English Women’s Writing in the 19th and 20th Century Previous Year Question Paper Year 2006 : IsTYear

Q. 1. Identify the lines in their context and comment critically on them :

(a) No, I’m not a soldier in your
history, I live in my own tale
With others I choose to wake me in the morning.

Or

Which could not beat so in the verse without
Being present also in the unkissed lips,
And eyes undried because there’s none to ask
The reason they grow moist.

(b) John laughs at me. of course, but one expects that in marriage.

Or

After she began to sing in Chicago, she was consistently discreet. She stayed as a guest in rich people’s houses and she knew that she was being watched like a rabbit in a laboratory. Covered up in bed, with the lights out, she thought her own thoughts, and laughed.

(c) I’m pore, I’m black, I may be ugly and can’t cook….but I’m here.

Or

She says, All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my brothers. I had to fight my cousins and my uncles. A girl child ain’t safe in a family of men. But I never thought I’d have to fight in my own house.
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Q. 2. (a) What according to Woolf have been the obstacles [ to women’s creativity ? Discuss with reference to the extracts of A Room of One’s own prescribed in your course.

Or

Discuss Freud’s views on female sexuality and feminist read¬ings of the same.

(b) Write a brief note on the correlation between Gender and Genre.

Or

Representation of Lesbianism in the texts, prescribed in your course.
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Q. 3. In what way does Doris Lessing attempt to redefine woman as both subject and author in The Golden Notebook ? Elabo¬rate.

Or

Anna’s descent into madness is as much a breakdown as break-through. Discuss with reference to The Golden Notebook.
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Q. 4. Harriet Jacobs presents a gendered analysis of the system of slavery. Discuss with reference to Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

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Rasasundari Devi refers to herself as a ‘caged bird’ in her autobiography. Would that be a correct appraisal of her situation ? Discuss.
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