To understand postcolonial literature, a discussion of the trauma of colonization and the protest of writing is needed. Here are some questions from your course text, due the first week of class, that hone this conversation.
- Preface: What stories had been “largely forgotten” by the western press, in this example? How do the highlights of the western press influence a sense of global memory/forgetting?
- “The journey of a researcher” does not follow a simple path. Select a quote from the preface or introduction, which considers the author’s journey, starting questions, or identification. Explain why the quote is significant.
- What does it mean to protest through literature or with cultural forms? How are these forms of performing democracy?
- Page xv-xvi How do the women on this page “perform democratic desire with diverse claims?”
- What can you infer about sacred spaces, after reading the introduction?
- Protest is not only political and economic, but also fits within a “paradigm of political bloom” (xvii). What are the three factors in this paradigm or model?
- What are the images after 9-11?