Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4790 LOWE, JOHN TR 12:30 PM 0250


English 4790

CircumCaribbean Literature

This course will examine the fascinating literature (including novels, plays, stories, and poems) that has been generated by writers of the wider Caribbean basin, including the islands, but also the shores of Mexico, Central America, Latin America, and the coastal U.S. South.  Employing diasporan and transnational approaches, we will consider historical novels, magical realism, immigrant literature, plantation narratives, and in particular, writing that focuses on the conundrums of race, sexuality, and colonialism.  While we shall read books originally written in Spanish and French, all texts will be in English.  Authors will include George Washington Cable, Victor Séjour, Claude McKay, Lafcadio Hearn, Alejo Carpentier, Jacques Roumain, Madison Smartt Bell, Nilo Cruz, Cristina García, Edwidge Danticat, and Junot Diaz.




Frequent reading quizzes; two paper (one involving research); midterm and final examinations.