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Literary Forms & Devices in Non-Western Literature - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides a high-level overview of common literary forms and devices that you'll come across in non-Western literature. This chapter explores techniques and devices used in novels, short stories, graphic novels, folktales, poetry, and myths. To help you reinforce your understanding of these concepts, we've included short lesson quizzes and a chapter exam. If you have any questions about these concepts, you can submit them to our instructors online at any time. When you're finished, you should be able to:
- Identify and explain the purpose of symbolism, metaphor, irony, , imagery, and foreshadowing in novels
- Summarize the purpose and value of folktales to non-Western cultures
- Explain the cultural importance of legends, myths, and creation stories
- Discuss the form of short stories and how they can be used to convey the morals of a culture
- Analyze how non-Western writers incorporate themes into their work to comment on or critique their culture
1. Literary Techniques in The Kite Runner
'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini is a coming-of-age story about Amir, a boy who betrays his best friend, Hassan. In this lesson, we'll look at the literary devices used in the book.
2. Literary Devices in Things Fall Apart
Literary devices are the tools authors use to help their story. They can help in many different ways. In this lesson we'll look at the literary devices Chinua Achebe uses in ''Things Fall Apart.''
3. Folktales in Things Fall Apart
Folktales are woven into the narrative of 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe. These stories, in which animals figure prominently, serve as a way to pass on folklore and wisdom to the younger generation of the Umuofia clan.
4. Poetic Devices in Africa by David Diop
David Diop's Africa has remained a staple of colonial and postcolonial studies for its approach to the decolonization of Africa. Let's take a closer look at this poem and see how Diop made it so evocative.
5. Chinese Legends & Myths
This lesson will introduce you to some of China's most popular legends and myths, including the creation story of the world, powerful deities, dragons, immortals and how souls are judged in the underworld.
6. Analects of Confucius: Summary, Analysis & Explanation
The ''Analects of Confucius'' are somewhat analogous to the gospels of the Bible because they were written by disciples of a moral teacher after his death, to carry on his teachings. This lesson explains more about this collection of ancient writing.
7. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima: Summary & Analysis
The concepts of love and loyalty can mean various things to different people in different cultures. In this lesson we will learn about the short story, ''Patriotism'' by Yukio Mishima, and analyze what those words mean to the main characters.
8. Haruki Murakami: Books & Short Stories
First inspired at a baseball game, Haruki Murakami's writing career has spanned nearly 40 years: so far! In this lesson, we'll take a look at this author's books and short stories, with a novella thrown in for good measure.
9. The Tradition of Sanskrit Literature
Despite not being native to India, Sanskrit has had an enormous impact on Indian cultural life. This lesson explains both the history of Sanskrit's arrival in India as well as the role its writings played in religious life.
10. Wild Thorns by Sahar Khalifeh: Summary, Themes & Analysis
''Wild Thorns'' by Sahar Khalifeh tackles the complex subject of Israeli occupation of the West Bank. In this lesson, we'll go over the plot and characters and analyze some of the novel's major themes.
11. Persepolis: Book Summary, Themes & Analysis
Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel 'Persepolis' gives a visual account of a young woman coming of age in Iran. In this lesson, we'll go over the plot, characters, and major themes.
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