The Role of Women on Antigua Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The Role of Women on Antigua
A review of the history and perceptions of feminist author Jamaica Kincaid, in respect to the role of women on the island of Antigua.
# 37760 | 1,650 words | 10 sources | APA | 2002 | US

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This paper presents a biography of Jamaica Kincaid and then describes the conditions of the island of Antigua, as well as those on the African mainland, that relate to the social position of women. The paper presents excerpts of Kincaid's writing that demonstrate her perspective of the women's role in a post- colonial society. The paper highlights the position of women on Antigua during the period of colonization and demonstrate how men and women on Antigua had sharply different lifestyles.

A Biography of Jamaica Kincaid
The Island of Antigua
Women in Kincaid's Writings

From the Paper:

"Jamaica Kincaid was born on the island of Antigua in 1949. Her birth- name was Elaine Potter Richardson, which she changed in 1973 when her family disproved of her writing on controversial issues that pertained to their country. Jamaica Kincaid had an education unlike that provided to most of the women on the island: In 1965, after she had finished with the local school system, her parents sent her to Westchester, New York, to work as an au pair (nanny). She was able to adapt her schooling in Westchester, and when she returned to Antigua she was able to complete her high school education.
"Jamaica Kincaid returned to New York to study photography at the New York School for Social Research. During this time, she was allowed to spend a year studying at Franconia College in New Hampshire, where she began writing articles for magazines. Soon after, Kincaid switched her focus from non- fiction to fiction writing and began working on short stories that were reminiscent of her childhood on Antigua. Her works eventually began to address the conditions of women's lives on Antigua and in Africa, and Jamaica Kincaid took her rightful place among the progressive female writers of the Twentieth Century."

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