Caribbean Genesis: Jamaica Kincaid and the Writing of New Worlds

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By exploring the breadth of Jamaica Kincaid's writings, this book reveals her work's transmutations of genre, specifically those of autobiography, biography, and history in relation to the forces of creation and destruction in the Caribbean. Jana Evans Braziel examines Kincaid's preoccupation with genealogy, genesis, and genocide in the Caribbean; her adaptations of biblical texts for her literary oeuvre; and her authorial deployments of the diabolic as frames for both rethinking the boundaries of genre and ...

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By exploring the breadth of Jamaica Kincaid's writings, this book reveals her work's transmutations of genre, specifically those of autobiography, biography, and history in relation to the forces of creation and destruction in the Caribbean. Jana Evans Braziel examines Kincaid's preoccupation with genealogy, genesis, and genocide in the Caribbean; her adaptations of biblical texts for her literary oeuvre; and her authorial deployments of the diabolic as frames for both rethinking the boundaries of genre and altering notions of subjectivity, objectivity, self, and other.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780791476536
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2009
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jana Evans Braziel is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati and author of Artists, Performers, and Black Masculinity in the Haitian Diaspora.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Caribbean Genesis, Alterbiography, and the Writing of New Worlds 1

1 Alterrains of "Blackness" in At the Bottom of the River 21

2 Jablesse, Obeah, and Caribbean Cosmogonies in At the Bottom of the River 53

3 The Diabolic as Diasporic in Annie John and Lucy 79

4 Genre, Genealogy, and Genocide in The Autobiography of My Mother 101

5 Death and the Biographical Autograph in My Brother 129

6 Genre, Genealogy, and Genesis in Mr. Potter 175

Notes 137

Bibliography 207

Index 233

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