January 14, 2013

Week 3 Questions

For The Moonstone seminar please think about the following questions:

  • The objectivity and stability of categories of understanding and perceiving the world: think about the questions of truth and rationality that the text raises, both through its narrative technique and the subject position of different narrators, as well as in the context of nation and empire.
  • The potential for chaos through global circulation: what issues around circulation and connection does the novel raise both in national and global contexts?
  • "The discovery of the truth" and "the finding of the diamond" are two separate parts in the novel, thereby emphasising issues of "truth" and "possession" as separate concerns. Think about how these concerns run parallel/ interrelate in the text, and what value is given to each.

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