War, Violence and Conflict in the American Tropics
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
09 May 2019
Requisites for this module
MA T72012 American Literatures,
MA T72024 American Literatures
This module is concerned with an area known as the "American Tropics" (the Caribbean islands, the Caribbean littoral of Central America, the US South, and northern South America). European powers fought extensively here against indigenous populations and against each other for control of land and resources.
The regions in the American Tropics share a history in which the dominant fact is the arrival of millions of white Europeans and Black Africans; share an environment that is tropical or sub-tropical; and share a socio-economic model (the plantation) whose effects lasted at least well into the twentieth century.
The imaginative space of the American Tropics offers a differently centred literary history from those conventionally produced as US, Caribbean, or Latin American literature and this module introduces cultural geography into literary history by offering two or three (depending on staff availability) case studies of texts associated with nodal places in the American Tropics.
This module is a logical extension of Professor Maria Cristina Fumagalli's, Dr Owen Robinson's and Dr Jak Peake's involvement in the AHRC-funded research project called America Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography (2006-2011).
This project's approach to literary history is through 'place' rather than 'nation state' or 'language' because of the complexity of the literary history of the Americas, especially in those areas where more than one European power (and therefore language) had influence. From within the region of the 'American Tropics,' a broad region from Charleston to Bahia, Maria Cristina Fumagalli, Owen Robinson and Jak Peake have chosen three case studies (respectively, the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, New Orleans and Western Trinidad), giving serious consideration to the writing associated with those places, irrespective of the language or national origin of the writers. The outcomes of this project are five monographs:
Peter Hulme, Cuba's Wild East: Towards a Literary Geography (2011) Lesley Wylie, Colombia's Forgotten Frontier: Towards a Literary Geography (2013) Maria Cristina Fumagalli, On the Edge: Writing the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic (2015)
Owen Robinson, Myriad City: Towards a Literary Geography of New Orleans (2016).
Jak Peake, Between the Bocas: A Literary Geography of Western Trinidad (2016)
and an edited collection entitled Surveying the American Tropics: A Literary Geography from New York To Rio (2013)
all published in The American Tropics Series of Liverpool University Press for which Maria Cristina Fumagalli and Owen Robinson are amongst the editors.
This module aims to foster students' critical thinking by inviting them to investigate American literatures and the 'American' paradigm from a broader perspective. After completion of the module students should be able to display a detailed knowledge of major texts of the vibrant and diverse literature originating from the specific context of the American Tropics.
After completion of the module students should be able to display a detailed knowledge of major texts of the vibrant and diverse literature originating from the specific context of the American Tropics.
No additional information available.
This module will be taught via weekly seminars of two hours each
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Owen Robinson, Dr Sean Seeger
LiFTS Taught Team - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone 01206 872626
Dr Rebecca Katherine Tillett
The University of East Anglia
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 22 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.
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