Final Examination: Non-Western Literature
What has been the impact of the West on non-Western Literature?
To answer this question comprehensively, consider the following:
- What were the three types of European territorial occupation studied?
- How did French and British interests shape the economic development of the countries
- In what way was a collaborative elite formed and what was the significance of their
adopting European dress and customs?
- How did this lead to a cultural exchange between Europe and the occupied territories?
- What resulted from this cultural exchange that was manifest in the educational processes
adopted within these countries?
- How did this affect the artistic expression of the host country nationals?
- What is the significance of the conflict of cultures that runs throughout each work?
- Does this conflict result in an identity crisis between the writer/character and the
changing world in which he or she lives?
- Inevitably, how does the writers/characters identification with the West
tend to undermine the traditional culture out of which he or she comes?
- Is there a reconciliation with Western values that each country seems to have
- Is this good or bad for the country undergoing the metamorphosis? For the
character/writer himself? How so?
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