(Due April 19th on turnitin.com by 11:59pm)
All papers should be 6-10 pages, double-spaced, with 12
point times new roman font or equivalent.
For this assignment, you are asked to respond to one of the
following four prompts. This is, first and foremost, an essay of literary
analysis, the key objective of which should be the interpretation of literature
based on your analysis of textual evidence. The paper should be thesis-driven,
with all evidence organized around a clear, complex, and relevant central
- Discuss the ways in which two of the novelists in this
course adapt their narrative techniques to the representation of mass
revolutionary action. Do these authors change, adapt, or experiment with, the
standard conventions of the novel in order to make it a suitable form for the
representation of revolution? Are they successful in these adaptations? You
may wish to consider their use of protagonist, plot structure, diction,
syntax, or narrative point of view.
- Consider Fanon’s arguments on violence, party
leadership, spontaneity, Manicheism, or national consciousness. Do Fanon’s
theories of revolution adequately account for the revolutionary situations
dramatized in these novels? Using at least two of the novels from this
course, discuss the ways in which the novelists confirm or support Fanon’s
theories, and the ways in which they challenge Fanon’s theories.
- Given that many revolutions start small and only
gradually build mass support (Algeria is a prime example), how do the
novelists depict the growth of revolution, both in terms of consciousness and
also in terms of sheer numbers of revolutionaries? How do revolutions grow,
and how do the revolutionaries establish their credentials for moral
legitimacy and mass representation along the way? Use examples from at least
two novels to support your claims.
- Situate at least two of the novelists from this course
within the context of Cold War politics. Do you see these writers as clearly
aligned with communism in their attitudes towards capitalism as a system, or
the 1st world as a geopolitical force? Discuss the influence of
communist critiques of imperialism (from Lenin, Mao, Nkrumah) on these
writers. Do you see a clear influence of the 2nd world on these
“third world” writers?