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Season of Migration to the North, book response
Due: Monday, December 9 at 4pm

Originally published in 1966, Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North is a work of postcolonial fiction that offers “deep insights into the complexities of life in a colonized place after the colonizers depart.” Salih’s unnamed narrator returns to his village in recently independent Sudan after studying in England and meets a newcomer, Mustafa Sa’eed, who is trying to put his own brilliant and terrible years in Britain behind him. The novel challenges the reader to consider the consequences of

colonialism by playing with the concepts of power, identity, and conquest between “North” and “South.” Salih’s novel is a

primary source for understanding the period of decolonization following World War II. It shows that the impact of colonization did not end when colonized people gained their political


For this assignment, please choose a passage or short paragraph
(2-4 sentences in total) that you think best captures the novel’s
message about the legacy of colonialism in newly-independent
nations. Underneath your selected passage, please write a short
(500 word minimum) explanation or reflection on why you

chose that passage and what you think the author is trying to
convey with this novel about colonialism and decolonization.

You must cite the page number of your passage, as well as any additional quotations you include in your reflection like this: “Passage or quotation here.” (Salih, 38.)

This assignment is worth 5% of your total grade. You will receive a 10/10 if it is completed satisfactorily, or a 0/10 if unsatisfactory. There will be no grades in between. A

satisfactory paper must demonstrate the following:

– Does the passage you have chosen demonstrate that you
have read the novel and thought about its meaning? Note: I

strongly suggest that you avoid choosing a passage from the first or last 5 pages of the novel. If you do, please make sure that your reflection clearly demonstrates that you have also read the middle of the novel!

– Does your explanation/reflection engage with the plot and
themes of the novel? Please do not merely summarize the

novel or use long, block quotations!

Is your reflection mostly free from major grammatical,
spelling, and punctuation errors? Have you run

spelling/grammar check?


Again: DO NOT JUST SUMMARIZE THE PLOT OF THE NOVEL. Please think critically about the novel’s themes and ideas. Ask me if you need any clarification.

You will submit this assignment on Blackboard using
software that detects plagiarism. You may read reviews of
the novel (see below) and even refer to them in your
reflection, but you MUST cite the review using the footnote


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