Oral Exam

Dear readers of my blog, I need a little bit of your help :D It is about my oral exam in my seminar. I will be asked about the literature of that seminar of course, but additionally, I can select a topic I wanted to talk about all the time and it doesn’t have to do anything with the seminar (note: My seminar is about the novels of Arun Joshi, an indian author). And, my professor told me that if it is possible, videos or lyrics of music artists and such could be taken as examples for a topic as well, of course if it fits. I have looked for 3 topics, and in one of them the usage of music would be possible as well. I don’t have to prepare a presentation, but I have to make a list of 4 novels that fit to that topic about which I want to talk about. Now, in those 3 topics I have several books, and some of those I have also read already. Here is the list.

1. Magic Realism:
• The Green Mile – Stephen King (US)
• Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison (US)
• Chocolat – Joanne Harris (UK)
• Luka and the Fire of Life – Salman Rushide (UK)
• Midnight Children – Salman Rushdie (UK)

2. Dystopian: How does Dystopian Literature reflect reality?

• Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (UK)
• Animal Farm – George Orwell(UK)
• Brave New World – Aldous Huxley(UK)
• A clockwork orange – Anthony Burgess (UK)
• Could Atlas – David Mitchell (UK)
• The Giver – Lois Lowry (US)
• Lord of the Flies – William Golding (UK)
• Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (UK)

3. Beat Generation: How has the Beat Generation influenced popular culture?

• On the Road – Jack Kerouac  (US)
• The Electric Kool-Acid Test – Tom Wolfe (US)
• One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey (US)
• A Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger (US)

I have the biggest selection in Dystopian, with one book I have already read, and a lot of books that are on my tbr list. There is also a book from magic realism that I have already read, but I think I won’t take magic realism, because I somehow think that my prof might be an expert in that area :D When it comes to Beat Generation, there is also a book that I have already read, and the others are on my tbr. Here, I don’t have a big selection, but this woud be a topic in which the music part woud fit in. I have also read about my prof, that he is not only specialized in contemporary, or rather, modern literature, but also in music as a kind of cultural and literary background. I think it would be cool to have an oral exam which also includes music, especially music from that time of the Beat Generation, since I love bands like The Doors (They told in an interview that they would not exist if they hadn’t read On the Road by Jack Kerouac) or the Beatles (it’s not Beetles, but Beatles, because it should refer to the Beat Generation). So, this aspect would be quite interesting, and it would be easy to connect music and novels in a question.

So, guys, I need your help! What topic would be best/most interesting for an oral exam? I would be happy to hear some opinions about that as soon as possible, since my exam is on the 24th of July and I would still have to read 3 books for each category.

Thanks for reading!



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