ENGL362 - Caribbean Literature in English

In this 6-week intensive course, we will read and critique the work of fiction writers Julia Alvarez (Dominican Republic/U.S.A.), Edwidge Danticat (Haiti/U.S.A.), Diana McCaulay (Jamaica), Evelyne Troulliot (Haiti) and Fred D’Aguiar (Guyana).  Considering how the creative imagination stages Haiti, we will read the poem “Sometimes in the Middle of the Story” by Edward Baugh (Jamaica) and the calypso “Haiti, I’m Sorry”, by the calypsonian David Rudder  (Trinidad & Tobago).   In the final week of the course, we will read and critique Dog-heart, a novel by Jamaican writer Diana McCaulay. Your oral presentation will be on the novel Feeding the Ghosts or the poems “Names” by Derek Walcott and “Calypso”, by Edward Kamau Brathwaite.  Written by the Guyanese writer Fred D’Aguiar, Feeding the Ghosts invites consideration of how the creative imagination works with slavery and history.