Caribbean voices: writers of the Windrush generation

Course Dates: 14/08/21 - 21/08/21
Time: 13:30 - 16:00
Location: Online
“Wat a joyful news, miss Mattie, | I feel like me heart gwine burs | Jamaica people colonizin | Englan in reverse,” wrote the England-bound Jamaican poet Louise Bennett in 1966. Two decades of migration from the Caribbean “periphery” to the British “metropole” saw the development of deep varied Caribbean traditions both critical and creative, and this weekend course considers them.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HLT242

Sat, day, 14 Aug - 21 Aug '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online literature course concerns Caribbean writers of the mid Twentieth Century. Between 1943 and 1958, the BBC World Service ran a radio programme which the Barbadian poet Edward Kamau Brathwaite called "the single most important literary catalyst for Caribbean creative and critical writing in English." Caribbean Voices grew out of a programme named Calling the West Indies, which transmitted personal messages, songs and stories to parts of the Caribbean where West Indians had been recruited to help the British and the Allied forces in the Second World War. Our course looks at the creolized literary tradition(s) it helped to engender.

Tutor biography:
Phoebe Braithwaite is a PhD student in English at Harvard University and her work focuses on the influence of the intellectual Stuart Hall and the tradition of British Cultural Studies. She has taught courses on nonfiction, contemporary literature, and poetry.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Under the auspices of Una Marson, the BBC’s first ever Black producer, Caribbean Voices began to transmit poetry and short stories by emergent writers such as Samuel Selvon, Derek Walcott and George Lamming. A great number of the authors first aired by programme – through its method of open submission – went on to become central figures in an international Caribbean canon, and central to the literature of Britain, especially of London, as we think of it today. They not only built and developed the wide canon of diasporic literature connected to Britain through the history of empire, but also materially altered the way radio in Britain worked, bringing in a far looser and more spontaneous manner of on-air transmission than the stiff, clipped BBC had hitherto known. Our course will look at artists such as Derek Walcott, Louise Bennett and George Lamming, as well as critical voices such as Sylvia Wynter and Stuart Hall.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Students should leave the course more conversant in the big themes and ideas it discusses. They should feel comfortable describing the texts we look at over our two Saturday meetings, and develop a critical understanding of the different formal strategies artists grouped and classed as “Caribbean”, have employed to meet their situation.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for anyone with an interest in the subject matter.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Classes will consist in a mixture of short lectures aided by powerpoint presentations, large and small group discussions, group exercises and solitary reading and thinking prior to class which will help us in our activities.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The tutor will provide excerpts of the following texts:
Derek Walcott, “The Schooner Flight” (excerpt provided)
Samuel Selvon, Lucky Lucre (excerpt provided)
Louise Bennett, “Colonisation in Reverse” (excerpt provided)
CLR James, Africans and Afro-Caribbeans: A Personal View (excerpt provided)
Claudia Jones, The Caribbean Community in Britain (excerpt provided)
George Lamming, The Pleasures of Exile (excerpt provided)
Sylvia Wynter, “Unsettling the Coloniality of Being…” (excerpt provided)
Stuart Hall, “Negotiating Caribbean Identities” (excerpt provided).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The tutor will also be teaching HLT243 'The Witches: Wicked women and the myths that make them'.
Look for other literature courses at www.citylit.ac.uk/history, culture and writing/literature.

Phoebe Braithwaite

Phoebe Braithwaite is a PhD student in English at Harvard University and her work focuses on the influence of the intellectual Stuart Hall and the tradition of British Cultural Studies. She has taught courses on nonfiction, contemporary literature, and poetry.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.