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English: Caribbean Literature

ENGS 096 WQ6 (CRN: 15296)

2 Credit Hours

About ENGS 096 WQ6

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. May be repeated for credit with different content.


Winter Session Online Course: 12/26/16 - 1/13/17; Open to both CDE and Degree students; This course may or may not fulfill degree requirements for UVM students. Please consult with your Dean's Office if you have any questions about applicability of winter session courses toward graduation requirements

Section Description

The years following independence from Britain in the 1960s saw an explosion of exciting writing coming from the English-speaking nations of the Caribbean. Many writers turned to West Indian folk culture while others looked to African roots or even used conventional Western forms to express Caribbean concerns of race, identity, sexism, and colonialism. In this course we will read works by Paule Marshall and Frank Collymore of Barbados, Jamaica Kincaid from Antigua, Jean Rhys of Dominica, Michelle Cliff and Lorna Goodison of Jamaica, Nobel-prize-winning poet Derek Walcott from Saint Lucia, Merle Hodge and Earl Lovelace of Trinidad among others. In the module Contemporary Voices we'll read the works of some dub poets and listen to their performances. Because the course is so short--11 assignments over a period of just 3 weeks--it will be two credits instead of the more usual three. But it offers the perfect opportunity if you need an extra credit or two for graduation or just want to have fun reading some good stories and poems.

Section Expectation

Plan to spend several hours a day on this course. Read the assigned stories or poems for each lesson. Respond to each reading assignment in a written reflection and/or a posting to the discussion board. Participate actively in all discussions. Submit reading response (RR) essays following the guidelines as scheduled. Review all links posted in the lessons and take an active part in class discussions. TEXTS: Brown and McWatt, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse and Brown and Wickham, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories. Because our course moves at a breakneck pace, you must have the textbooks in hand before Christmas.


Your course grade will be based on your written Reflections, contributions to the Discussion Board, and your Reading Response essays. Discussion Board participation--12 points. Written Reflections--18 points. Reading Response essays: RR1--20 points. RR2--20 points. RR3--28 points. Total 100 points. Grading: 90-100 points A- to A+. 80-89 points B- to B+. 70-79 points C- to C+. 60 to 69 points D- to D+. 0 to 59 points F.




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