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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2007

E 397N • 20th-Cent. Caribbean Women Writers

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35045 MW
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
CAL 323

Course Description

In this survey, we will explore not only the historical developments in twentieth-century Caribbean women's writing, but also the spectrum of intellectual and political changes represented by this body of work. Issues of particular interest will include the intersection of race, gender, and place in identity construction; women writers--creative yet no less politicized interventions in key regional artistic and political movements, and the figure of the traveling intellectual in late twentieth-century fiction. How does relocation to the Metropole impact one's experience and articulation of racialized gender identities? What constitutes "theory" or a viable "manifesto"? What is the nature and relevance of intellectual work--and intellectuals--situated outside the academy? Secondary readings may include texts by A. James Arnold, Carole Boyce Davies, Maryse Condé, Frantz Fanon, Vera M. Kutzinski, and Paulette Nardal.


Proposed Texts

Julia Alvarez, In the Time of the Butterflies

Mayotte Capécia, I Am a Martinican Woman

Michelle Cliff, Abeng

Merle Collins, Angel

Maryse Condé, Heremakhanon

Edwidge Danticat, The Farming of Bones

Rosario Ferré, The House on the Lagoon

Cristina Garcëa, Monkey Hunting

Merle Hodges, Crick Crack, Monkey

Jamaica Kincaid, The Autobiography of My Mother

Paule Marshall, Chosen Place, Timeless People

Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea


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