Discuss the different artistic styles from the late 19th century to Modern period.

Essays (2-3 pages) should have a proper focus and demonstrate your knowledge and analysis of the material.

  • Answer both of the following questions: (7 points each)

 A Discuss the particularities of narrative technique and narrative voice in Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, Heart of Darkness and Season of Migration to the North. In what ways do these narrative techniques provide an analytical lens to read each novel? In what ways do Wide Sargasso Sea and Season of Migration to the North write back to their respective novels by utilizing alternative narrative techniques and other literary devices?

 B – The dedication page on the blank notebook by Mustafa Saeed a major character in the novel, Season of Migration to the North had the following words:

To those who see with one eye, speak with one tongue and see things as either black or white, either Eastern or Western

In what ways is does quote relate to the colonial notions of fixed identity? In what ways do the characters of Marlow, in the Heart of Darkness, and the narrator in Season of Migration to the North, as well as Antoinette in the Wide Sargasso Sea find themselves in-between this duality.

  • Choose one of the following questions to answer: 6 points

A – Discuss the ways in which, Gustave Flaubert’s, Flaubert in Egypt, represent the perception of the “East” or the “Orient” by the European intellectuals of the 19th century.

How can we compare Flaubert’s textual work with Gerome’s visual representation of the Orient as an imaginary space, in his painting, The Snake Charmer?

Jean-Leon Gerome’s painting, The Snake Charmer (1870)

B Discuss the different artistic styles from the late 19th century to Modern period as represented in the following art works. What do each of these works and the artistic styles of Realism, Impressionism, Post- Impressionism and Cubism tell us about the shifting trends of the period?

Gustave Courbet, The Stone Breakers 1849 

Claude Monet (Impression, Sunrise), 1872

Vincent Van Gogh, The Starry Night 1889

Pablo Picasso – Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907

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