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The Politics of Resistance in Carribbean Literature

ENGL 093.401
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MWF 11

In this course we will explore the literature of the Anglophone Caribbean, paying particular attention to the function of (political and cultural) resistance" in the formation of the Anglophone literary tradition in the Caribbean. We will want to see how historico-philosophical forces impinge upon literary production. We will consider the ways in which these works of art engage with the philosophical, political and aesthetic issues of their time. We will look at the writers' views of the function of literature (what are they doing when they write? Who is the intended audience?), the role of the artist's culture in shaping his/her vision, and we will compare each writer in terms of these criteria in order to develop some kind of "literacy" about the Anglophone tradition in the Caribbean.