LOYOLA COLLEGE (AUTONOMOUS), CHENNAI – 600 034
B.A. DEGREE EXAMINATION – ENGLISH LITERATURE
FIFTH SEMESTER – NOVEMBER 2012
EL 5403 – TRANSITIONAL LITERATURE
Date : 10/11/2012 Dept. No. Max. : 100 Marks
Time : 9:00 – 12:00
Annotate and interpret EIGHT of the following in 60 words each: (8×3=24)
- My heart beats
And drums, throbs like water-pump.
- For that, what is a jewel to pigs?
- But standing behind a tree
with leaves around her waist
she only smiled with a shake of her head.
- I replied looking straight ahead
And secretly smiling at his belated concern
That I had not, but was slimming!
- The fox is said to be wise
So cunning that he stalks and dines on
- Their customs are solid and not hollow
They are not thin, not easily breakable
- She resembles the wild cat
That has dipped its mouth in blood
- Is it right that a man should abandon his mother tongue for someone else’s?
It looks like a dreadful betrayal and produces- a guilty feeling.
- “ …was made to carry a metal plate around the neck with inscriptions such as “I AM STUPID” or “I AM A DONKEY”
- Answer any SIX of the following in 200 words each: (6×6=36)
- Discuss the ‘highly delicate diplomatic functions’ performed by the nation builders.
- Consider The Lion and the Jewel as an attack on out-dated customs.
- Evaluate the effect of The Mystic Drum.
- Examine the style of Voices of Transition.
- Do you agree that “Certain winds from the South” expresses a nihilistic longing for the end of the
world, where there would be neither sweetness nor bitterness?
- Discuss the conflict between the tradition and modernity in Bessie Head’s Snapshots of a Wedding.
- Enumerate the aspects of language, as identified by Ngugi Wa Thiongo.
- Analyze the Eurocentric vision of Lawino’s husband.
III. Answer any FOUR of the following in 350 words each: (4×10=40)
- Consider the various techniques featured in The Lion and the Jewel.
- Evaluate the unique African features revealed by some of the poems prescribed for your study.
- Show how Ngugi wa Thiongo succeeds in driving home the message that writing in one’s own
language is important.
- How does The Song of Lawino become a manifesto for the voiceless?
- Discuss the oral tradition of Africa as mirrored by Chinua Achebe in Things Fall Apart.
- Examine how Ama Ata Aidoo and Bessie Head portray the feminine feelings in their short stories.
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