The Digital Caribbean (take 2)
Fall 2015 – CUNY Graduate Center
ENGL 85800; Cross-listed with WSCP 81000
Wednesday, 2:00-4:00pm; Room 3310A
Information about the first version of this course (taught Spring 2014) available here.
Schedule of readings and activities (PDF)
- Active Voice
- AfroLatin@ Forum
- As Flies to Whatless Boys
- Caribbean Beat
- Caribbean Histories Revealed
- Caribbean IRN
- The Caribbean Photo Archive
- The Caribbean Review of Books
- dLOC (Digital Library of the Caribbean)
- The Dutty Berry Show
- Early Caribbean Digital Archive
- The Gleaner
- The Integrationist Caribbean
- Jamaica Gay Freedom Movement archive
- Legacies of Césaire
- Lexo TV
- Majah Hype
- The New York Carib News
- Postcolonial Digital Humanities
- The Public Archive
- Red for Gender
- Repeating Islands
- Ruddy Roye
- Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761
- The Spaces Between Words
- sx salon
- Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean
Readings (For selections from monographs, full book citation given)
Antoni, Robert. As Flies to Whatless Boys. New York; Akashic Books, 2013.
Baptiste, Espelencia, Heather Horst, and Erin Taylor. “Earthquake Aftermath in Haiti: The Rise of Mobile Money Adoption and Adaptation.” Lydian Journal 7 (May 2011).
Baucom, Ian “Charting the ‘Black Atlantic’” Postmodern Culture 8:1 (1997)
Benítez Rojo, Antonio. The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective. Trans. James E. Maraniss. Durham: Duke University Press, 1992.
Best, Curwen. The Politics of Caribbean Cyberculture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Brathwaite, Kamau. “Note(s) on Caribbean Cosmology” River City 16.2 (Summer 1996): 1-17.
—. “Caribbean Man in Space and Time” Savacou 11/12 (September 1975): 1-11.
Brinkerhoff, Jennifer. Digital Diasporas: Identity and Transnational Engagement: . New York; Cambridge UP, 2009.
Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. “Race and/as Technology, or How to Do Things to Race.” Race After the Internet. Eds. Lisa Nakamura and Peter A. Chow-White. London; Routledge, 2012. 38-60.
Drucker, Johanna. “Pixel Dust: Illusions of Innovation in Scholarly Publishing.” LA Review of Books 16 January 2014.
Everrett, Anna. Digital Diaspora: A Race for Cyberspace. Albany; SUNY Press, 2009.
Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy
Harrell, D. Fox. “Cultural Roots for Computing” The Fibreculture Journal : 11 (2008).
Hall, Stuart. “Cultural Identity and Diaspora.” Theorizing Diaspora. Eds. Jana Evans Braziel and Anita Mannur, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2003. 233–247.
—. “Race, Articulation, and Societies Structured in Dominance.” Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader. Eds Houston A. Baker, Jr., Manthia Diawara, and Ruth H. Lindeborg. Chicago; University of Chicago Press, 1996. 16-60.
Houghton, Edwin and Rishi Bonneville. “Future Troubles: The New Dancehall Economy and Its Implications in a Digital Age” sx salon 3 (February 2011).
Mitchell, W. J. T. “Representation” Critical Terms for Literary Study, Second Edition. Eds. Frank Lentricchia and Thomas McLaughlin. Chicago; University of Chicago Press, 1995. 11-22.
Negroponte, Nicholas. Being Digital. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995.
Paul, Annie. “Log On: Toward Social and Digital Islands” The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature. Eds. Michael A. Bucknor and Alison Donnell. New York: Routledge, 2011. 626-635.
Philp, Geoffrey. “Into the Fray!” sx salon 3 (February 2011).
Scott, David. “On the Question of Caribbean Studies” Small Axe 41 (2013): 1-7.
Straumsheim, Carl. “Is Blogging Unscholarly?” Inside Higher Ed (January 29, 2014).
Thelwalla, Mike and Liwen Vaughanb. “A Fair History of The Web? Examining Country Balance in the Internet Archive.” Library & Information Science Research 26.2 (Spring 2004): 162–176.
Thomas, Deborah. “Caribbean Studies, Archive Building, and the Problem of Violence” Small Axe 41 (2013): 27-42.
Venegas, Cristina. Digital Dilemmas: The State, The Individual, and Digital Media in Cuba. New Brunswick, NJ; Rutgers University Press, 2010.
Walcott, Derek. What the Twilight Says: Essays. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
Grading Policy/Course requirements:
- Blog posts 30%
- Blog commenting 20%
- Resource page 10%
- Class Participation 15% (including presentations)
- Final paper/project 25%