Caribbean Poetry

Centre of West African Studies, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 19655

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester Depends on staff availability

Module description

This course examines the development of the Caribbean poem in the twentieth century. Working with texts from Anglophone, Francophone and Hispanophone territories, the course explores the engagement of Caribbean poetry with issues of language - the debate between 'nation language' and 'standard English'; of style - the 'Caribbean sonnet' or the dub rant; of production - Faber & Faber or Island Records, and, underlying all of these, of audience - ways in which it/they/we are defined and respond to such writings. Poets to be discussed include Derek Walcott, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Martin Carter, Aime Cesaire, Nicolás Guillén, Rene Depestre and Astrid Roemer.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and classes