National Identity in the Caribbean

Programs for Teachers
Chicago Teachers as Scholars
Thursday, January 21, 2010 to Friday, January 22, 2010

People in the Caribbean have posed questions of collective identity (“who are we?”) in many ways; because of shared historical experiences such as plantation slavery, migrations and colonial rule, themes of identity and even answers to those questions of collective identity show similarities.  An essay about the meaning of sugar plantations in Cuban life may echo a book about the meaning of building a house in Trinidad.  This seminar will look at some of the ways intellectuals and artists in the twentieth century have explored national identity, considering the arguments in short stories, essays, and songs.

Seminar led by Dain Borges, University of Chicago

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