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

Spring 2005

E 314V • Caribbean Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31400 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
PAR 102

Course Description


This course will introduce students to the diversity and richness of the Americas through the unique lens of Caribbean literature, history, and culture. With the recent awards of the Nobel Prize for literature to two prominent Caribbean writers (Derek Walcott and V.S. Naipaul), Caribbean literature has enjoyed a new prominence in literary studies. This course will focus on the importance of the Caribbean as a site of cultural fusion in the Americas and will address such issues as Colonialism and its aftermath, gender, race, class, and migration as they appear in this body of the literature.

Grading Policy

In-class assignments, attendance, and participation 10%
Reading quizzes and tests 10%
Blogging Component 10%
Three critical response papers 10%
Oral group presentation and handout 10%
Midterm critical essay 20%
Final critical essay 30%


Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place
Paule Marshall, The Chosen Place, The Timeless People
V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr. Biswas
Jacques Roumain, Masters of the Dew
Samuel Selvon, The Lonely Londoners
Esmeralda Santiago, When I was Puerto Rican
Ian McDonald & Stewart Brown, The Heinemann Book of Caribbean Poetry
The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature by Alison Donnell and Sarah Lawson Welsh

Films: Life and Debt, Sugar Cane Alley


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