Tourists and Natives
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3870
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Literature
We are often asked to consider the Caribbean as a place of beaches, sunshine, liquor, drugs and fun, fun, fun! Even the locals are props in the theatre of vacation imagination. Because tourism is generally the region's major economy, quite often Caribbean people themselves are caught between viewing their home as a place primarily set up for consumption and a place with the full complexity of a nation state. In this course we will examine the literary and cultural production in the Caribbean within the contexts of tourism and belonging. We use literature and film to openly discuss sex, sexuality, race, money and power. Our class uses fiction by Herman Wouk and Mayra Montero, criticism by Jorge Duany and Cynthia Enloe, as well as fiction, poetry, film and song from across the region. Our focus is on the English and Spanish speaking Caribbean. This Riggio Writing & Democracy Honors course is open to all undergraduate students.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.