ENGL368C - Caribbean Stop: Poetry and Short Stories from the Region

This is a project-based course.  If you are interested in teaching and want experience working with grade school students, this is the class for you.  If you want an opportunity to learn to play at least one tune on the Caribbean steelpan, and can add an hour or two per week outside of scheduled class time, this is also the course for you.  You will work in the classroom and with Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFÉ), a community group in Prince George’s Community, on a project aimed at developing a “global tour” to give young people an understanding of the literature and culture of various parts of the world.  This course is designed as the community group’s “Caribbean Stop” on its global tour.  You will work alternatively in the classroom and at the CAFÉ location in Mt. Rainier, Md.   In the classroom, you will be introduced to selected Caribbean poems, plays and short stories.   At CAFÉ, you will assist young people with homework and, having established a relationship, design a program to teach the youth some of what you are learning of Caribbean literature. During the course, in online and face-to-face discussions, you will continually assess what you are learning and how successfully you are able to communicate with young people in grade school.  This class offers an opportunity both to be introduced to Caribbean literature in the classroom and to enhance your understanding by teaching young people in a community organization.  In the classroom, you will be introduced to more than you need for teaching the youth.  You will discuss contexts for the emergence and development of Caribbean literature, focusing on issues such as use of language and the colonial influence on development of the region's literature.


Writers to be studied include Edwidge Danticat, Nicolás Guillén, Earl Lovelace and Paule Marshall

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.


One course in English or Latin American Studies