11 – Fall 2001
to the Global Novel”
Draft Due: Monday October 29
Draft Due: Friday November 2
in 2 copies of Rough Drafts.
- The Status of Women. The
English Patient is full of technical details about mining, desert
expeditions, and the historical complexities of World War II, details we
might not ordinarily associate with women. Are women really marginalized
from the technical and historical aspects of the novel? You might also
approach this question as one about women and war: if this is a novel
about war, how do women enter into the picture?
- The value of
“education.” In Nervous Conditions, it seems that the education a person
receives, the less he or she actually knows. That is to say,
education in this community has the effect of cutting people from the
others around them, alienating them from their own culture. We see this
especially profoundly with Nhamo and Nyasha. How is Tambudzai’s experience
different? What is the value of education for her?