Austin Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Short Story Criticism)


Baugh, Edward. “Friday in Crusoe's City: The Question of Language in the West Indian Novel of Exile.” ACLALS Bulletin 5 (1980): 1–12.

Addresses the role of language in West Indian novels.

Birbalsingh, Frank. “Austin Clarke: Caribbean-Canadians.” Frontiers of Caribbean Literatures in English Frontiers. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996, pp. 86–105.

Traces Clarke's Caribbean and Canadian roots and influences.

Darthorne, O. R. The Literature of the Black Man in the Caribbean. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981.

Discusses Caribbean literature.

Manguel, Alberto. “Strangers Without Roots.” Maclean's 98, No. 17 (29 April 1985): 58.

Notes Clarke's ability to portray memorable characters who struggle to retain a sense of identity in When Women Rule.

Mishrahi-Barak, Judith. “The Cityscape in a Few Caribbean-Canadian Short Stories.” Journal of the Short Story in English 31 (Autumn 1998): 9–22.

Examines the use of the urban setting in Clarke's short stories as an expression of both isolation and survival.

Wesley, Valerie Wilson. Review of Nine Men Who Laughed. New York Times Book Review (23 August 1987): 16–7.

Criticizes Nine Men Who Laughed for its one-dimensional characters, yet also praises its depiction of lives rarely examined.

Additional coverage of Clarke's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Black Literature Criticism, Vol. 1; Black Writers, Vol. 1; Contemporary Authors, Vol. 25, 28R; Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Vol. 16; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 14, 32, 68; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vols. 8, 53; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 53, 125; DISCovering Authors: Canadian; and DISCovering Authors Modules: Multicultural.