Seminar: 3.02.130 Female subjectivities in Caribbean fiction - Details

Seminar: 3.02.130 Female subjectivities in Caribbean fiction - Details

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Course name Seminar: 3.02.130 Female subjectivities in Caribbean fiction
Course number 3.02.130
Semester SoSe2024
Current number of participants 18
maximum number of participants 40
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Friday, 05.04.2024 12:00 - 14:00, Room: V04 0-033
Lehrsprache englisch
ECTS points 6

Rooms and times

V04 0-033
Freitag: 12:00 - 14:00, wöchentlich (14x)

Module assignments


While, traditionally, the study of anglophone literature and culture, both in universities and schools, has often focused on material from the British Isles and the United States, recent decades have brought increased awareness that it is important to extend our perspective and also consider other parts of the anglophone world, such as the Caribbean. Thus, this seminar gives students (many of whom will probably be new to Caribbean Studies) the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the history and culture/s of this region, as well as exploring some key authors, texts and topics of anglophone Caribbean literature from the mid-20th century to the present. Our thematic focus will be on the portrayal of female sensibilities (mainly by female, but partly also male, writers), in different generations and life situations. For instance, we will reflect on representations of how Caribbean women’s lives have been affected by colonial history and its long-lasting after-effects; by social hierarchies in terms of ‘race’, class and gender; by intercultural encounters and cultural hybridity; migration and diaspora; by familial and textual genealogies; as well as by experiences of trauma, resistance and recuperation. Depending on student interests, we may also spend a little time reflecting on how Caribbean literary texts, and the issues they raise, can be included in EFL school-teaching.

We will read two novels in their entirety; these are:
• Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (1st publ. 1966)
• Ramabai Espinet, The Swinging Bridge (1st publ. 2003)
Student should purchase these in advance (no prescribed editions).
In addition, we will read a selection of short stories (e.g. by Paule Marshall, Pauline Melville, Olive Senior and Jacob Ross), as well as some secondary literature. All these shorter texts will be made available via our online course platform Stud.IP.

If you would like to do some preliminary / extra reading on social and literary history, and/or need advice on texts to read in preparation for your presentations, you will be able to access a bibliography of key introductory texts on Stud.IP from the beginning of term onwards.
Some of those texts will also be made available via our course bookshelf in the university library.

Requirements for passing this course and acquiring credits are:
1) Regular attendance & active participation
2) 1 graded assignment / Prüfungsleistung. In this course, this takes the form of a presentation (c.15–30 min.) with subsequent write-up (c.10 pp.)

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ang612-615 Aufbau Lit/Cult".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • This setting is active from 11.03.2024 06:00 to 31.07.2024 23:59.
    At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Subject is Englisch
    • Degree is Erw.fach Gymnasium
    • Degree is Anpassungslehrgang
    • Subject is English Studies
    • Subject is Gender Studies
    • Subject is Anglistik
  • This setting is active from 11.03.2024 06:00 to 15.03.2024 08:10.
    Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 15.03.2024 on 08:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • The enrolment is possible from 11.03.2024, 06:00 to 31.07.2024, 23:59.
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