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English 255: Postcolonial Literature
Fall 1998
Tony O'Brien

Final Exam

1. Mahasweta Devi is a good example of "Third World Feminism," since her image of women in struggle against patriarchy is embedded in the particulars of a non-Western society—the tension between "Fourth World" or indigenous "tribal" people and the national mainstream culture of postcolonial India. Discuss.

2. Ben Okri, Stars of the New Curfew: "In the Shadow of War," "In the City of Red Dust," and "What the Tapster Saw." In all three stories Okri targets a particular political disaster in postcolonial Nigeria, using a different point of view in each case: lonely child, picaresque drifter, hallucinating "tapster." Discuss the stories as works of political fiction.


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