The Caribbean region is one of the most diverse spaces on earth, regarding language, ethnicity, ‘race’ and religion. Over the last century, a distinct Caribbean literary tradition has emerged that engages with the rich history as well as contemporary concerns of its place of origin. In this course, we will look at a range of short stories written in English by authors from all over the archipelago and its diaspora. This form, although it is still one of the least commercially successful prose genres, is an ideal way of articulating postcolonial and hybrid identities, as scholars have argued (and we will critically discuss in class). ‘Big names’ like Michelle Cliff or Edwidge Danticat will be read next to the contemporary voices of Kei Miller or Alexia Arthurs.
Through our engagement with these texts, we will apply such concepts as postcoloniality and migration, as well as gender, sexuality, class and place. Your Grundkurs-knowledge on genre, narrative situation and setting, among others, will be built on, and you will be able to develop your own research questions. The stories and any further material will be made available on Stud.IP.