Postcolonial Theory on The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Tempest Acts I and II Literary Analysis

1. Select one of the themes of postcolonial theory that you would like to explore. This will be the lens through which you look at the literature. You’ll find a list in the postcolonial theory lecture. If you would like to focus on a theme outside of that list, double-check with me first.

2. Describe how the lens fits into postcolonial theory and explain why it’s a promising choice for the literature. What ideas can be included in that lens? Why is it a worthwhile lens for discussing these particular stories?

3. Apply that lens to The Epic of Gilgamesh and Acts I and II of The Tempest. How does the theme function within these stories? What tensions and insights arise? Are there valuable similarities and differences between how the theme is represented in these two works? Remember that the ultimate goal of a postcolonial literary analysis is to use the literature as a means to make a broader point about the theme, a point that goes beyond the pages of the stories. Ultimately, the analysis should answer this question: What does the literature teach us about how (your chosen theme) works?

1. Select one of the themes of postcolonial theory that you would like to explore. This will be the lens through which you look at the literature. You’ll find a list in the postcolonial theory lecture. If you would like to focus on a theme outside of that list, double-check with me first.

2. Describe how the lens fits into postcolonial theory and explain why it’s a promising choice for the literature. What ideas can be included in that lens? Why is it a worthwhile lens for discussing these particular stories?

3. Apply that lens to The Epic of Gilgamesh and Acts I and II of The Tempest. How does the theme function within these stories? What tensions and insights arise? Are there valuable similarities and differences between how the theme is represented in these two works? Remember that the ultimate goal of a postcolonial literary analysis is to use the literature as a means to make a broader point about the theme, a point that goes beyond the pages of the stories. Ultimately, the analysis should answer this question: What does the literature teach us about how (your chosen theme) works?