World Literatures in
Final Exam, Fall 2002
Answer 2 questions, each
in three paragraphs.
I. Themes, Cultures & Styles: (Mapping I. Engage yourself in
a dialogue with the questions raised by some texts in their specific cultural
role of obeah woman in "The prophetess" and Wide Sargasso
- How is caste system and marriage treated
in one of the following Indian texts (e.g. "Flute Music,"
The God of Small Things[chap 2], "Gainda").
on Indian women by purdah or gender hierarchy in "Honour"
and "Her Mother."
- Discuss the use of a Caribbean custom (e.g.
voodoo, or obiah, or Krik? Krak!) in one of the following texts (Sugar Cane Alley, "Children
of the Sea," Wide Sargasso Sea).
- Political Upheavals,
Trauma and their Consequences in two of the following texts:
The God of Small Things, "Management of Grief"
and "Children of the Sea."
- The sense of Imprisonment
and Bodily Harm in "The Prison of Who Glasses" and
"The Body is the Country of Pain" during the period of
issue of "English" education (both literature and language)
and identity in two of the following texts: The God of
Small Things, Foe, "Dan is the Man in the Van."
or the ways
they raise the questions artistically. . .
B. Artistic Techniques
and contrast the different spatial imagery in "Bright
Thursdays," Wide Sargasso Sea, and "Children of the
Sea." (e.g. the protagonists' senses of the houses, the
garden, the mountain and the sea and how they reflect their senses
Choose one text. Discuss the symbolic meanings of Paparachi's
moth in The God of Small Things, mongoose and the pig in Abeng,
or butterflies, banyan tree and the sea in "Children of the Sea".
narrative skills of Foe, Wide Sargasso Sea or
"Children of the Sea."