Course Calendar

January 14, 2014

In class:
Introduction to the course.
Introduction to the Caribbean.
Homework:
Read the course website carefully, including course description, calendar, etc. Also, print out and read excerpts from Jean-Baptiste Labat's journals1 and journals 2 . (Note: It will make more sense if you read in this order: First, the first chapter in "journals1," called "Slaves, Agents, and Interlopers," then all of "journals2," then the rest of "journals1.") Also, read excerpts from the poetry of Aimé Césaire.

January 16, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Labat & Césaire
Homework:
Read chapters 1-3 of Masters of the Dew by Jacques Roumain. Be sure to follow your "group's" theme as you read, marking relevant passages with post-its or highlighter.

January 21, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Roumain
Homework:
Read chapters 4-10 of Masters of the Dew by Jacques Roumain.
Also, begin reading the stories in Krik! Krak! so you can choose a story to work on with your group.

January 23, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Roumain
Homework:
Finish Masters of the Dew, chapter 11 to the end.
Also, continue reading Krik! Krak! Meet with your group to choose a short story for the first oral presentation.

January 28, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Choice of days/texts for oral presentation.
Exploration: Roumain
Homework:
Read pages 5-59 of Black Shack Alley by Joseph Zobel.
Begin work on your oral presentation!
Consider writing Paper A, due in mid-February (see below; due date depends on your oral presentation date). Details on the "Assignments" page.

January 30, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Zobel
Homework:
Read pages 61-123 of Black Shack Alley.
Continue planning your first paper.
Continue work on your oral presentation!

February 4, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Zobel
Homework:
Finish Black Shack Alley, pages 123-182.
Continue planning your first paper.
Continue work on your oral presentation!

February 6, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Zobel
Homework:
Complete, polish and practice your oral presentation as a group.
Read the assigned stories in Krik? Krak!

February 11, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Homework:
Read the assigned stories in Krik? Krak!
Paper A due February 13 for groups presenting February 18 or February 20, and due February 20 for groups presenting February 11 or February 13! No email submissions -- you must turn your paper in in class!

February 13, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Paper A due today IN CLASS for groups that will present February 18 or February 20!
Homework:
Read the assigned stories in Krik? Krak!

February 18, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
ORAL PRESENTATIONS

 
Homework:
Read the assigned stories in Krik? Krak!

February 20, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Paper A due today IN CLASS for groups that presented February 11 or February 13!
Homework:
Read pages 1-70 of Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Condé.

February 25, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Condé
Homework:
Read pages 71-140 of Crossing the Mangrove.

February 27, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Condé
Homework:
Finish Crossing the Mangrove, pages 140-208.

March 4, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Condé
Homework:
Read pages 3-39 of Solibo Magnificent. If you are having trouble, try reading it out loud.
Consider writing Paper B, due March 25. (If you didn't write Paper A, you must write papers B & C.) Details on the "Assignments" page.

March 6, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Chamoiseau
Homework:
Read pages 40-111 of Solibo Magnificent.

March 11, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Chamoiseau
Homework:
Finish Solibo Magnificent, pages 111-172.
Note: Paper B is due Tuesday, March 25, IN CLASS, right after spring break -- no email submissions accepted!

March 13, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Chamoiseau
Homework:
Complete Paper B, due Tuesday, March 25, right after spring break.
Read pages 5-65 of Reflections of Loko-Miwa by Lilas Desquiron, which we will start discussing on March 25.

SPRING BREAK:
No class MARCH 18 & 20!

March 25, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Desquiron
Note: Paper B is due TODAY March 25, in class -- no email submissions accepted!
Homework:
Also, begin reading Green Cane and Juicy Flotsam so you can pick a story for your final presentation.

March 27, 2014

In class:
CLASS MEETS IN SCHULZ 3001 FOR A LECTURE BY SUSAN TSELOS ON VODOU FLAGS IN HAITI. Attendance will be taken.
 
Homework:
Read pages 65-125 of Reflections of Loko-Miwa.

April 1, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Desquiron
Homework:
Read pages 125-183 of Reflections of Loko-Miwa by Lilas Desquiron.
Continue to plan your final paper.
Begin meeting regularly with your group to plan your second presentation.

April 3, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Desquiron
Choice of days/texts for final oral presentation.
Homework:
Read pages 1-58 of Macadam Dreams.
Continue meeting regularly with your group to plan your second presentation.
If you didn't do both Papers A & B, you must write Paper C, due in during the last two weeks of class (see below for specific dates). Details on the "Assignments" page.

April 8, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Pineau
Homework:
Read pages 59-138 of Macadam Dreams.
Continue meeting regularly with your group to plan your second presentation

April 10, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Pineau
Homework:
Read pages 139-215 of Macadam Dreams.
Continue meeting regularly with your group to plan your second presentation.

April 15, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
Exploration: Pineau
Homework:
Polish your oral presentation.
Paper C is due April 24 for groups presenting April 29 or May 1.
Paper C is due May 1
for groups presenting April 22 or April 24!

April 17, 2014

In class:
Short film & discussion OR Extra credit Culture Day! (Class will vote.)
Workday for final presentations.
Homework:
Polish your oral presentation.
Read the assigned stories in Green Cane and Juicy Flotsam .

April 22, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
ORAL PRESENTATIONS

Paper C is due Thursday for groups presenting next week!
Homework:
Polish your oral presentation. Read the assigned stories in Green Cane and Juicy Flotsam.

April 24, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Paper C due today for groups presenting next week!
Homework:
Polish your oral presentation.
Read the assigned stories in Green Cane and Juicy Flotsam.

April 29, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Paper C due May 1 for groups presenting April 22 or April 24!
Homework:
Polish your oral presentation.
Read the assigned stories in Green Cane and Juicy Flotsam.

May 1, 2014

In class:
Reading quiz!
ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Paper C due today for groups presenting April 22 or April 24!
Homework:
Have a fabulous winter break!
If you plan to take the optional final, see the "Assignments" page for an outline of what to prepare.

May 6, 2014
OPTIONAL FINAL EXAM
11 AM to 12:50 PM IN OUR CLASSROOM!