English Contemporary Literature Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IsT Year

Q. 1. (a) (i) Aila’s unexpected action of bringing politics into the bourgeois home suggests a new formulation of identity. Discuss with reference to Gordimer’s My Son’s Story.

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(ii) In Gordimer’s My Son’s Story, as a coloured revolutionary in South Africa who has a ‘colonial mentality’. Sonny-is damned. Do you agree ? Give a reasoned answer.

(b) (i) Write a critical note on the treatment of cultural hybridity in Walcott’s “The Sea is History’ and ‘Names’.

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(ii) Critically analyse Atwood’s ‘Procedures for Underground’ as a journey through the ‘green world’
of myth and delusion.

(c) (i) Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a play about necessary counter-information. Discuss.

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(ii) Show how literature and politics and inextricably linked in Fo’s Accidental Death ofan Anarchist and Ngugi’s The Trial of Dedan Kimathi.
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Q. 2. (a) (i) According to Ngugi, ‘Both as a means of com¬munication and a carrier of culture, language…..has a dual characler.’ Comment with reference to ‘Decolonizing the Mind.’

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(ii) What is the central postcolonial anxiety that Fanon discusses in Black Skin, White Masks ?

(b) (i) How do the personal and the political intersect in Neruda’s “The Way Spain Was”?

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(ii) Construction of gender is a major political concern in contemporary literature. Write a critical note with ref¬erence to either Gordimer or Marquez.
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Q. 3. (a) In Things Fall Apart, Achebe presents the ten¬sions and conflicts between traditional values and alien culture, the ‘private self and ‘public man’ and their attendant consequences in a pre-colonial society. Elaborate.

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(b) Okonkwo, the central character of Things Fall Apart, is the epitome of the complex cultural ambiguity of the Igbo people . Discuss.
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Q. 4. (a) In Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold, there in neither a historian nor an authoritative voice in the text: the concept of authority itself becomes enigmatic. Do you agree ? Give a reasoned answer,

(b) Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a parody of romance with ‘uncommon blending of fantasy, fable, and fact’. Com¬ment.
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