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Module

LAS4032 : Caribbean Imaginaries: Image, Text, Music

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Dunja Fehimovic
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aim of the degrees offered in the SML, to contribute to students’ broad-based knowledge of aspects of the history, politics, society and culture of a variety of Hispanic countries, focusing on the culture of the Hispanophone Caribbean and its diasporas.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module introduces students to a selection of founding mythologies of the Caribbean, including narratives of origins and identity, nature and magic, 'mestizaje', migration and belonging. Students will be able to re-examine preconceived images and stereotypes relating to the Caribbean through a consideration of the area's geographical openness, racial hybridity, cultural intermixture, violent history, and diasporic movements.

The material has been organised into interrelated topics chosen from the following: 'Discoveries' and the Sea; Slavery and the Plantation; The Marvellous and the Monstrous; Rhythm and music; Diasporic dilemmas.

The material has been chosen to encourage students to reflect critically on the intersections of culture, consumption, history, and politics, but also to encourage close attention to form, medium and genre. The module is therefore comparative in spirit, and assessed essays will be required to compare different media. The module is taught in English, with certain primary materials and activities in Spanish, offering students the opportunity to build on their language skills whilst also consolidating their ability to analyse a variety of cultural forms, including poetry, visual art, music, and film.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable