EL3221: Literary Stylistics
1st Semester 2006/07
Project Specifications & Recommendations
The project consists of two components: the presentation, and the
Further notes on these components are given below.
Size of group
Six or seven members. Smaller groups are discouraged, unless it is really
impossible for members of a smaller group to join other groups.
In addition to the project groups, there should also be a group of two or
three summarizers, who will give a general overview of all the group
presentations. The summarizers will be appointed by me. They should present their report in the session
one week after the project presentations. They should look at the following general tendencies:
- The texts chosen and whether they could be divided into distinct
genres, whether their division or non-division into distinct genres by
the groups is justified, etc.
- The different methods of analysis adopted by the respective groups (if applicable),
and an evaluation of these methods.
- Diversity or similarity of opinions within each group and between
- Any general observations that could be derived from the observations
and conclusions of each of the groups.
- Which presentation, in the opinion of the summarizers, is the best,
and the reasons for their judgment (their judgment here may not
necessarily agree with that of the lecturer or by the students' peer
- General observations on the use of songs for stylistic and
linguistic analyses, the pedagogical purpose underlying the analyses,
and what the class has achieved.
- Any other relevant observations or comments.
Scale of project
Please note that the project carries only 15% of the marks. As such, you
should be realistic about the scale of your project. It is strongly recommended that only one song is
selected, as you will not have the time to discuss more songs during the
presentation. Remember, you only have fifteen minutes for the presentation
(which includes playing time for the song or extracts from it), and
there should be five minutes of discussion with your course-mates and me as well.
- The presentation should be fifteen minutes in length, and no more. Groups that
exceed the time limit will be stopped, even if they have not completed their
- There should be five minutes of discussion after the
- Instead of unswervingly presenting a conformist group opinion, your group
should present, whenever possible, a diversity of opinions. Remember,
critical thinking has nothing to do with conformist thinking. However,
diversity of opinions and evaluations should be presented systematically,
and you should discuss with your group mates or with me on how this could be
- The recommended software for the presentation is PowerPoint 2003. Other
software may be used, but students are urged to ascertain beforehand if
their software is compatible with the operating system and hardware
available in the lecture room. I have found that Macintosh presentation
software does not always work with the available operating system and
hardware. No added time will be given for technical glitches
– these glitches should be resolved before
and not during the session.
- Students are expected to play at least the audio version of the song.
How exactly they will combine the audio with their analysis in their
presentation will be left open.
- The project report should be between 500 and 1,500 words
- The report need not be an exact replica of your presentation.
- A project report is not a group essay. The requirements of the
project report are not the same as those of a group essay. You
should present your points and observations more succinctly than in an
essay, and the write-up should follow a prescribed format, which is given
below (the format is usually more variable for an essay).
- Your project report should follow the following format:
of the above are given in another document.
Document last revised on
06 October, 2006.