CPLT 202

Impossible Writing in Postcolonial Literature

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April 1: Maryse Condé

For today, we’ll be reading Maryse Condé’s Crossing the Mangrove, p. 94-128.

Reminder: Your rough draft of your Abstract and Annotated bibliography is due, printed, on Friday. All you have to have is your 250-300 word abstract and at least two sources prepared for the rough draft. I’ll be returning this to you during conferences, along with my feedback. More information about how to write an annotated bibliography can be found here, at the Purdue OWL. Additonally, this website has more information on MLA format, which is the format required for this assignment.

Featured Image: “Maryse Condé with Notes and Tea” by Judith Levy, March 28, 2019

March 27: Maryse Condé

Today, we’ll be continuing our reading of Maryse Condé’sCrossing the Mangrove, p. 31-59.

Reminder: Your Secondary Source Review is due Friday, posted as a page to your blog by the time class begins.

Featured Image: “Lightened Crossing the Mangrove” by Judith Levy, March 24 2019.

To prepare for your Secondary Source Review, here is the rubric I’ll be using to grade it:

March 22: Reviewing Secondary Sources

For today, we will be doing an in-class activity that will help you write your Secondary Source Review. The only reading you are required to do is make sure you have closely read the secondary source that you are writing about for this assignment. You must bring this source to class in order to properly complete the activity.

March 18 & 20: Édouard Glissant, Continued

For Monday, March 18, we will review and finish our conversation about Glissant’s “The Open Boat”.

For Wednesday, March 20, we will continue with reading excerpts from Édouard Glissant’s Poetics of Relation. The sections we are reading are as follows:=

  • Introductory material (“Creolizations”) to the section “Paths”, p. 86-7
  • “Transparency and Opacity” and “Relinked, (Relayed), Related”, p. 111-121
  • “That Those Beings Be Not Being”, p. 169-188

Reminder: The last of your reading responses is due Wednesday, March 20.

March 8: Slave Trade and Édouard Glissant

Today we’ll be continuing our discussion on slave trade by watching “The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes” on Slate’s website (originally published through slavevoyages.org). Slate’s brief article to go along with it explains how the piece is interactive and gives a little bit of helpful background information.

Additionally, we’ll be reading a different account of slave trade by Martiniquan philosopher, novelist, and poet, Édouard Glissant. The first chapter of his book Poetics of Relation, entitled “The Open Boat”, serves as a sort of poetic introduction to his larger philosophical work. This text can be found online on our Course Reserves.

March 6: Turner and Walvin

Today, we will be discussing the difference between Philip’s rendition of Zong!, and J. M. W. Turner’s painting “Slave Ship.” The image can be found here, on the website for Boston’s Museum of Fine Art.

We will also be reading the first chapter of James Walvin’s book The Zong: A Massacre, the Law, and the End of Slavery, which can be found here on the Library’s Website. This chapter goes into the historical background surrounding both the legal case and the image.

Reminder: Reading Response 4 is due today, by the time class begins.

March 4: Library Visit

There is no new reading for today. Instead, we will meet in Woodruff Library, in room 312. Here, Phil the librarian will be introducing you to the library databases in a way that will help with your Secondary Source Review , your Annotated Bibliography, and your Research-Based Argument.

March 1: Finishing Zong!

For today’s class, you’ll be finishing Zong! The last section of poems, “Ebora”, is by far the hardest section to read (at least when it comes to visuals), so challenge yourself to 1) take note of why, when, and how it is difficult and 2) use this to see what you can grasp, despite (or beyond) these difficulties.

Importantly, your Rhetorical Analysis is due today, posted as a page to your blog by the time class begins.

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