Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid, 1949–, West Indian–American writer, b. Antigua as Elaine Potter Richardson. She immigrated to the United States at 16 and later became a U.S. citizen. Changing her name (1973), she became a New Yorker staff writer in 1976, working there until 1996. Kincaid first became known for her lush tales of Caribbean life—in her first short-story collection, At the Bottom of the River (1983), and in Annie John (1985), a semiautobiographical series of related stories that explore the complexity of mother-daughter connections. Her later fiction continues the style and themes of these works. Dark and personal, they often feature clear-eyed yet lyrical portraits of everyday reality in the postcolonial West Indies. Her novels include Lucy (1990), The Autobiography of My Mother (1996), Mr. Potter (2002), and the stream-of-consciousness, apparently semiautobiographical dissection of a marriage's dissolution, See Now Then (2013). Kincaid has also written nonfiction, notably A Small Place (1988), a long and angry essay on Antigua, and My Brother (1997), an incantatory memoir of her brother's death from AIDS. An enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardener, she is also the author of many essays on the subject and of My Garden (Book) (1999).

See studies by M. Ferguson (1994), D. Simmons (1994), H. Bloom, ed. (1998), L. Paravisini-Gebert (1999), L. Golmore (2000), and S. A. J. Alexander (2002).

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Jamaica Kincaid: Selected full-text books and articles

Jamaica Kincaid: A Critical Companion By Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert Greenwood Press, 1999
Jamaica Kincaid Returns in Epic Voice By Cohen, Paula Marantz Salmagundi, No. 182/183, Spring 2014
Jamaica Kincaid: The Long Road from Antigua to Vermont By Saunders, James Robert Hollins Critic, Vol. 50, No. 1, February 2013
Literature of the Caribbean By Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert Greenwood Press, 2008
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John"
Winds of Change: The Transforming Voices of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars By Adele S. Newson; Linda Strong-Leek Peter Lang, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Caribbean Writers and Caribbean Language: A Study of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John"
Snapshots: 20th Century Mother-Daughter Fiction By Joyce Carol Oates; Janet Berliner David R. Godine, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid begins on p. 95
Arms Akimbo: Africana Women in Contemporary Literature By Janice Lee Liddell; Yakini Belinda Kemp University Press of Florida, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Snapshots of Childhood Life in Jamaica Kincaid's Fiction"
The Immigrant Experience in North American Literature: Carving out a Niche By Katherine B. Payant; Toby Rose Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Developing Negatives: Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy"
Mobility and Anxious Cosmopolitanism: Jamaica Kincaid's among Flowers By Nayar, Pramod K Transnational Literature, Vol. 6, No. 1, November 2013
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Psychoanalytical Tensions of Problematic Mother-Daughter Relationship in Jamaica Kincaid's My Brother By Sistani, Roohollah Reesi; Mehni, Masoumeh Studies in Literature and Language, Vol. 5, No. 2, September 1, 2012
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The Garden and the World: Jamaica Kincaid and the Cultural Borders of Ecocriticism By O'Brien, Susie Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 35, No. 2, June 2002
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Jamaica Kincaid and the Canon: In Dialogue with "Paradise Lost" and "Jane Eyre."(West Indian Writer; British Novels) By Simmons, Diane MELUS, Vol. 23, No. 2, Summer 1998
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A Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English By Erin Fallon; R. C. Feddersen; James Kurtzleben; Maurice A. Lee; Susan Rochette-Crawley Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Jamaica Kincaid (May 25, 1949-)" begins on p. 225
Great World Writers: Twentieth Century By Patrick M. O'Neil Marshall Cavendish, vol.6, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Jamaica Kincaid" begins on p. 747
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