Seminar #6: (PART 1) Chocolat and (PART 2) Nervous Conditions
HUM 211 MIC/WIC - Fall 2007 - Prof. Cora Agatucci

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To earn full points for this assignment, you must prepare in advance informal written prep., following the directions below for all Parts; and be in class on the day of the scheduled seminar to participate in seminar discussion & group reports.  Please label the first page of your Seminar prep with the MLA style heading & label 2nd+ pages with MLA style running page headers.

Seminar #6 Written Preparation: Choose one topic from Part 1 and one topic from Part 2.
In doing so, use and cite relevant HUM 211 course resources!

Part 1. Chocolat
Relevant HUM 211 course resources:
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5.2  Chocolat Film Guide & Resources (partial) HANDOUT & (complete) ONLINE version:
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/hum211/CoursePack/Chocolat.htm

Directions:
Prepare written notes and cite well-selected examples from the film and relevant HUM 211 course resources on one of the following topics:
bullet Analyze the film's narrative structure (see Chocolat handout)
bullet Analyze one or more key characters of the film
bullet Analyze key relationships among two or more characters of the film
bullet Identify and analyze one or more key plot events and/or the (dual) climax/es of the past story
bullet Analyze the endings of the film's past story and present story
bullet Identify and explain one or more key themes of the film
bullet Critics have commented on the autobiographical elements that filmmaker Claire Denis has invested in Chocolat, and asserted the importance of Denis'  "perspective" as "a female ex-coloniser" (Sandars; see Chocolat handout). What message/s does "female ex-coloniser" Claire Denis seem to be conveying about the experience of both colonized and colonizer through her film Chocolat
bullet Identify and analyze other aspect/s of the film that you consider significant to understanding Chocolat.

Please use the partial paper handout and the complete online handout Chocolat Film Guide & Resources, including embedded links to Yahnke's "Film Summary: Chocolat . . . ," to help you prepare notes and cite specific examples relevant to your chosen topic.

Part 2. Nervous Conditions
Relevant HUM 211 course resources:
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5.3 Tsitsi Dangarembga & Nervous Conditions Reading Guide HANDOUT & ONLINE:
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/hum211/CoursePack/dangarembga.htm

Directions:
Prepare written notes and cite well-selected examples from the the novel and relevant HUM 211 course resources on one of the following topics:
bullet In Nervous Conditions, Dangarembga employed the genre of the bildungsroman, a German term meaning a novel or story of formation, focusing on "the development of the protagonist's mind and character, in the passage from childhood through varied experiences--and often through a spiritual [or psychological] crisis--into maturity and the recognition of his or her identity and role in the world" (Abrams 132).  Identify and discuss at least two key events or passages in the novel important to  the development of character-narrator Tabudzai - AKA Tambu.
bullet Identify and analyze one or two key conflicts dramatized in the novel.
bullet Use the Wilkinson interview with Dangarembga, as well as relevant evidence from the novel itself, to explain how you think Tsitsi Dangarembga views her purpose and role as an African storyteller. Also comment on how your interpretation of Dangarembga's view compares to that of Chinua Achebe?
bullet Analyze one or more key characters of the novel
bullet Analyze key relationships among two or more characters of the novel
bullet Analyze the ending of the novel by responding to questions posed in item #37 of the Tsitsi Dangarembga & Nervous Conditions Reading Guide
bullet After you've finished reading the novel, identify and discuss what you interpret to be major theme(s) of Nervous Conditions.  Also comment on whether the novel's "Title & Epigraph," addressed in Tsitsi Dangarembga & Nervous Conditions Reading Guide, seem appropriate and aid in understanding the novel's theme/s or message/s. 
bullet Explain how understanding an African work like Nervous Conditions can be enhanced by studying its contexts - e.g. by learning more about author and/or culture. Cite specific background information provided in Tsitsi Dangarembga & Nervous Conditions Reading Guide, useful in your own study of the novel.
bullet Identify and analyze other aspect/s of the novel that you consider significant to understanding Nervous Conditions

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