Olive Senior Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Short Story Criticism)


Beittel, Mark, and Giovanna Covi. “Talking of Households: Olive Senior's Postcolonial Identities.” In Nationalism vs. Internationalism: (Inter)National Dimensions of Literatures in English, edited by Wolfgang Zach and Ken L. Goodwin, pp. 389-97. Tubingen, Germany: Stauffenburg, 1996.

Explores Senior's treatment of family dynamics in her works.

Donnell, Alison. “The Short Fiction of Olive Senior.” In Caribbean Women Writers: Fiction in English, pp. 117-43. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.

Offers a thematic and stylistic overview of Senior's short fiction.

Goddard, Horace I. Review of Discerner of Hearts and Other Stories, by Olive Senior. Kola 12, no. 1 (winter 2000): 61-2.

Favorable evaluation of Discerner of Hearts.

Morgan, Paula. “East/West Indian/Woman/Other: At the Crossroads of Gender and Ethnicity.” MaComère 3 (2000): 107-22.

Examines the portrayal of women in Arrival of the Snake-Woman, contending that “Senior raises salient issues that are being negotiated even today.”

Renk, Kathleen J. “The Holy Family in the Colonial Garden.” In Caribbean Shadows and Victorian Ghosts: Woman's Writing and Decolonization, pp. 80-3. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999.

Elucidates the troubled father-daughter relationship at the heart of Senior's story “Bright Thursdays.”

Senior, Olive, and Kwame Dawes. “Olive Senior.” In Talk Yuh Talk: Interviews with Anglophone Caribbean Poets, edited by Kwame Dawes, pp. 73-85. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2001.

Senior discusses the major themes of her poetry and fiction, her preference for writing poetry, and the major influences on her work.

Senior, Olive, and Marlies Glaser. “‘A Shared Culture’: An Interview with Olive Senior.” Matatu, no. 12 (1994): 77-84.

Senior reflects on her use of oral and scribal traditions, her recollections of Jamaican village life, and the political aspects of her work.

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

Argues that Summer Lightning incorporates “conflicting concepts of time, place, and space as a unifying motif.”

Additional coverage of Senior's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Black Writers, Ed. 3; Contemporary Authors, Vol. 154; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 86, 126; Contemporary Novelists, Ed. 7; Contemporary Poets, Ed. 7; Contemporary Women Poets; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 157; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, Ed. 3; Literature Resource Center, and Reference Guide to Short Fiction, Ed. 2.