AAS 384 - Caribbean Literature
Section: 001 Caribbean Women Writers
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 202.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces students to the literary works of 20th and 21st-century women fiction writers and poets of the Anglophone Caribbean, focusing on the literature of Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados, Antigua, and diasporic Caribbean communities in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Novels, short stories, and poems are accompanied by essays and other works that examine feminism and intersectional theories of gender, race, class, and sexuality in the contemporary Caribbean.

Course themes include gender roles in plantation slavery; parent-child relationships; poverty and economic dependency on tourism; women in folklore and myth; racialized perceptions of beauty; and sexuality and the state. We read works by canonical postcolonial Caribbean writers like Jamaica Kincaid and the poet Lorna Goodison, as well as writing by newer voices like Nalo Hopkinson, Shani Mootoo, and Roxane Gay. The major goal of the course is to think through how race, gender, sexuality, religion, and class intersect in the context of Caribbean multiple migrations, cultural creolization, and globalization.

Required Texts:

Ayiti by Roxane Gay

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé

Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

Small Island by Andrea Levy

Valmiki’s Daughter by Shani Mootoo

Supplying Salt and Light by Lorna Goodison

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Course Requirements:

Requirements include three response papers, a final paper, and a group presentation.

AAS 384 - Caribbean Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0813927676
I, Tituba, black witch of Salem, Author: Maryse Conde ; translated by Richard Philcox ; foreword by Angela Y. Davis ; afterword by Ann Armstrong Scarboro., Publisher: University Of Virginia Press 1st pbk. e 2009
ISBN: 0312429525
Small island, Author: Andrea Levy., Publisher: Picador 2nd Picado 2010
ISBN: 1631492942
Here Comes the Sun: A Novel, Author: Dennis-Benn, Nicole, Publisher: Liveright 2017
ISBN: 1616953497
The farming of bones : a novel, Author: Edwidge Danticat. 15th Anniv 2013
ISBN: 0006485952
The swinging bridge, Author: Ramabai Espinet., Publisher: HarperPerennialCanada Pbk.ed. 2003
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