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The following topics are some of the possibilities for brief contextual presentations (5-10 minutes) in Term 2, keyed to each week’s reading. (Note: please focus your presentation on only one of the topics listed under the weekly heading.) Feel free to suggest alternatives to your tutor if you wish. You should submit your presentation outline (in the form of structured notes, listing sources for your research) to your tutor directly after your presentation.

Week 1 (Tagore):

Bengal Renaissance
Second Swadeshi Movement
Gandhi and the Indian National Congress

Week 2 (Kafka and Lu Xun):

Modern allegory
Yiddish theatre
May Fourth Movement

Week 3 (Apollinaire, Eliot):

Anglo-American modernism
“Tradition and the Individual Talent”

Week 4 (Porter):

Literary stream of consciousness
Freud, Interpretation of Dreams
1918 influenza pandemic

Week 5 (Brecht):

Epic theatre
C17 Thirty Years’ War/1914-1945

Week 7 (Beckett):

Theatre of the absurd
The Cold War in the 1950s

Week 8 (Lispector):

Brazilian modernism
Nordeste region of Brazil
uneven and combined development

Week 9 (Césaire, O’Hara, Bishop, Brathwaite):

Sartre, “Black Orpheus”
New York School of poets
“Nation language”

Week 10 (Cliff):

Post-independence Jamaica
Black feminism
Tourism and uneven development