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ENGL3300 TOBIN, MARY MWF 11::1 AM 0302

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Contemporary Caribbean Women Writers

Contemporary Caribbean Women Writers

This course, focusing on the novels of Jamaica Kincaid, Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, and Julia Alvarez, will explore what it means to be a woman in the Caribbean. In addition to reading scholarly articles, which will expand our knowledge of the history, economics, politics, and the social structure of these island nations, we will explore the issues that face Caribbean women. We will supplement our readings with documentary and narrative films to help us understand the complexity of the Caribbean, its cultural mix, its traumatic past, and its uncertain future.  


Assignments and Requirements:
-Ten Blog posts on elc (150-200 words) (20% of total grade)
-Two Take-Home Exams—short and long essays (20% of total grade)
-Proposal and bibliography for Research Paper (5%)
-Research Paper (approximately 3,500-5,000 words/ 10-12 pages) (30% of total grade). This can be a traditional library-based research paper, using the library’s electronic databases to access journal articles and scholarly books. Or this can be a creative project, incorporating information gathered in a variety ways, such as interviewing people or engaging in participant/observation activities.
-Three Presentations: present an assigned text to the class, present the proposal for the research project, and present materials from your research paper (15%)
-Class participation (10%) – prepared for class; active participation


More than three unexcused absences will lower a student’s grade by 10%. With more than six absences, students will be withdrawn from the course and assigned a grade of WP or WF.