ENMTCC-Caribbean narratives

Module Provider: English Literature
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Alison Donnell

Email: a.j.donnell@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module examines a significant body of literature produced by Anglophone Caribbean writers across the twentieth century. A wide range of texts will be read addressing their creative engagement with the colonial legacy, literature’s role in forging new national identities and the Caribbean’s continued transformation of the English language. Giving consideration to the way in which the region is often theorised as a utopia space of resistance, cultural flux and syncretism on the one hand, and as a regressive, homophobic ‘small’ place on the other, we will also read contemporary texts that engage with issues of ethnicity, gender, sexuality and diasporic identities.

-to provide students with detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of Anglophone Caribbean narratives, with attention to the intersecting paradigms of national, postcolonial and diasporic cultures

-to provide students with detailed knowledge and understanding of a number of critical theorists and cultural historians in relation to the question of cultural pluralism and multiculturalism in post-war Britain.

-to encourage students to analyse and interrogate their own and others’ critical methodologies.

Assessable learning outcomes:
-employ skills of textual analysis to demonstrate understanding of the materials they have studied
-identify and engage critically with a number of different critical and theoretical models relating to Anglophone Caribbean narratives
-evaluate and interrogate some of the ways in which the selected primary texts express and respond to social, cultural and historical contexts
-construct and articulate coherent critical arguments in writing

Additional outcomes:
The module will encourage students to: develop their oral communication skills through discussions in seminars; think critically both within and across disciplines; to interrogate their own assumptions and arguments, and those of others, including their peers and seminar-leaders.

Outline content:
This module will examine the role of Anglophone Caribbean literary works in redressing the colonial perspectives of history, place, language and identity. To this end, its theoretical framework will draw upon many of the key concepts of literary post-colonialism. A wide range of literary works will be examined, supplemented by audio and DVD material to offer a wider cultural context. Focusing on the themes of history, nation, language, gender, sexuality, creolization and diaspora, we will read narratives from throughout the twentieth century by writers such as Una Marson, C.L.R. James, George Lamming, Kamau Brathwaite, Derek Walcott, Jamaica Kincaid, Michelle Cliff, Shani Mootoo and Ramabai Espinet

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module consists of eleven weekly seminars, each two hours in length. Each seminar will involve discussion of texts or special materials that have been set and prepared in advance. The module teacher will also be available for consultation with students on a one-to-one basis to discuss their work and the progress of the module as a whole.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 22
Project Supervision 1
Guided independent study: 177
Total hours by term 18
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
Not applicable.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Aside from the set readings and questions for discussion, students must submit a 4000-word essay on a topic of their choice, in which they will respond to and develop upon an aspect of the material covered in the seminars. The specific title will be determined by the student in consultation with the module convenor.

Formative assessment methods:
Presentations with feedback.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of coursework.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 29 October 2019


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