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Caribbean Poetry and Cinema: "Fields of Islands" in an Open Sea

ENGL 274
Spring 2017 not offered
Certificates: Civic Engagement

It is a longstanding colonial trope to render the Caribbean as a space outside of time, outside of history, perpetually under the sun, and were it not for machetes, filled with redundantly bursting vegetation. This course will present an array of 20th-century Caribbean poetry and films that challenge this image. We will consider literary and cinematic texts that envision embodiment within alternative, aesthetic temporalities. In particular, we will consider Caribbean poetry and cinema that present radical images of the Caribbean as a "field of islands" in an open, relational sea. And we will investigate the way these texts make use of the figures of sea and plantation and of historical images of slavery, uprising, escape, revolution, and apocalypse. In addition, we will consider the way these texts respond to discourses of nationalism and "underdevelopment."
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)

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