Universität Wien FIND

123225 SE Literature Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English & American / North American (2018S)

The Postcolonial Caribbean Woman's Historical Novel

11.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Details

max. 18 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 16.04. 10:00 - 13:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 23.04. 10:00 - 13:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 30.04. 10:00 - 13:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 07.05. 10:00 - 13:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 14.05. 10:00 - 13:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 28.05. 10:00 - 13:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 04.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 11.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 18.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 25.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course analyzes the importance of gender in Caribbean women’s postcolonial historical fiction. Disclosed through female genealogies, voices, and figures, the Caribbean woman’s novel challenges historical erasures, silences, violence, racialized oppression, and political exclusions both in the past and in the present. As it is women writers who are primarily taking on the burden of rewriting the past, we begin by reading Andrea Levy’s neo-slave novel The Long Song and Jamaica Kincaid’s work Annie John. Continuing to acknowledge and to analyze important works which contribute to this renaissance in Caribbean women’s historical fiction, we will study Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies, Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones, and Dionne Brand’s At the Full and Change of the Moon. We will read these novels comparatively and will take into account diverse socio-historical contexts.

Course Goals:
This course is designed to introduce students to the different ways women writers in the Caribbean have used the historical novel form. Studying this genre will allow students to concentrate on the representation of gender within different regions of the Caribbean, on diverse aesthetic choices and narrative styles, and on four distinct historical periods: slavery, colonialism, revolution, and the recent past. In doing so, this course creates a politicized counter-narrative to patriarchal history, historiography, and the genre of historical fiction. Additionally, students will become familiar with important theoretical works such as Caroline Rody’s The Daughter’s Return: African-American and Caribbean Women's Fictions of History (2000) in order to better ground their understanding of postcolonial feminist politics, literatures, and frameworks. Finally, students will be encouraged toenvision and engage with the social justice and social change these writers are seeking.

Teaching Methods:
Teaching will be based on a mix of formal lectures, guided class discussions based on specific topics, screenings and small group work/discussion.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Assessment and permitted materials
Students are required to submit one research essay of approximately 4000 words on or before June 25 (worth 50%). A presentation, with an accompanying essay of 1500 words, worth 30 % will be delivered during one of our class periods.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Assessment for this course will be based on attendance, on the essays, the presentation, and on class participation (worth 20%). Grading of the essays will be based on coherence of argument, textual interpretation, quality of research sources, and writing style, and not on the position taken. The presentation will be evaluated according to your volume, pace, and tone, your demeanor, and overall delivery. You will provide the class with a handout and turn in a short essay based on your presentation. Since the class will be conducted in English, it is prudent for students to have a fine understanding of written and spoken English. There will be no examination for this course.

Prüfungsstoff

Literatur

Andrea Levy The Long Song
Jamaica Kincaid Annie John
Julia Alvarez In the Time of the Butterflies
Edwidge Danticat The Farming of Bones
Dionne Brand At the Full and Change of the Moon

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-322, BA10.2, MA4, MA5
Lehrinhalt: 12-0464

Letzte Änderung: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42