Culture and Politics in the Caribbean

The course introduces students to the history and culture of the Caribbean from the arrival of the Europeans in 1492 to the present. It is centered around several key moments in Caribbean history: “Discovery,” slavery and the struggles against it, colonialism and independence movements, U.S. occupations and resistance to it, dictatorships and revolutionary movements, the massive growth of a Caribbean diaspora in the U.S. and elsewhere, and the transformation of the Caribbean islands into so many tourist destinations. Students will come to understand why it is that the multilingual space of the Caribbean with its fraught encounters between African, Asian, Ameroindian, and European cultures time and again became the starting point for political and cultural movements that eventually swept the globe. Assignments will be evenly divided between readings of literary texts, historical sources, critical analysis, and viewing of Caribbean films.

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4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2018

Sibylle M Fischer
TR: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM 7E12 121 (SB)