Jamaica Kincaid: A Critical Companion

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With 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 ...

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Overview

With 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.

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"I came from a place that's very unreal." So said Kincaid of her native Antigua in an interview listed in the bibliography. Paravisini-Gebert (Hispanic and African studies, Vassar College) offers a Kincaid biography and readings of four works: from (1983) to (1997). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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LIZABETH PARAVISINI-GEBERT is Professor of Hispanic and African Studies at Vassar College.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 The Life of Jamaica Kincaid 1
2 From Elaine Potter Richardson to Jamaica Kincaid 23
3 At the Bottom of the River (1983) 49
4 Annie John (1985) 85
5 Lucy (1990) 117
6 The Autobiography of My Mother (1997) 143
Bibliography 165
Index 179
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