Date of Award

6-11-2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Susan Comfort, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Lingyan Yang, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

David Downing, Ph.D.

Abstract

In this dissertation, “Jamaica Kincaid: A Multi-Dimensional Resistance to Colonialism,” I argue that colonialism, or its impact, as a relation of power is threaded through the related themes of gender/sexuality, the environment, and global capitalism in Jamaica Kincaid’s work – in other words I am interested in how the intersection of these themes enhances Kincaid’s critique of the impact of colonialism on the people of Antigua and the Anglophone African Caribbean. By colonialism or its impact, I refer to the structural imposition directly or indirectly of cultural, political, and economic control of the people of Antigua and the Anglophone African Caribbean. The major contribution of my study to the field is the identification, through a postcolonial materialist feminist theory framework, of the intersections of these themes and how that makes clearer many of the subtleties that often leave foggy the impact of colonialism on Antigua and the Caribbean.

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