Sea of Lentils: Modernity, Literature, and Film in the Caribbean

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Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 17 January 2022
Friday 25 March 2022
04 October 2018


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Module description

'Modernity' is one of those paradigms which govern our way of thinking: it is often identified with the US, Canada or Europe which are considered 'modern' places as opposed to, for example, the Caribbean or Africa, which are generally defined as 'backward', traditional, old-fashioned, non-modern or pre-modern. The North Atlantic (broadly, US, Canada or Europe) is perceived as 'modern' because it is seen as the originator of modern technology, characterised by mobility and progress, and as the site where individual freedom and democracy have unfolded. Yet, at the heart of eighteenth century discourses of freedom, for example, there was a paradox: while freedom was considered by Enlightenment thinkers as the highest universal political value, the legality of slavery and the central role it played in the development of North Atlantic economy was being routinely ignored. This module looks at texts which rethink the ways in which the colonial and postcolonial 'American' experience (more specifically, the extended Caribbean experience) has shaped and reshaped 'modernity' but which has often been neglected. We will focus on literary, filmic and theoretical texts from the Spanish, Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean (available in excellent English translations) which will foster students' critical thinking by encouraging them to approach the concept of modernity from a different perspective and to develop a 'critically modern' outlook.

Aims and Objectives
This module aims to foster students' critical thinking by inviting them to investigate American literatures from a broader perspective. After completion of the module, students will be able to rethink the 'American' paradigm and the notion of modernity from a creative and critical perspective, enriched by detailed knowledge of the crucial (but often neglected) interconnections between Caribbean and North Atlantic history.

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Learning and teaching methods

one two-hour seminar per week


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Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sean Seeger, email:
Dr Sean Seeger
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



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