In this course we read major works of Caribbean literature, comprising a
mixture of “canonical” and emerging authors. Lectures (rare) and discussions
(regular) will address central themes in Caribbean writing, as well as
issues of form and style (including the interplay between creoles and
European languages). Some of the themes that will preoccupy us are history
and its marks upon the Caribbean present; racial identity and ambiguity;
colonial and neo-colonial relationships among countries; gender and
sexuality. We will also discuss some theories of Caribbean culture and
identity by such authors as Walcott, Brathwaite, Benítez-Rojo, Chamoiseau,
Glissant and Wynter. Assignments will include an informal reading journal
and three major papers of varying lengths.
The course may be officially restricted to English majors, but any
interested student who encounters barriers to enrolment should email me.
PLEASE NOTE: in the course above I always try to divide the reading list
roughly evenly between the anglophone, francophone and hispanophone
Caribbean; hence my designation of "approx. Percentage of Latin American, Caribbean and/or Latino content: 33%