Formative Essay Titles
In addition to the summative assignment that you may be REQUIRED to submit for this module, you have the OPTION to write a formative assignment from the list of questions given below. Please note that formative assignments are for training purposes only and do not count as part of your final degree classification.
We strongly recommend that you submit a formative assignment as it will enable you to hone the skills developed in this module and to prepare for your summative assessment(s).
You may, If you wish, discuss the same text/thinker in a summative assignment as you have discussed in a piece of formative assignment, but you must not reproduce in part or whole any of your formative assignment in your summative assignment.
If you wish to write a formative essay, please choose one of the following questions and submit a 1,500 word essay to me on Week 8. I will mark it and return it to you by the end of the term:
1). With particular reference to Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal and Fanon's Peau noire, masques blancs, examine the ways in which négritude represented a ‘cure’ for the alienation engendered by the colonial policy of assimilation.
2). Explore the significance of the epigraph chosen by Condé for Victoire, les saveurs et les mots: ‘Il devient indifférent que je me souvienne, que j’emprunte ou que j’imagine’ (Bernard Pingaud). In what ways is it particularly relevant within an Antillean context?
3). Outline the ways in which Chamoiseau’s L'Esclave vieil homme et le molosse can be seen as a 'Creole' novel, despite not being written in the Creole language.
4). Analyse the way in which Daniel Maximin's narrators in L'Île et une nuit explore Caribbean culture from Guadeloupe and beyond. What are the reasons behind this exploration?