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Spring 2015-2016
* AAS 320 / ENG 363 / AMS 384 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Islands In The Sun: Caribbean Literature

Tao L. Goffe

From the "Chigro" henchmen of James Bond's Jamaica to Edwidge Danticat and Junot Diaz's Haitian, Dominican Caribbean collusion, to the ethics of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and offshore banking, this seminar explores the islands through their literature, films, photography, and the music of Mighty Sparrow and Bob Marley. More than simply a vacation paradise, at the center of the Caribbean is the legacy of European colonialism, African enslavement, and Indian and Chinese indenture. Students will produce a seminar soundtrack, selecting relevant songs each week, which will be mixed into a collective track as part of the final.

Sample reading list:
Ian Fleming, Dr. No
Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Aimé Cesaire, A Tempest
Lisa Lowe, "The Intimacies of Four Continents"
Kerry Young, Pao
Edwidge Danticat, Krik? Krak!
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 200 pages of reading per week. Short writing assignments, final research paper, Caribbean Soundtrack project in which students will produce a collective mixtape.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43582 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:8 Limit:15 Closed