Caribbean Fiction (BA English)

Centre of West African Studies, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 19654

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 0

Semester 1 and/or 2 depending on staff availablity

Module description

This course examines the development of the Caribbean novel in the twentieth century. Working with texts from Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanophone territories, the course explores the engagement of the Caribbean novel with key issues such as slavery, colonialism, postcolonial politics and the construction of nationhood. The coures examines the progression of these issues through mapping the work of earlier canonised figures against that of a younger generation of writers emerging in the 80s and 90s. Writers to be studied include George Lamming, V S Naipaul, Jean Rhys, Alejo Carpentier, Juan Bosch, Antonio Benitez Rojo, Maryse Conde and Reinaldo Arenas.

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