ENGL362 - Caribbean Literature in English

Political and literary traditions that intersect in the fiction, poetry, and drama written in English by Caribbean writers, primarily during the 20th century.

This is a project based, "Global Classrooms Initiative" course. Sub-titled "Literature and Ideas in the Caribbean," this course is taught in coordination with Professor Isis Semaj-Hall at the Mona, Jamaica campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).   It makes use of online media to offer students the opportunity to share with peers at the University of the West Indies ideas related to Caribbean writing's exploration of themes such as migration, colonial haunting, and multivocality.  The two classes will communicate via Skype, Zoom, and other media, using various online platforms to exchange views and present ideas.   Texts include Edwidge Danticat's Dew-Breaker, Diana McCaulay's Dog-Heart, and David Chariandy's Soucouyant, all concerned with issues of migration and identity - in the Caribbean and its diaspora locations - Canada, the U.S.  The intention of the course is cross-cultural.  It offers the opportunity to interact with students studying and living in a Caribbean cultural environment, students who perhaps read and understand the texts from very different perspectives.  The course begins with students on both sides (University of the West Indies/Maryland) interviewing each other and learning in that way about each other's lives, environments, concerns.