Special Author(s): Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid and the Postcolonial Caribbean (Q3080)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module will introduce you 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.

Teaching and assessment

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Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: