Jamaica Kincaid —- Born Elaine Potter Richardson Antiguan-born American novelist, essayist, short story writer, memoirist, editor, and nonfiction writer. See also At the Bottom of the River Criticism.
He named it Antigua after the saint Santa Maria de la Antigua. Sir Thomas Warner from England was able to colonize the island in by starting plantations that included tobacco and sugarcane.
This was the beginning of slavery on the island. Slaves from West Africa worked on these plantations. Antigua became known as the English Harbourtown for its great location in the Caribbean. In the prime minister was Vere Bird. His son was removed from the public office for arms trafficking.
The country also was having problems with money laundering. One of the worst things that happened to Antigua was in when the US Securities and Exchange Commission charged their biggest investor, Sir Allen Stanford, of investment fraud.
The island is known as a tourist location, but the island suffered damaged after Hurricane Luis and Hurricane Georgesand a lack of tourist after September 11 and the murder of a British couple on the island.
The hurricanes caused great damage and this can also be seen in the novel when she describes how great the library was before, but how the library was completely destroyed and left in rubble after the hurricane.
Antigua was not able to fully recover after the hurricanes. Kincaid explains how many people in office were charged with all forms of corruption. Antigua was never able to recover to become what it used to be under the British government.
They lack money and uncorrupt political officials. A Small Place is a polemic, "an enraged essay about racism and corruption in Antigua. Furthermore, the tourist industry is linked to a global economic system that ultimately does not translate into benefits for the very Antiguans who enable it.
The tourist may experience the beauty on the surface of Antigua while being wholly ignorant of the actual political and social conditions that the Antiguan tourism industry epitomizes and reinforces. In effect, the industry recolonizes Antigua by placing locals at a disenfranchised and subservient position in a global economic system that ultimately does not serve them.
See Wikipedia's guide to writing better articles for suggestions. She uses her anger about the situation as a way to definitively inform readers about the postcolonial Antiguan daily life.
Being an enraged essay focusing on racism and the effects of colonialism, some people account for the most consistent and striking aspect of her work to be what critic Susan Sontag calls her "emotional truthfulness". Sontag describes Kincaid's writing as "poignant, but it's poignant because it's so truthful and it's so complicated.
She doesn't treat these things in a sentimental or facile way. According to Jamaica Kincaid: Writing Memory, Writing Back to the Mother she was not only banned unofficially for five years from her home country but she voiced concerns that had she gone back in that time, she worried she would be killed.
There can really be no difficulty with that, but I do not see why Caribbean people should admire her for denigrating our small place in this destructively angry fashion. Understanding Jamaica Kincaid ed. University of South Carolina Press. Britain And The Americas: Culture, Political, And History: BBC, 20 June New York Times on the Web.
Retrieved March 22, Jamaica Kincaid and a Methodology of Connection. Some Perspectives on the Ordinary. Jamaica Kincaid's A Small Place.History and Ethnic Relations Emergence of the Nation. The emergence of Antigua and Barbuda as an independent nation was the result of the confluence of a number of international currents with the local struggles for decolonization.
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3 • LANGUAGE English is the official language of Antigua and Barbuda, but most inhabitants speak a dialect that is based on standard English combined with African expressions and local slang. Jamaica Kincaid’s "A Small Place," is a simple memoir with enormous value.
Kincaid begins her long essay, in second person perspective, by inviting the reader to visualize Antigua and describing what one might see and think as you are driving down the street.