Caribbean Literature module (EN41035)

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Credits

30

Module code

EN41035

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 a a place void of culture, the Caribbean has produced many 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 representing 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, gender and womanism, sex and (homo)sexuality, and iconic Caribbean figures such as zombies, pirates and maroons.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of a variety of Caribbean literary and cultural history
  • Informed knowledge of Caribbean contributions to the English language and other literature

Assessment

  • Creative project 40%
  • Essay 60%