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My Brother (1997) by Jamaica KincaidJamaica Kincaid's incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother Devon Drew's life is also the story of her family on the island of Antigua, a constellation centered on the powerful, sometimes threatening figure of the writer's mother. Kincaid's unblinking record of a life that ed too early speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families.
Call Number: PR9275.A583 K5639 1997
Autobiography of My Mother (1997) by Jamaica KincaidJamaica Kincaids novel is the haunting, deeply charged story of a womans life on the island of Dominica. Xuela Claudette Richardson, daughter of a Carib mother and a half-Scottish, half-African father, grows up in a harsh, loveless world after her mother dies in childbirth. Xuelas narrative provides a rich, vivid exploration of the Caribbean and the pervasive influence of colonialism. The Autobiography of My Mother is a story of love, fear, loss, and the forging of a character, an account of one womans inexorable evolution evoked in startling and magical poetry.
Jamaica Kincaid : a critical companion (1999) by Lizabeth Paravisini-GebertWith the publication of her novel Annie John in 1985, Jamaica Kincaid entered the ranks of the best novelists of her generation. Her three autobiographical novels, Annie John, Lucy, and Autobiography of My Mother, and collection of short stories, At the Bottom of the River, touch on the universal theme of coming-of-age and the female adolescent's need to sever her ties to her mother. This angst is couched in the social landscape of post-colonial Antigua, a small Caribbean island whose legacy of racism affects Kincaid's protagonists. Her fiction rewrites the history of the Caribbean from a West Indies perspective and this milieu colors the experiences of her characters. Following a biographical chapter, Paravisini-Gebert traces the development of Kincaid's craft as a writer. Each of the novels and the collection of short stories is discussed in a separate chapter that includes sections on plot, character, theme, and an alternate critical approach from which to read the novel, such as feminist. A complete primary and secondary bibliography and lists of selected reviews of Kincaid's work complete the study.
Call Number: Colby PR9275.A583 K566 1999
Reading and writing under slavery is a special literary topic for New Yorker writer Jamaica Kincaid. Recorded on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. as part of the Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series at Sonoma State University.