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Module

SEL3388 : Caribbean-U.S. Cultures

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Hannah Durkin
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

As well as serving as a significant source of its labour and migration, the Caribbean has exerted a powerful cultural influence over the U.S.A. This module aims to introduce students to a variety of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Caribbean-U.S. literary and cultural production. Ranging from Trinidad to New York and from early zombie cinema to reggae and hip hop, the module explores a range of art, film, literature and music that has emerged from and been popularised by Caribbean and U.S. cross-cultural exchange. Focusing on African American and Caribbean American cultural encounters in particular, it explores ways in which such shared creative expression has often served as a vehicle for political protest and resistance. The module interrogates tendencies to lump together Caribbean-U.S. and African American histories and artistic traditions by introducing students to the geographical, linguistic and ethnic diversity of Caribbean cultural production. It also investigates ways in which Caribbean and Caribbean-derived cultural and spiritual practices have been represented in the mainstream U.S. imagination and attitudes to race, gender, sexuality, class and nationhood as they relate to the Caribbean-U.S. experience.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module examines a range of literary, visual and oral texts that explore both the U.S.’s neo-imperial influence over the Caribbean and the Caribbean’s cultural impact on the U.S. The texts featured on the module will vary from year to year, but in the past have included “Harlem Renaissance” writers Zora Neale Hurston and Claude McKay, Hollywood- and calypso-star Harry Belafonte, reggae icon Bob Marley, hip-hop developers Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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