Syllabus Fall 2015

The Digital Caribbean (take 2)
Fall 2015 – CUNY Graduate Center
ENGL 85800; Cross-listed with WSCP 81000
Wednesday, 2:00-4:00pm; Room 3310A

Professor: Kelly Baker Josephs
Course site: The Digital Caribbean

Caribbean QR

Course Description

Information about the first version of this course (taught Spring 2014) available here.

Schedule of readings and activities (PDF)

Bibliography (PDF)


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 ComputingThe 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 Agesx 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%