Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Special Author(s): Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid and the Postcolonial Caribbean

Module Q3080

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module will introduce students to the literature of the Caribbean and its diaspora and to some key cultural debates in Caribbean, postcolonial and feminist literary discourses through comparative readings of the work of Jean Rhys and Jamaica Kincaid, two of the most prominent women writers from the Caribbean. The module will address the following issues: 'race' and literary constructions of 'the nation'; 'authenticity', orality and questions of 'voice'; gender, sexuality and resistance; home and belonging; 'servants' and 'madams'; life writing; reception and literary reputations; questions of 'literary belonging' and cultural identity; and writing and authorship after colonialism. The selection of texts includes: Jean Rhys's, Wide Sargasso Sea, Voyage in the Dark, Tigers Are Better Looking & Smile Please and Jamaica Kincaid's, Annie John, Autobiography of My Mother, My Brother, Mr Potter, Talk Story.

Module learning outcomes

Understand the formal and generic developments of a named author's work

Understand how the work has been shaped by the social, historical and intellectual contexts in which it was produced.

Through critical analysis of a range of the author¿s writing over his/her career, demonstrate an understanding of how his/her literary reputation was established and has been maintained.

Organise complex material into an essay that illustrates independent research

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA1 Week 1 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Ms Anne Crawford

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Dr Chloe Porter

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Miss Trudy Cadman

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Ms Emma Carlyle

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Dr Denise Decaires Narain

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