Africana Studies G292: African Caribbean Literature

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Team Poetry Assignment
The first objective of this poetry assignment is to account in some way for some of the poets of the Caribbean diaspora who have emerged in the twentieth Century. A second, but equally important, objective is for you to develop your literary research skills by helping to build an ongoing, reliable reference source for successive generations of students and the general public. To both these ends, you'll work in teams to produce an introductory web page devoted to three of the poets featured in Stuart Brown. S & Mark McWatt, (2005). The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse. Oxford University Press.

AFRSTY G292 syllabus

Biographical Information

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Biography Resource Center
  • Covers over 340,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas
  • Search by occupation, nationality, ethnicity, gender birth/death year, and/or birth/death place
  • Includes lengthy biographies and brief biographical sketches from respected reference sources and newspaper and magazine articles
  • For more help, view the Guided Tour of Biography Resource Center

Contemporary Poets in Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Type "Contemporary Poets" in the by publication title field.
  • Covers over seven hundred living poets, plus a small number of recently deceased.
  • For each poet, includes very brief biographical information, bibliography, and original signed critical essay.
  • For a list of all the biographical resources in Gale, select Basic Search and click on Biography.

Fifty Caribbean Writers : A bio-bibliographical critical sourcebook
  • Available on reserve at the Healey Library
  • Portions available in Google books There is a limit to how many pages you can view.

Twentieth-century Caribbean and Black African writers
  • edited by Bernth Lindfors and Reinhard Sander
  • Call Number: PN451 .D5 v. 117, v.125 & v. 157 available on the 4th floor of the Healey Library

Critical Articles & Essays

Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Collection of selected critical essays on contemporary authors (those currently living or died after 1959)
  • Each entry includes a biographical introduction, a list of principal works, and sources for further study
  • Includes full text or excerpts of essays
  • For help, see the CLC Navigation Guide (pdf)

  • Full text Scholarly journals dating back to the 19th century
  • Covers African America Studies, African Studies, History, and more
  • For help using JSTOR, view the JSTOR Tutorial

MLA International Bibliography
  • Coverage: 1920's+
  • Journal articles, books & dissertations in literature, language & linguistics, folklore, literary theory & criticism, dramatic arts
  • Restricted to 5 simultaneous users
  • For help, view the tutorial Basic Searching for Academic Libraries.

Project MUSE
  • Current scholarly journals from 1993 to present; all full text
  • Similar coverage as JSTOR
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Journal & Newspaper Articles

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Academic OneFile
Academic Search Premier
  • Academic OneFile and Academic Search Premier are large multidisciplinary databases, which index and abstract scholarly journals and popular magazines. They both have some articles in full text.

Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)
  • Digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to
  • Digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.

Getting Articles

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Healey Library Catalog

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UMass Boston WorldCat

  • Customized to provide Healey Library locations and call numbers AND connect directly to Interlibrary Loan request form for items not at Healey
  • Combined catalogs of libraries around the world.
  • Largest bibliographic database.

Google Books

  • Indexes full text of millions of books from library collections of research institutions
  • Google Books Tutorial

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Comparing Periodicals
Reading Scholarly Journals

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