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Class Meeting Time: TTh 9:30-10:45 a.m., Henkel 107

Thursday, March 20, 2014

[Archive] Chenjerai Hove's Bones: Assignment, 3/20/14

Image: A section from page 1
We have discussed the historical background of Hove's novel. This assignment is designed to get you thinking about the novel's literary elements. This assignment is open book, open blog, and open class notes. You may not use any other online sources for this assignment.

Assignment: Each group of three to four as assigned in class will answer the following questions in a comment to this post. Provide properly cited textual evidence for each answer.

1. What is the setting of this novel?
2. Who are the principle characters and what are their relationships to each other?
3. What is the principle conflict of this novel?
4. Describe is the author's style.
5. Describe the author's tone, overall, throughout the novel.
6. What is the symbolic significance of bones in the novel?
7. What is the thematic significance of the novel's narration and point of view?
8. What does disease symbolize in the novel?

Each comment must include all group members' names and use standard English. Numbers 1-4 of this assignment count as one participation grade; numbers 5-8 count as one participation grade. All work is due by midnight on 3/25/14.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

[Archive] The Wretched of the Earth Assignment for Tuesday, 3/4/14

We have discussed the ways that translators and foreign invaders can distort descriptions of other cultures that they view through their own cultural lenses. We also know that, as readers, we must be careful not to distort our perceptions of other cultures through our own cultural lenses. In today's selection from The Wretched of the Earth, most of the chapter entitled "On National Culture," Frantz Fanon pushes this learning one step further by advocating for a national literature and, more, "a poetry of revolt" (226).

Cover of Fanon's
Groundbreaking Study
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Assignment: In a two- to three-paragraph comment to this post, answer this prompt: Explain what Fanon means when he advocates for a “poetry of revolt.” Why is literature important to a liberation struggle? How does Keita Fodeba's play, "African Dawn," exemplify Fanon’s idea? Cite both the play and the selection from Fanon's book in support of your claim.

Use standard English. Include your name. Your comment may respond to previous comments as long as it otherwise fulfills these assignment criteria. Citation includes in-text citation and a list of Works Cited. See the citation link on this blog for instructions. This assignment counts as one participation grade and is due by midnight on 3/5/14.