Except for the analysis of style, you
should use more than one text in answering the questions.
Do not use the same text to answer different questions.
Go ahead! Time to show your knowledge and critical/analytical ability.
e.g. Methwold in Midnight's Chidren; Rochester in Wide Sargasso Sea; the teacers in Annie John
*. Not all the teachers are colonizers.
Choose three teachers (from Annie John, Sugar
Cane Alley, and "Rain Child") and analyze
their different relationships with the colonized.
*. What does it mean on the thematic, stylistic and linguistic levels? What does "writing back" achieve?(e.g. the use of creole language in Caribbean texts, the use of intertext in Midnight's Chidren and Wide Sargasso Sea)
| II. Diaspora Identity
*. Of all the texts about Indian, Caribbean, African (in "Rain Child") and Chinese diasporas, choose two to talk about their characters' cultural position/identity, and all the factors that cause such identity/position.
* Analyze the role (post)modern technology and media (e.g.T.V., radio, airplane) plays in two of these three films and how they get to be related to the immigrant characters.
Diaspora in Postmodern metropolis
* Compare and contrast the complicated race relations between the whites and the creoles, the creoles or mulatto and the blacks in Wide Sargasso Sea and Sugar Cane Alley. Although the two texts are set in two historical periods, they still overlap in time (with Madouze's story about his grandfather) and we can still relate Leopold to Antoinette.
|III. Women's, Children, Working Class
and Family in Colonial society.
* The treatment/characterization of "working class people" in Narayan's stories
You can also analyze some central symbols, such as house, body/bone/meat, map, the use of weather, food, etc.
3. Poetic language in narratives