Postcolonial Literatures essay Assignments | Essay Help Services
The Final essay for this class, Postcolonial Literatures is very much an open assignment. Below are three flexible prompts for your final essay. Your essay is to be 5-pages (approx. 1500 words) and in MLA format. If time and circumstances permit, you are encouraged to email submit early.
The first choice is a close reading of any primary text discussed in the course. These include: Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe); Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo); Matigari (Ngugi wa Thiong`o); The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy); Birds of Passage (Ciro Guerra/Cristina Gallego) and The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros).
In a close reading, the author provides a detailed analysis of the text. This analysis can be applied to either one passage or a identified pattern within the text. Close readings are thesis driven essay which argue through textual analysis. For more guidance on close reading essays, please see the Close Reading Guide
For the Critical Lens essay you are to choose one of the theoretical texts we have read and either prove or disprove one or more of its arguments using the works of fictions we have used. In other words: choose one or more arguments from a theoretical text; does X work of fiction show this to be true? Or, rather, does the work of fiction contradict theorist’s argument(s). For more insight and guidance on the Critical Lens essay, please see supplemental material on blackboard.
This essay offers more freedom. It is a research essay on any of the topics we have discussed in class related to either postcolonial studies or coloniality. These topics inclide, but are not limited to: colonialism (in Africa, or Asia), coloniality, decoloniality, neo-imperialism (in Africa or the Americas); hybridity; the importance of native languages; diaspora; hegemony; the nation-state, democracy, etc.
The object of this essay to offer an exposition on the topic chosen, offer a reflection/analysis as to its pertinence. You may use the any of the secondary texts from class, however, more sources are required (minimum of three scholarly sources). You may also use one of the primary texts used in class.
Note: the first two prompts have supplementary guides-the research essay is for the adventurous/curious.
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