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I. Search and Find; 2. Major Issues; 3. Revised & Added Questions
I. Search and Find: Choose Three and answer each in one to two paragraphs; each 12%. In answering these questions, don't just copy and paste what you have read. You can quote or paraphrase the ideas and then give proper citations.
- Search for the biography of one author/director and explain the importance of one event in his/her life that influences the work we have read by him/her.
- Get one historical date or period, or one cultural element, and explains its importance to one of the texts you have read or watched. (Don't just say that it's important; explains its influence on the characters or the themes of the work.) (clues: go to the culture pages India & Pakistan; The Caribbean Area; Canada --National Identity & Race Relations; Toronto; Chinese Immigrants , )
- Go to one of the related sites (listed on each of our course-material page, or on the general relevant links page) and explain what you have learned there.
2. Major Issues: Choose 3
Do not use the same text to answer different questions.
| II. Diaspora Identity
|III. Women's, Children,
Working Class and Family in (Colonial) society.
|IV. Distinct Cultural/Historical
Elements of the Areas/Nations
B. Artistic Techniques--You can concentrate on one text or compare two.
1. The use of the non-realistic genres such as allegory, parody or the fantastic (e.g. "Christopher Columbus," Masala, The Handmaid's Tale, The Adjuster, "The Found Boat")
2. Metafictional techniques in film or novel --e.g. the inclusion of an author or director in the text to thematize some issues about the relationships between fiction and reality; the use of intertextuality;
3. Poetic language in narratives -- You can also analyze some central symbols, such as airplane, house, the use of lyricism (in The Lonely Londoners) etc.