fatherhood in Mary Shelley’s
        41663                    novel Frankenstein.
АФ 3 к. Цветана Караславова –    Consider William Wordsworth’s poems “Expostulation and Reply” and
        41662                    “The Tables Turned” (The Oxford Anthology of English Literature.
                                 Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp. 127-129), paying special attention to the
                                 human relationship with nature.
АФ 3 к. Даниела Тодоринова –   Consider the themes of sin and expiation in Coleridge’s poem “The Rime
        41669                  of the Ancient Mariner” (The Oxford Anthology of English Literature.
                               Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp. 238-254). Would you describe their
                               interpretation as conventional?
АФ 3 к. Пaвел Граматиков –     Write a critical analysis of Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park, paying
        41655                  special attention to the heroine’s choice of husband. What is she motivated
                               by, in your view?
АФ 3 к. Зорница Стефанова –    Comment on the process of nation building in Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe,
        41667                  paying special attention to the exclusion of the Jewish characters from it.
                               How do you account for this exclusion?
АФ 3 к. Мариета Димитрова –    Define the main features of the Scottian historical novel, using the
        41664                  example of Waverley.
АФ 3 к. Карина Бушманова –     Consider the representations of class difference in Jane Austen’s novel
        41660                  Pride and Prejudice. Is upward social mobility possible in the context of
                               the novel?
АФ 3к.   Цветомира Цанова –    Write a critical analysis of S. T. Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” (The Oxford
         41641                 Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp. 254 –
                               257). Why is the poem described as a “fragment”?
АФ 3к.   Тодорка Стефанова –   Comment on William Wordsworth’s Preface to Lyrical Ballads (The
         41668                 Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp.
                               592 – 611), paying special attention to the poet’s representation of his
                               contemporary culture. What is the role of the poet in the context he
                               outlines? Which features of Wordsworth’s own poetry make it suitable for
                               readers in the modern world?



RENAISSANCE
Курс      Име, фак.
1. АФ 4   Людмила Методиева -   Define Faustus’s character on the basis of the first soliloquy in Marlowe’s
к.        41587                 play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
2. АФ 4   Даниела Станчева –    Comment on the following passage from Shakespeare’s play Henry V,
к.        41575                 paying special attention to the main ideas and the use of specific images to
                                express them. How does this passage relate to Elizabethan conceptions of
                                kingship?

                                Upon the king! let us our lives, our souls,
                                Our debts, our careful wives,
                                Our children and our sins lay on the king!
                                We must bear all. O hard condition,
                                Twin-born with greatness, subject to the breath
                                Of every fool, whose sense no more can feel
                                But his own wringing! What infinite heart's-ease
                                Must kings neglect, that private men enjoy!
                                And what have kings, that privates have not too,
                                Save ceremony, save general ceremony?
                                And what art thou, thou idle ceremony?
                                What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st more
                                Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers?
                                What are thy rents? what are thy comings in?
                                O ceremony, show me but thy worth!
                                What is thy soul of adoration?
                                Art thou aught else but place, degree and form,
                                Creating awe and fear in other men?
                                Wherein thou art less happy being fear'd
Than they in fearing.
What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet,
But poison'd flattery? O, be sick, great greatness,
And bid thy ceremony give thee cure!
Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out
With titles blown from adulation?
Will it give place to flexure and low bending?
Canst thou, when thou command'st the beggar's knee,
Command the health of it? No, thou proud dream,
That play'st so subtly with a king's repose;
I am a king that find thee, and I know
'Tis not the balm, the sceptre and the ball,
The sword, the mace, the crown imperial,
The intertissued robe of gold and pearl,
The farced title running 'fore the king,
The throne he sits on, nor the tide of pomp
That beats upon the high shore of this world,
No, not all these, thrice-gorgeous ceremony,
Not all these, laid in bed majestical,
Can sleep so soundly as the wretched slave,
Who with a body fill'd and vacant mind
Gets him to rest, cramm'd with distressful bread;
Never sees horrid night, the child of hell,
But, like a lackey, from the rise to set
Sweats in the eye of Phoebus and all night
Sleeps in Elysium; next day after dawn,
Doth rise and help Hyperion to his horse,
And follows so the ever-running year,
                                 With profitable labour, to his grave:
                                 And, but for ceremony, such a wretch,
                                 Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep,
                                 Had the fore-hand and vantage of a king.
                                 The slave, a member of the country's peace,
                                 Enjoys it; but in gross brain little wots
                                 What watch the king keeps to maintain the peace,
                                 Whose hours the peasant best advantages.

3. АФ 4   Габриела Крачунова -   Write a critical analysis of Shakespeare’s chronicle Richard II, paying
к.        41571                  special attention to the way(s) in which history is interpreted.
4. АФ 4   Адриана Чакърова –     Write a critical analysis of Thomas Wyatt’s “I Find No Peace”, paying
к.        41560                  special attention to the representation of Petrarchan love.
5. АФ 4   Камен Павлов –         Comment on the use of language in Faustus’s “Helen” speech. Pay
к.        41582                  special attention to alliteration and its effects as well as to references
                                 to classical mythology:

                                 Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
                                 And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?--
                                 Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.--
                                    [Kisses her.]
                                 Her lips suck forth my soul: see, where it flies!--
                                 Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again.
                                 Here will I dwell, for heaven is in these lips,
                                 And all is dross that is not Helena.
                                 I will be Paris, and for love of thee,
                                 Instead of Troy, shall Wittenberg be sack'd;
                                 And I will combat with weak Menelaus,
                               And wear thy colours on my plumed crest;
                               Yea, I will wound Achilles in the heel,
                               And then return to Helen for a kiss.
                               O, thou art fairer than the evening air
                               Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars;
                               Brighter art thou than flaming Jupiter
                               When he appear'd to hapless Semele;
                               More lovely than the monarch of the sky
                               In wanton Arethusa's azur'd arms;
                               And none but thou shalt be my paramour!

6. АФ 4 Ивелина Иванова –      Write a critical analysis of King Lear, Act 3, Scene 2. How does this
к.      41581                  scene relate to the Elizabethan picture of the world? What is the
                               significance of the storm in it?
7. АФ 4 Валентина Дойчева –    Write a critical analysis of Macbeth, Act I, Scene 3, paying special
к.      41568                  attention to the role of the supernatural in the shaping of the protagonist’s
                               motivation. To what extent are Macbeth’s later crimes a matter of
                               personal moral choice?
8. АФ 4 Биляна Янева –         Write a critical analysis of Othello, Act V, Scene 2, commenting on the
к.      41599                  protagonist’s jealousy and its consequences. How has Othello’s moral
                               character changed under the impact of jealousy? How does he react when
                               he finds out he has been misled by Iago?
9. АФ 4   Таня Лингорска –     Write a critical analysis of Antony and Cleopatra, Act V, Scene 2,
к.        41592                commenting on the representation of power and death.
10. АФ    Таня Танева –        Write a critical analysis of Romeo and Juliet, explaining why the play is
4 к.      41593                usually defined as a tragedy of circumstance.
11. АФ    Свилена Ангелова –   Comment on Shakespeare’s representation of kingship in the chronicle
4 к.      41591                Richard II. Compare King Richard’s behaviour at the beginning and at
                                the end of the play.
12. АФ   Цветелина Ламбева –    Write a critical analysis of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s
4 к.     41595                  Dream, paying special attention to the representation of love.
13. АФ   Радена Ломчева –       Write a critical analysis of The Spanish Tragedy, paying special attention
4 к.     41541                  to the moral parameters of revenge.
14. АФ   Валентин Бацов –       Cleopatra has been described as a woman living in a man’s world. Prove
4 к.     41569                  or disprove this, using examples from Shakespeare’s tragedy Antony and
                                Cleopatra.
15. АФ   Георги Любомиров –     Comment on Hamlet’s revenge in Shakespeare’s eponymous tragedy.
4 к.     41572                  Does the idea of revenge clash with Hamlet’s overall system of values?
16. АФ   Мария Краева –         Write a critical analysis of Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, paying
4к       41616                  special attention to the characters of the two fathers, Lear and Gloucester,
                                and the mistakes of judgement they make.
17. АФ   Красимира Кръстева –   Write a critical analysis of the relationship of Othello and Desdemona in
4к       41583                  Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. Pay special attention to the interracial
                                character of this relationship and the use of racist stereotypes in the play.
18. АФ   Ромина Бонева –        Write a critical analysis Shakespeare’s comedy The Merchant of Venice,
4 к.     41589                  paying special attention to the representation of the Jewish characters.
19. АФ   Яница Георгиева –      Write a critical analysis of Shakespeare’s chronicle Richard III, paying
4 к.     41596                  special attention to the representation of King Richard. Is this
                                representation historically accurate?
20. АФ   Теодора Русева –       Consider Milton’s representation of Satan in Paradise Lost. Do you
4 к.     41594                  consider P. B. Shelley’s view of Satan as the “hero of Paradise Lost”
                                justified?
21. АФ   Мария Димова –         Comment on the structure of Milton’s Paradise Lost. Why does Milton
4 к.     41588                  employ the in medias res technique in the poem?
22. АФ   Атанас Даскалов –      Write a critical analysis of John Donne’s sonnet “Batter my heart, three-
4 к.     41564                  person'd God…”, paying special attention to the theme of salvation.
23. АФ   Адриана Иванова –              Write a critical analysis of Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar, paying
4 к.     41561                          special attention to the relationship between ethics and politics.
24. АФ   Анета Коцева –                 Comment on the characters of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost. How is
4 к.     41562                          Adam’s decision to eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree interpreted in the
                                        context of the poem?
25. АФ   Весна Данова –                 Write a critical analysis of the character of Viola in Shakespeare’s
4 к.                                    comedy Twelfth Night. Discuss the significance of her cross dressing in
                                        the context of the play.
26. АФ   Георги Митранов –              Write a critical analysis of Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the
4 к.     41573                          Shrew, paying special attention to the representation of marriage.
27. АФ   Гергана Марковска –            Write a critical analysis of John Donne’s poem “The Flea”, paying special
4 к.     41574                          attention to the poetic speaker’s tactics of persuasion.
28. АФ   Светослав Георгиев –           Write a critical analysis of Milton’s poem “On the Morning of Christ’s
4 к.     41590                          Nativity”, paying special attention to the flight of the pagan gods.
29. АФ   Ивелина Евтимова –             Write a critical analysis of Milton’s dramatic poem Samson Agonistes.
4 к.     41580                          What kind of a national leader is Samson in the context of the poem?
30. АФ   Диме Дамянски –                Write a critical analysis of Shakespeare’s play The Comedy of Errors,
4 к.     41577                          paying special attention to the role that confusion plays in the plot.
31. АФ   Благой Сутинов –               Write a critical analysis of Edmund Spenser’s sonnet LXXV (“One Day I
4 к.     41565                          Wrote her Name…”), paying special attention to the theme of love.
32. АФ   Георги Казаков –               Write a critical analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet LXXIII, paying special
4 к.     41717                          attention to the theme of time.




2003408. Post-romantic British Poetry
Курс    Име, фак.
АФ 3 к. Даниела Радева – 41646   Write a critical analysis of “Porphyria’s Lover”, commenting on the
                                 poem’s (re)production of romantic elements.
АФ 3 к. Деница Ганчева – 41576   Write a critical analysis of “My Last Duchess”, commenting on the
                                 poem’s (re)production of romantic elements.
АФ 3 к. Цветана Караславова –    Write a critical analysis of Alfred Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott”,
        41662                    commenting on the poem’s “debt” to romanticism.
АФ 3 к. Мирослав Стайков         Write a critical analysis of W. B. Yeats’ poem “Sailing to Byzantium”.
        41638                    What is the poem’s relationship to early nineteenth-century romanticism?
АФ 3 к. Иван Топалов – 41634     Write a critical analysis of “Goblin Market”, paying special attention to
                                 representations of femininity and masculinity. Is Christina Rossetti
                                 indebted to romanticism in any way?
АФ 3 к. Елена Гатева - 41645     Write a critical analysis of Alfred Tennyson’s “The Lotos Eaters”,
                                 commenting on the poem’s (re)production of romantic elements.
АФ 4 к. Ивайло Йовчев –           Write a critical analysis of Yeats’ “The Second Coming”. What is the
        41651                    poem’s relationship to early nineteenth-century romanticism?
АФ 3 к. Даниела Радева –          Write a critical analysis of Yeats’ “Easter, 1916”, commenting on the
        41646                    poem’s relationship to romantic nationalism.
АФ 3 к. Даниела Тодоринова –     Write a critical analysis of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s “The Blessed
        41669                    Damozel”, commenting on the poem’s “debt” to early nineteenth-century
                                 romanticism.
АФ 3 к. Мариета Димитрова –      Write a critical analysis of Yeats’ poem “The Lake Isle Of Innisfree”,
        41664                    commenting on the poem’s (re)production of romantic elements.
АФ 3 к. Алксандра Михайлова –    Write a critical analysis of Christina Rossetti’s “Song” ["When I am
        41665                    dead"]. What is the poem’s treatment of the romantic view of love and
                                 death?
АФ 3 к. Тодорка Стефанова -      Write a critical analysis of Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle into That
        41668                    Good Night”, paying special attention to the poem’s treatment of death.
АФ 3 к. Цвета Иванова – 41721      Write a critical analysis of Dylan Thomas’ “Fern Hill”. Do you detect any
                                   “debt” to romanticism?
АФ 3 к. Мартин Дамянов             Write a critical analysis of Dylan Thomas’ “The Force That Through the
        41633                      Green Fuse Drives the Flower”, commenting on its “debt” to
                                   romanticism.
АФ 3 к. Радостина Стаменова -      Write a critical analysis of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet (“I
        41649                      thought once how Theocritus…”). How is love treated in the Sonnet? Do
                                   you detect any “debt” to romanticism?
АФ 3 к. Бранимира Цонева –         Write a critical analysis of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet (“But
        41791                      only three in all God's universe…”). How is love treated in the Sonnet?
                                   Do you detect any “debt” to romanticism?
АФ 3 к   Пейо Пеев – 41635         Comment on Ted Hughes’ involvement with the Celtic bardic tradition.
АФ 3 к                             Comment on the ecological themes in Ted Hughes’ poetry. Do you detect
                                   any “debt” to romanticism?
АФ 3к.   Кристина Янакиева         Write a critical analysis of Yeats’ “Sailing to Byzantium”. What is the
                                   social role of art, according to the poem?
АФ 3к.   Карина Бушманова –        Comment on the representation of old age in Yeats’ “Sailing to
         41660                     Byzantium”.
АФ 3к.   Елена Стоянова – 41671    How do Victorian representations of art and artists convey the romantic
                                   idea of the exceptionality of art? To answer the question, write a critical
                                   analysis of Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shalott”.
АФ 3к.   Данче Георгиевска         Write a critical analysis of “My Last Duchess”, trying to relate Robert
         41617                     Browning’s representation of the Italian Renaissance to the romantic idea
                                   of historicism.
АФ 3к.   Цветомира Цанова          Comment on Tennyson’s treatment of escapism in “The Lotos Eaters”.
АФ 3к.   Гергана Иванова – 41642   How is femininity represented by the poetic speakers of “Porphyria’s
                                   Lover” and “My Last Duchess”? Can you find parallel representations of
                                   femininity within the context of early nineteenth-century romanticism?
АФ 3к.   Йелена Бояник – 41658   Comment on the recurrent references to the birth of a “terrible beauty” in
                                 Yeats’ “Easter, 1916”. What is the significance of those references, in
                                 your opinion? Can you think of any parallels within the context of early
                                 nineteenth-century romanticism?
АФ 3к.   Йоана Василева - 41270   Can “Goblin Market” be read as a (proto-)feminist poem? Justify your
                                 opinion by using appropriate examples from the text.
АФ 3к.   Мимоза Соколова – 41659 Comment on the apocalyptic elements in Yeats’ poem “The Second
                                 Coming”. Can you find parallels in the work of any of the earlier
                                 romantics?
АФ 3к.   Пламена Якимова - 41640 What is the significance of the representation of the poet/artist as a
                                 medieval woman in Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott”? Can you relate
                                 this to romantic and/or Victorian ideas of womanhood?
АФ 3к.   Мартин Лазаревски       Comment on the treatment of self-indulgence and self-sacrifice in
         41673                   “Goblin Market”. Do you detect any “debt(s)” to early nineteenth-
                                 century romanticism?
АФ 3к.   Андрей Алексов          Comment on the use of “medieval” elements in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s
         41672                   poem “The Blessed Damozel”. Can you find parallel representations of
                                 the Middle Ages in early nineteenth-century romanticism?
АФ 3к.   Ивета Ангелова – 41643  Comment on the allegorical elements in “The Lady of Shalott.”
         Димитър Гошевски –
         41657
АФ 3к.   Ирена Христова – 41663  Can “Goblin Market” be read as a critique of commercialism (e. g.
                                 advertising and its false promises)? Justify your opinion.
АФ 3к.   Надя Цветанова – 41639  Write a critical analysis of Yeats’ “Easter, 1916.” What, in your opinion,
                                 is the “terrible beauty” that is repeatedly mentioned in the text?
АФ 3к.   Александра Михайлова    Write a critical analysis of “Porphyria’s Lover”, commenting on the
         41665                   poem’s (re)production of romantic elements.
АФ 3к.   Павел Граматиков        Write a critical analysis of “Goblin Market”, paying special attention to
         41655               representations of femininity and masculinity. Is Christina Rossetti
                             indebted to romanticism in any way?
АФ 3к.   Зорница Стефанова   Write a critical analysis of Yeats’ “Easter, 1916”, commenting on the
         41667               poem’s relationship to romantic nationalism.
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       1.    43501-ІІ     Неда Стефанова Цанева: Comment on the General Prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury
Tales, paying special attention to the characters’ individualization. What strategies are used to achieve the effect of
individualization? Are all characters equally individualized?

      2.     43502-ІІ      Пламен Иванов Василев: Comment on the following passage from Shakespeare’s play
Henry V, paying special attention to the main ideas and the use of specific images to express them. How does this
passage relate to Elizabethan conceptions of kingship?

Upon the king! let us our lives, our souls,
Our debts, our careful wives,
Our children and our sins lay on the king!
We must bear all. O hard condition,
Twin-born with greatness, subject to the breath
Of every fool, whose sense no more can feel
But his own wringing! What infinite heart's-ease
Must kings neglect, that private men enjoy!
And what have kings, that privates have not too,
Save ceremony, save general ceremony?
And what art thou, thou idle ceremony?
What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st more
Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers?
What are thy rents? what are thy comings in?
O ceremony, show me but thy worth!
What is thy soul of adoration?
Art thou aught else but place, degree and form,
Creating awe and fear in other men?
Wherein thou art less happy being fear'd
Than they in fearing.
What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet,
But poison'd flattery? O, be sick, great greatness,
And bid thy ceremony give thee cure!
Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out
With titles blown from adulation?
Will it give place to flexure and low bending?
Canst thou, when thou command'st the beggar's knee,
Command the health of it? No, thou proud dream,
That play'st so subtly with a king's repose;
I am a king that find thee, and I know
'Tis not the balm, the sceptre and the ball,
The sword, the mace, the crown imperial,
The intertissued robe of gold and pearl,
The farced title running 'fore the king,
The throne he sits on, nor the tide of pomp
That beats upon the high shore of this world,
No, not all these, thrice-gorgeous ceremony,
Not all these, laid in bed majestical,
Can sleep so soundly as the wretched slave,
Who with a body fill'd and vacant mind
Gets him to rest, cramm'd with distressful bread;
Never sees horrid night, the child of hell,
But, like a lackey, from the rise to set
Sweats in the eye of Phoebus and all night
Sleeps in Elysium; next day after dawn,
Doth rise and help Hyperion to his horse,
And follows so the ever-running year,
With profitable labour, to his grave:
And, but for ceremony, such a wretch,
Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep,
Had the fore-hand and vantage of a king.
The slave, a member of the country's peace,
Enjoys it; but in gross brain little wots
What watch the king keeps to maintain the peace,
Whose hours the peasant best advantages.


3      43503-ІІ Пламен Смилов Москов: Write a commentary on temptation and testing in Sir Gawain and the
Green Knight. How do the two themes relate to medieval conceptions of sin and righteousness?
   4 43504-ІІ Георги Василев Георгиев: Define Faustus’s character on the basis of the first soliloquy in
Marlowe’s play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
    5 43505-ІІ Наталия Анатолиева Георгиева: Comment on Beowulf, paying special attention to the theme
of heroic virtue. How does heroic virtue contribute to the preservation of human civilization, in the context of the
poem?
      6       43507-ІІ    Емилия Николаева Георгиева: Comment on the use of language in Faustus’s “Helen”
speech. Pay special attention to alliteration and its effects as well as to references to classical mythology:

Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?--
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.--
   [Kisses her.]
Her lips suck forth my soul: see, where it flies!--
Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again.
Here will I dwell, for heaven is in these lips,
And all is dross that is not Helena.
I will be Paris, and for love of thee,
Instead of Troy, shall Wittenberg be sack'd;
And I will combat with weak Menelaus,
And wear thy colours on my plumed crest;
Yea, I will wound Achilles in the heel,
And then return to Helen for a kiss.
O, thou art fairer than the evening air
Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars;
Brighter art thou than flaming Jupiter
When he appear'd to hapless Semele;
More lovely than the monarch of the sky
In wanton Arethusa's azur'd arms;
And none but thou shalt be my paramour!
     7 43508-ІІ Росен Стефанов Георгиев: Comment on Henry Fielding’s novel The Adventures of Joseph
Andrews, paying special attention to the concept of affectation, which is first mentioned in the Preface. How is
affectation interpreted in the context of the novel?
     8 43509-ІІ Искрена Минчева Кирилова: Write a critical analysis of S. T. Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan”
(The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp. 254 – 257), paying special attention
to the romantic interpretation of art and the role of the artist/poet.
9               43510-ІІ      Милен Светозаров Василев: Comment on Chaucer’s treatment of love in Troilus
and Criseyde. Why does the poem end with a glorification of heavenly love?
   10 43513-ІІ Михаела Петкова Кокенска: Comment on Daniel Defoe’s The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe,
paying special attention to the organizing role of the Protestant work ethic in the novel.
   11 43514-ІІ Марина Юриева Чолакова: Write a critical analysis of William Wordsworth’s poem “Lines
Written in Early Spring” (The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, p. 127), paying
special attention to the poet’s pantheistic view of the natural world.
      12      43515-ІІ     Яна Валентинова Лисичкова: Comment on the following passage from S. T.
Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”:

At length did cross an Albatross,
Thorough the fog it came ;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God's name.
It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit ;
The helmsman steered us through !
And lo ! the Albatross proveth a bird of good omen, and followeth the ship as it returned northward through fog
and floating ice.
And a good south wind sprung up behind ;
The Albatross did follow,
And every day, for food or play,
Came to the mariner's hollo !
In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers nine ;
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Glimmered the white Moon-shine.'
The ancient Mariner inhospitably killeth the pious bird of good omen.

`God save thee, ancient Mariner !
From the fiends, that plague thee thus !--
Why look'st thou so ?'--With my cross-bow
I shot the ALBATROSS.


 Why does the Ancient Mariner kill the Albatross? How does this relate to the poem’s ecological message?
   13 43516-ІІ Катерина Иванова Игнатова: Write a critical analysis of P. B. Shelley’s poem “Ode to the
West Wind” (The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp. 447- 449), paying
special attention to the relationship between the penultimate and last stanzas.
    14 43517-ІІ Нина Светлинова Николова: Write a critical analysis of King Lear, Act 3, Scene 2. How does
this scene relate to the Elizabethan picture of the world? What is the significance of the storm in it?
    15 43518-ІІ Ния Миролюбова Влахова: Write a critical analysis of John Keats’ poem “La Belle Dame Sans
Merci” (The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp. 535 – 6). What is the genre
of the poem? Comment on the relationship of the knight and the lady.
    16 43519-ІІ Никола Антонов Антонов: Comment on William Wordsworth’s Preface to Lyrical Ballads
(The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp. 592 – 611), paying special attention
to the poet’s representation of his contemporary culture. What is the role of the poet in the context he outlines?
Which features of Wordsworth’s own poetry make it suitable for readers in the modern world?
       17     43521-ІІ     Виктория Василева Кузмова: Comment on Moll Flanders’ strategies of economic
survival in Defoe’s novel of the same name. How do Moll’s strategies of economic survival differ from
Robinson’s? What is the significance of the difference?
    18 43523-ІІ Димитър Миролюбов Ивановски: Write a critical analysis of Horace Walpole’s Gothic novel
The Castle of Otranto. What are the main features of the Gothic genre? How do these features manifest themselves
in the novel?
   19 43525-ІІ Александър Йорданов Йорданов: Write a critical analysis of Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe,
paying special attention to the representation of the relations between Saxons and Normans. How is the tension
between the two ethnic groups resolved in the context of the novel?
   20 43526-ІІ Мария Пламенова Русева: Write a critical analysis of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice,
paying special attention to family politics. Comment on the Elizabeth – Darcy relationship. What makes Elizabeth
and Darcy different from all other characters in the novel?
   21 43527-ІІ Йордан Георгиев Цвятков: Write a critical analysis of Jane Austen’s novel Northanger Abbey.
How is the Gothic novel parodied in this text? Comment on the character of Catherine Morland. What is the
difference between reading novels and “reading” people?
    22 43529-ІІ Самуил Стоянов Ангелов: Write a critical analysis of Henry Fielding’s novel Joseph Andrews.
Consider Fielding’s Preface to the book. How does he define his own text in it? What is his main target of social
criticism?
    23 43531-ІІ Калоян Юриев Георгиев: Write a critical analysis of Macbeth, Act I, Scene 3, paying special
attention to the role of the supernatural in the shaping of the protagonist’s motivation. To what extent are
Macbeth’s later crimes a matter of personal moral choice?
   24 43532-ІІ София Петкова Петкова: Write a critical analysis of Othello, Act V, Scene 2, commenting on
the protagonist’s jealousy and its consequences. How has Othello’s moral character changed under the impact of
jealousy? How does he react when he finds out he has been misled by Iago?
  25 43533-ІІ Силвия Димитрова Митева: Write a critical analysis of Antony and Cleopatra, Act V, Scene 2,
commenting on the representation of power and death.
   26 43534-ІІ Таня Георгиева Ангелова: Write a critical analysis of Romeo and Juliet, explaining why the
play is usually described as a tragedy of circumstance.
  27 43535-ІІ Надя Георгиева Иванова: Comment on Robinson Crusoe’s urge to geographical mobility.
What is the broader significance of this feature, in your view?

   28 43537-ІІ Мария Владимирова Хънтова: Comment on Shakespeare’s representation of kingship in the
chronicle Richard II. Compare King Richard’s behaviour at the beginning and at the end of the play.
      29     43538-ІІ     Марияна Николаева Киркова: Write a critical analysis of the novel Emma by Jane
Austen, paying special attention to Emma’s final choice of a husband. Why is her marriage socially – as well as
personally – significant?


   30 43539-ІІ Христиан Тихомиров Христов: Comment on Hamlet’s revenge in Shakespeare’s eponymous
tragedy. Does the idea of revenge clash with Hamlet’s overall system of values?
      31     43541-ІІ     Асия Рахим Осман: Cleopatra has been described as a woman living in a man’s world.
Prove or disprove this, using examples from Shakespeare’s tragedy Antony and Cleopatra.


   32 43542-ІІ Деян Йорданов Георгиев: Write a critical analysis of Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, paying
special attention to the characters of the two fathers, Lear and Gloucester, and the mistakes of judgement they
make.
    33 43543-ІІ Мартин Иванов Киров: Write a critical analysis of the relationship of Othello and Desdemona
in Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. Pay special attention to the interracial character of this relationship and the use
of racist stereotypes in the play.
  34 43545-ІІ Мария Василева Стефанова: Write a critical analysis of the Wife of Bath’s prologue and tale?
Would you describe Chaucer’s character as a proto-feminist?
   35 43546-ІІ Румяна Любомирова Влаева: Write a critical analysis of the Pardoner’s prologue and tale.
Some critics have seen this character as a strikingly modern figure. Do you agree or disagree? Base your opinion
on examples from Chaucer’s text.
   36 43548-ІІ Елина Боянова Петрова: Comment on the central relationship in Richardson’s novel Pamela,
or Virtue Rewarded. What is the social significance of the heroine’s marriage to Mr. B.?
  37 43549-ІІ Йоанна Красимирова Николова: Write a critical analysis of Matthew Lewis’s Gothic novel
The Monk. What are the main features of “male” Gothic? How do these features manifest themselves in the novel?
   38 43550-ІІ Десислава Борисова Крумова: Comment on the themes of human imperfection and chivalry in
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Can chivalry provide an antidote to imperfection in the context of the romance?
  39 43551-ІІ Петя Иванова Иванова: Comment on Moll Flanders’ pursuit of economic success in Daniel
Defoe’s eponymous novel. How do Moll’s strategies differ from Robinson’s?
  40 43553-ІІ Радосвет Пламенов Александров: Comment on the representation of womanhood in Sir
Gawain and the Green Knight. To what extent does this representation reflect religious and chivalric views of
women?
   41 43554-ІІ Ани Александрова Михайлова: Write a critical analysis of Shakespeare’s chronicle Richard III,
paying special attention to the representation of King Richard. Is this representation historically accurate?
  42 43555-ІІ Боян Владимиров Бостанджиев: Write a critical analysis of Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius
Caesar, paying special attention to the relationship between ethics and politics.
   43 43556-ІІ Мая Димча Велиновска: Write a critical analysis of Shakespeare’s chronicle Richard II, paying
special attention to the way(s) in which history is interpreted.
    44 43580-ІІ Николена Валентинова Дойчинова: Write a critical analysis of William Blake’s poem “The
Tyger” (The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Romantic Poetry and Prose, pp. 25- 26), paying special
attention to the stance of the poetic speaker.

				
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