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Withdrawn Module: Caribbean Literature (AM203)

Caribbean LiteraturePlease note that this module was available
until 2010, but has since been
withdrawn and is no longer available.

Tutor: Professor Gad Heuman

The aim of this undergraduate second-year option module is to introduce students to a selection of works from the Anglophone Caribbean and to illustrate how their innovative nature challenges traditional assumptions about the canon of English literature. The theoretical framework of the module will be informed by the key concepts of literary post-colonialism. Students will have the opportunity to explore the complex interactions of literature and language, and will be encouraged to reflect on how fictional writing can provide an alternative perspective on matters such as history, culture, race and national identity.

A range of literary texts – novels, short stories and poetry – will be used to exemplify the richness and diversity of writing from the Anglophone Caribbean. The module will focus on key thematic concerns (such as exile, alienation or sexuality) with the aim to demonstrate how the use of language and form can both subvert and redefine many of the negative cultural assumptions that underpinned colonialism.