ENGL 198T Senior Seminar in English
Caribbean Creole. What does it mean to be Creole? Depending upon specific historical, linguistic, social, national and political contexts, Creole can refer to a language, an ethnicity, a racial category, a marker of birth, and/or a culture. In other words, the meaning of Creole has changed over the centuries from a simple definition of a person of mixed-heritage born in the colonies to a radical political philosophy endorsing pan-African alliance. By examining various aspects of Caribbean literature from different analytical approaches, students will refine advanced-level critical reading, thinking, and writing skills. Students will engage in extensive research projects focused on academic inquiry: they will evaluate, analyze, and interpret a variety of primary and secondary sources in order to enter into scholarly conversations; and integrate primary and secondary sources into their analysis. The final paper will go through multiple revisions and peer reviews.