Applications due Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by 5:00 pm to the International Programs Office
Winter Break (Odd Years)
Literature classes with the English faculty leader and lectures by local professors will be designed for non-French speakers. The term will function in parallel with the mini-term to Martinique in French led by Professor Ndiaye, with students partaking in shared excursions and cultural events (wherever accessible to English speakers) including a dance workshop, museum visits, picnics, performances, a storytelling evening and more.
Course of Study
In this course, we will complement your first-hand experience of life in Martinique with literary and theoretical readings that place this island nation (or, more precisely, this overseas département of France) in a wide range of contexts ranging from the regional to the global. Once dismissed by Charles de Gaulle, former French President and hero of the French Résistance, as one of many “specks of dust” littering the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean islands such as Martinique are now more evocatively discussed in terms of their singular importance as a cultural crossroads and the birthplace, for better or worse, of modernity— the “Ground Zero of the New World,” as Dominican-American novelist Junot Diaz memorably asserts.
During this mini-term, we will explore how several key Caribbean writers from the second half of the twentieth century sought to develop an internally cohesive Caribbean or Creole identity amidst the various external forces traversing the region. Reading assignments for this course will ask you to consider the link between identity and storytelling, whether the authors are contending with the European canon, safeguarding Creole storytelling, or redefining Caribbean identity while living in the Caribbean diaspora.
See the attached course syllabus for more information.
Successful completion of one prior 100-level English course.
Students will reside with host families during their stay in Martinique.
Please contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor for information.
Contact Instructor Nicole Calandra for more information.