TASK SHEET 2
“Beyond Caliban’s Curses: The Decolonial Feminist Literacy of Sycorax”
by Irene Lara
1. Lara claims her “aim is to make Sycorax’s absence present” (81). Explain what she means by this claim, and cite a quotation from the article to support your explanation.
a. paraphrase (1 mark):
b. quotation (1 mark):
2. Lara aligns her reading practice with a “decolonial feminist practice . . . of listening to the silences” (84). She then analyses Prospero’s description of Sycorax, which Lara claims “betrays Prospero’s anxiety” (84).
a. Quote the section from Lara that identifies the source of Prospero’s anxiety about Sycorax (1 mark)
b. Paraphrase Lara’s argument about why Prospero is anxious about Sycorax (1 mark).
3. What does Lara mean when she says, “Prospero’s success in colonizing the land depends on also taking Sycorax” (85)? (1 mark)
a. Quote a section from Lara to support your answer (1 mark):
4. Lara states, “if Prospero and Miranda teach Caliban language that oppresses him, they also teach him to distrust, fear, and/or reject the foul tongues of Sycorax” (85).
a. What does Lara claim this fright destroys? (1 mark):
b. Quote a section from Lara to support your answer (1 mark)
5. Lara claims that “making Sycorax visible . . . can potentially lead to more holistic social transformation...