Histories of the Caribbean: New Questions, Methods, and Vantage Points|
Fall 2021 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Caribbean Studies Minor|
This course explores some of the most exciting new trends in historical scholarship on the Caribbean. We will consider how recent scholars of the Caribbean have turned a critical eye to existing methods and reimagined "archives" as they have crafted new stories about gender, sexuality, race, the environment, and the rise of modern capitalism. In this way, we will question how these new directions in Caribbean studies have reshaped the study of history more generally. We will use a wide geographic lens in order to gain an expansive vision of the circuits of the Greater Caribbean, stretching from Antigua, Guadeloupe, Barbados, Martinique, Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Haiti into the wider Atlantic world.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)(LAST)
Course readings will include selections from the following titles (final list of readings to follow):
Julius Scott, THE COMMON WIND: AFRO-AMERICAN CURRENTS IN THE AGE OF THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION (Verso Press, 2018)
Marisa J. Fuentes, DISPOSSESSED LIVES: ENSLAVED WOMEN, VIOLENCE, AND THE ARCHIVE (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)
Natasha Lightfoot, TROUBLING FREEDOM: ANTIGUA AND THE AFTERMATH OF BRITISH EMANCIPATION (Duke University Press, 2015)
Aisha K. Finch, RETHINKING SLAVE REBELLION IN CUBA, LA ESCALERA AND THE INSURGENCIES OF 1841-1844 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)
Sasha Turner, CONTESTED BODIES: PREGNANCY, CHILDREARING, AND SLAVERY IN JAMAICA (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)
Yarimar Bonilla, NON-SOVEREIGN FUTURES: FRENCH CARIBBEAN POLITICS IN THE WAKE OF DISENCHANTMENT (University of Chicago Press, 2015).
Stuart B. Schwartz, SEA OF STORMS: A HISTORY OF HURRICANES IN THE GREATER CARIBBEAN FROM COLUMBUS TO KATRINA (Princeton University Press, 2015)
Marisol LeBrón, POLICING LIFE AND DEATH: RACE, VIOLENCE, AND RESISTANCE IN PUERTO RICO (University of California Press, 2019)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Major assignments include participation, two short papers (3-5 pages), a final paper proposal (1 page), and a final paper requiring additional research (8-10 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students will write weekly reactions to assigned readings, to be graded for completion rather than content. These papers are intended to give students an opportunity to assemble their thoughts and questions before class.
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