Spring 2009

Introduction to Anglophone Caribbean Literature: 1950 to the Present

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-36


Carol Y. Bailey (Section 01)


This course examines creative writings from and about the West Indies written since 1950. Taking into account the context of production, we will read short fiction, a few novels, poetry and drama by canonical figures such as Kamau Brathwaite, George Lamming, V. S. Naipaul, and Derek Walcott. Our selection also includes texts by other well-known Caribbean writers such as Lorna Goodison, Olive Senior, Jamaica Kincaid and Trevor Rhone, and a few works by new writers such as Paulette Ramsay and Oonya Kempadoo. We will pay attention to thematic and stylistic synergies and divergences among writers, note the perspectives of women writers, and observe the nuances in the works of individual writers. We will consider how different writers represent West Indian experiences, particularly those related to issues of race, class, history and gender relationships. Together, we will ask how postcolonial conditions impact and might be impacted by the works we study. In addition to creative works, we will engage critically with selected scholarly articles on specific themes, stylistic trends, and writers. Offered once Spring semester. Visiting Lecturer Bailey.