African Diasporic Short Fiction Criticism: Major Caribbean Authors Of The African Diaspora - Essay

Sarah Lawson Welsh (essay date 1999)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Welsh, Sarah Lawson. “Pauline Melville's Shape-Shifting Fictions.” In Caribbean Women Writers, edited by Mary Condè and Thorunn Lonsdale, pp. 144-71. New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc., 1999.

[In the following essay, Welsh cogitates Pauline Melville's particular status as a Guyanese of mixed-race ancestry through a theoretically informed examination of her collection of stories, Shape-shifter.]

Cross-cultural texts of such societies as Guyana … continually inscribe difference and transformation on landscape and on human form, literally … in the features and voices of man, woman and child.1


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Marie-José N'Zengou-Tayo (essay date 2000)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: N'Zengou-Tayo, Marie-José. “Rewriting Folklore: Traditional Beliefs and Popular Culture in Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak!MaComère 3 (2000): 123-40.

[In the following essay, N'Zengou-Tayo investigates how Edwidge Danticat utilizes traditional Haitian stories and beliefs in her work.]

In the last pages of Breath, Eyes, Memory, Edwidge Danticat, through Sophie Caco, gives us a hint about the part played by Haitian popular culture in her creative imagination: “Listening to the song, I realized that it was neither my mother nor Tante Atie who had given all the mother-and-daughter motifs to all the stories they...

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Thelma B. Thompson-Deloatch (essay date 2000)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Thompson-Deloatch, Thelma B. “Conflicting Concepts of Time and Space: Narrative Technique in Selected Short Fiction of Olive Senior.” MaComère 3 (2000): 141-52.

[In the following essay, Thompson-Deloatch regards Olive Senior's Summer Lightning as a combination of Eurocentric and African styles and thematic concerns, focusing on her treatment of time and space in the short stories in the collection.]

“I have lost my place, or my place has deserted me.”1

Summer Lightning, a collection of ten short stories by Jamaican fiction-writer Olive Senior, presents itself polysemously as a...

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Jana Evans Braziel (essay date autumn 2001)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Braziel, Jana Evans. “Jamaica Kincaid's ‘In the Night’: Jablesse, Obeah, and Diasporic Alterrains in At the Bottom of the River.” Journal X 6, no. 1 (autumn 2001): 79-104.

[In the following essay, Braziel asserts that Jamaica Kincaid's utilization of Obeah, a Caribbean diasporic religion, in “In the Night” “is linked to contemporary Caribbean diasporas and the traversal of spaces, times, and cultures that such migration enacts.”]

Jamaica Kincaid's first book, published in 1983, was a collection of short stories entitled At the Bottom of the River. Composed of ten interlocking short stories, seven first published in the New...

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