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123042 PS Literary Studies / Proseminar Literature (2020W)

Caribbean Diaspora Literature in the United States

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

UPDATE: The class is not hybrid, but online

Tuesday 06.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 13.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 20.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 27.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 03.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 10.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 17.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 24.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 01.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 15.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 12.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 19.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 26.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The Caribbean is not only part of North America but, since Hispaniola was the first European settlement in the Americas, it is where America as a European idea of the New World came into being. The subsequent entanglement of the Caribbean and continental North America has played out on many levels, including military occupations of Caribbean nations through the U.S., mass tourism to the Caribbean, and the transport of commodities from the Caribbean, while the variety of migratory movements between the two regions has led to a rich and vibrant field of Caribbean diaspora literature in the U.S. and Canada. In this course, we will be reading contemporary texts by diasporic Caribbean writers now located primarily in the U.S., including Roxane Gay, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz, and Jamaica Kincaid. Drawing on Archipelagic American Studies, we will read them as texts which engage with the entangled histories of the Caribbean and the U.S. while mapping an understanding of North America focused neither on the U.S. nor on the continent, but as a web of places forming a shared but site-specific archipelago.
At the end of this course, students will be able to critically consider literary works which depict, navigate, and work through such archipelagic entanglements. Through secondary readings from hemispheric and archipelagic American Studies, diaspora studies, and Caribbean studies, among other fields, students will also have gained a theoretical understanding of “America” beyond the U.S., and will be able to draw on that understanding in their study of literature.

Assessment and permitted materials

The assessment will be based on in-class and preparatory participation, an expert group session, a research proposal, and a proseminar paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In-class and preparatory participation (e.g. active in-class participation, forum posts): 15%
Expert group session: 20%
Research proposal (700 words +/-10%) with annotated bibliography: 15%
Proseminar paper (3500 words +/-10%, word count excluding bibliography): 50%
Overall Score of 100%, pass-mark 60%

Scale:
1: 100-90%
2: 89-80%
3: 79-70%
4: 69-60%
5: 59-0%

In order to pass, you need to fulfill each individual requirement and complete tasks on time. Late submissions cannot be accepted. You can miss two classes.
The plagiarism detection software Turnitin will be used on most written assignments (research proposal, proseminar paper).

Examination topics

Everything that was covered in class (primary and secondary readings). For some tasks you will have to do additional research.
There will be no written exam.

Reading list

The following primary texts are for purchase:

Roxane Gay: Ayiti
Jamaica Kincaid: A Small Place
Edwidge Danticat: Krik? Krak!
Junot Díaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Secondary readings as well as additional primary material will be made available on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612; BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: UF 3.3.3-304, BA10.1; BEd 08a.1, BEd 08b.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-3041

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