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Kamau at 90

Dr. Aaron Kamugisha (University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados)

Aaron Kamugisha applauding for presenter

Given the challenges for learning and online instruction during the pandemic, the course took a more traditional format focused on the lifework of Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite, who passed away early in the semester.

Resources

Course poster

Dr. Kamugisha’s course focused on Brathwaite’s lifework alongside other writing and criticism

Kamau Brathwaite at the Poetry Foundation

Brathwaite published over 10 poetry collections, including poems such as “Bermudas” and “Bread.”

Brathwaite on PennSound

A selection of audio recordings of Brathwaite’s readings of his work.

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Exploring Caribbean Literature through Archival Research & Creative Writing

Dr. Rosamond S. King (Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York)


The archive assignment for Caribbean Literature asks students to examine how historical constructions of race are reflected in photography.

Goals: Archive Assignments

  • Use online archives and databases to conduct image or photo research
  • Conduct photo analysis on chosen images
  • Consider the motivations and identity of the photographer, the photo’s context, and how race is depicted in the photos
  • Learn about metadata, and what the metadata reveals about the images
  • Bridge creative writing and analysis through poetry

Outcomes & Deliverables

  • An effective photo analysis of the chosen image, improved metadata for the chosen photograph, and an essay on the analysis and their chosen revisions to the metadata.
  • An original poem inspired by an archival photograph

Resources

Photo Analysis Assignment

Student assignment to analyze race and positionality in archival photographs. (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Poetry Archive Assignment

Guidelines for Dr. King’s unit assignment on writing ekphrastic poetry inspired by archival photographs. (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Caribbean Photo Archive

A rich collection of over 3,000 photographs amassed by archivist Patrick Montgomery, now held by the Art Gallery of Ontario

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