ENG 494A: Pulp Caribbean

Academic Year:
Fall 2013
Day and Time:
M, W 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

This course will examine the construction of the Caribbean as an other-world characterized by tropical climate and landscape, exotic and unpredictable people, and mysterious and occult cultural practices-- a perfect setting for the popular fiction genres of mystery, romance and suspense. Primary readings will include both texts that explore this other-world from the perspective of an (often hapless) outsider, and those focalized from an insider (that is, Caribbean-born) perspective. Class discussions and assignments will interrogate these categories and consider under what circumstances, and to what ends, the exotic is constructed and re-inscribed. Some secondary readings in Caribbean and postcolonial cultural theory, and popular fiction criticism, will be assigned. Weekly reader-response papers, one short (5-6pp) and one long (9-12 pp) critical paper will be required; other short exercises may also be assigned. Course prerequisite: Open only to juniors and seniors; non-English majors please contact Prof. Mordecai about enrolling.

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