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CONTENTS Acknowledgments INTRODUCTION Chapter 1 "When You Think of Me, Think of My Life" 1 PART ONE : IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOTHER Chapter 2 "I Had Embarked on Something Called Self-Invention": Artistic Beginnings in "Antigua Crossings" and At the Bottom of the River 24 Chapter 3 "The Way I Became A Writer Was That My Mother Wrote My Life For Me and Told It To Me": Living in the Shadow of the Mother in Annie John 48 Chapter 4 "As I Looked at This Sentence a Great Wave of Shame Came Over Me and I Wept and Wept": The Art of Memory, Anger and Despair in Lucy 92 PART TWO: A VERY PERSONAL POLITICS Chapter 5 "Imagine the Bitterness and the Shame in Me as I Tell You This": The Political is Personal in A Small Place and "On Seeing England For the First Time" 126 PART THREE: FAMILY PORTRAITS Chapter 6 " I Would Bear Children But I Would Never Be a Mother to Them": Writing Back to the Contemptuous Mother in The Autobiography of My Mother 158 Chapter 7 "I Shall Never Forget Him Because His Life is the One I Did Not Have": Remembering Her Brother's Failed Life in My Brother 198 Chapter 8 "Like Him and His Own Father Before Him, I Have A Line Drawn Through Me": Imagining the Life of the Absent Father in Mr. Potter 231 CONCLUSION Chapter 9 "I Am Writing for Solace": Seeking Solace in Writing, Gardening, and Domestic Life 254 Notes 269 Works Cited 316 PART ONE IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOTHER PART TWO A VERY PERSONAL POLITICS PART THREE FAMILY PORTRAITS
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Kincaid, Jamaica -- Criticism and interpretation.
Women and literature -- Antigua -- History -- 20th century.
Mothers and daughters in literature.
Antiqua -- In literature.
Memory in literature.