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Understanding Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John

Understanding Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John

by Deborah E. Mistron
     
 

Since its publication in 1985, Annie John has become one of the most widely taught novels in American high schools. Part of its appeal lies in its unique setting, the island of Antigua. This interdisciplinary collection of 30 primary documents and commentary will enrich the reader's understanding of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of the novel.

Overview

Since its publication in 1985, Annie John has become one of the most widely taught novels in American high schools. Part of its appeal lies in its unique setting, the island of Antigua. This interdisciplinary collection of 30 primary documents and commentary will enrich the reader's understanding of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of the novel. Among the topics examined are slavery in the Caribbean, the various religions in the Caribbean islands, the controversy over Christopher Columbus, family life in Antigua, and emigrations from the West Indies to the United States. Sources include newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, first-person narratives and memoirs of life in the Caribbean, letters, and position papers.

Most of the documents are not readily available in any other printed form. A literary analysis of Annie John examines the novel in light of its historical, social, and cultural contexts and as a coming-of-age novel. Each chapter concludes with study questions and topics for research papers and class discussion based on the documents in the chapter, and lists of further reading for examining the themes and issues raised by the novel. This casebook is valuable to students and teachers to help them understand the setting of the novel, its themes, and its young heroine.

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Assembles 30 primary documents and commentary, much of it not elsewhere available, relating to the 1985 novel that is widely taught in US high schools. Among the topics are family life in Antigua (where the narrative is set), slavery in the Caribbean, the various religions in the region, the Columbus controversy, and emigrations from the West Indies to the US. The documents include newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, first-person narratives and memoirs, and letters. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313302541
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/1999
Series:
Greenwood Press "Literature in Context" Series
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

DEBORAH MISTRON is Professor of Spanish and Literature at Bradford College in Bradford, Massachusetts. /e She is the author of many papers on Latin American popular culture, with a special interest in the cinema. She teaches Latin American literature and area studies in Latin America.

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