Postcolonial Literary Project
Each group will be assigned a topic and present their findings to the class as a PowerPoint Presentation covering the areas described below. (If you would like to propose another presentation format, see me).
I. Historical Framework (60 pts):
(A) Your group will research and put together a body of information tracing the actions of the European Colonial Powers beginning from the 15th Century to the present. This will include identifying where these powers went and which territories they seized/occupied.
(B) You will show the progressive evolution of the occupation by the colonial power(s) up to the present. When did the occupation/presence end? Did the colonizers peacefully relinquish their hold on (or rights to) these territories? Did the colonized revolt?
For this part, consider constructing timelines, using maps, etc., to consolidate material.
II. The effects or aftermath of colonization on colonized territories (40 pts.):
For this part, you may want to identify particular areas of interest or concern, rather than trying to account for all of the effects in your region.
III. Post Colonial Echoes in Literature and the Arts (80 pts.)
IV. Conclusion (20 pts.): Do a general summation of your findings, your thoughts on the impact of European Colonialism on native peoples, their cultures, etc. What new insights did you gain on YOUR WORLD from this exercise?
These are the areas for research (there are different opinions about how countries and regions should be categorized):
2.South Asia (Primarily India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, but consider (possibly) Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and/or Afghanistan.
3.East and Southeast Asia
4.South and Central America
5.The Middle East (Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Libya, and Sudan)
How to proceed: