Special Course Descriptions
Black Studies

ENG 494 12/ BLS 494 10/AMS 494 11 Course Title: Caribbean Diaspora Literature
Professor Shoge

The course covers literary works of writers of the Caribbean Diaspora published in English from the early 1920s to the present. The writers originate from the English, French, and Spanish islands as well as Guyana and became self-selected exiles or emigrants to the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada. The authors include Claude McKay, George Lamming, Samuel Selvon, Edward Braithwaite, Derek Walcott, Jamaica Kincaid, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Fred D.Aguiar, and others and collectively their works cover the colonial to post colonial eras. They write about the Caribbean from the center and from outside the center. The fiction, poetry, and plays of these writers will provide the literary framework within which students can examine the multiplicity of Caribbean native and diasporic cultural identities. Through critical analysis of literary elements students will understand the cultural tensions and symbiotic relationships from which the blending and creating of new characters, imagery, symbolism, rhythms, and tones emerged.