Caribbean Literature module (EN32037)

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Module code


  • Level 3
  • Semester 2
  • 24 places
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%


This module explores the literary cultures of the Caribbean. This collection of islands is often named the ‘crucible of modernity’ given its profound role in the origins of globalisation. Once derided as place void of culture, the Caribbean has produced a striking number of writers, musicians and artists of global significance.

You will analyse the key questions raised in the literature and culture of the Caribbean and its diasporas. You will explore poetry, prose, drama, film, art, and songs which represent fictional and non-fictional responses to a history of capitalism and slavery, revolution and resistance, colonisation and decolonisation, tourist economies and ecological emergency. You will analyse key cultural movements around race and creolisation, gender and womanism, sex and (homo)sexuality, as well as iconic Caribbean figures such as zombies, pirates and maroons.


Dr Michael Morris


  • Class presentation (15%)
  • Practical criticism (2,000 words) (35%)
  • Research essay (3,500 words) (50%)

Intended learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of a variety of Caribbean literary and cultural history
  • Informed knowledge of Caribbean contributions to English language and other literatures
  • Broader understanding of key literary movements and historical events as related to the Caribbean
  • A knowledge of historical and contemporary debates which connect the Caribbean to a global context