SAMPLE READING LIST: Caribbean Fiction by Women


This field focuses upon Caribbean women's literary discourse in the second half of the twentieth century. The list concentrates primarily on those writers from the English and French speaking Caribbean. Attention will be paid to each work in terms of its literary, historical and political contexts with specific focus on the articulation of racial, sexual, gender, ethnic, class and national identities.



Julia Alvarez
— In the Time of the Butterflies (1994)
Michelle Cliff
— Claiming an Identity They Taught Me to Despise (1980)
— Abeng (1984)
— No Telephone to Heaven (1987)
— Free Enterprise (1993)
Maryse Condé
— Hérémakhonon (1982)
— Tree of Life (1987)
— Crossing the Mangrove (1989)
Anne-Christine D'Adesky
— Under the Bone (1994)
Edwidge Danticat
— Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994)
Zee Edgell
— Beka Lamb (1982)
— In Times Like These (1991)
Merle Hodge
— Crick Crack, Monkey (1970)
Jamaica Kincaid
— At The Bottom of the River (1978)
— Annie John (1983)
— A Small Place (1988)
— Lucy (1990)
— Autobiography of My Mother (1996)
Audre Lorde
— Zami (1982)
Patricia Powell
— Small Gathering of Bones (1994)
Jean Rhys
— Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)
Joan Riley
— The Unbelonging (1985)
— Waiting in the Twilight (1987)
Simone Swartz-Bart
— The Bridge of Beyond (1972)
Myriam Warner-Vieyra
— As the Sorcerer Said (1980)



A. James Arnold (ed)
— A History of Literature in the Caribbean (vol. 3) (1997) (selected)
Joan Addo (ed)
— Framing the World: Gender and Genre in Caribbean Women's Writing (1996) (selected)
Kathleen Balutansky & Marie-Agnès Sourieau (eds)
— Caribbean Creolization: Reflections on the Cultural Dynamics of Language, Literature, and Identity (1998) (selected)
Antonio Benitez-Rojo
— The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective (1992) (selected)
Jean Bernabe et al
— Éloge de la Créolité (1989)
Selwyn Cudjoe
— Caribbean Women Writers (1990)
Carol Boyce Davies
— Black Women Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject (1994)
Carol Boyce Davies & Elaine Savory Fido (eds)
— Out of the Kumbla: Caribbean Women Writers and Literature (1990)
Edouard Glissant
— Caribbean Discourse: Selected Essays (1981)
— Poetics of Relation (1990)
Françoise Lionnet
— Postcolonial Representations: Women Literature Identity (1995)
Pierre Nora
— 'Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire' (1989)
Marlene Nourbese Philip
— 'The Absence of Writing or How I Almost Became a Spy'
Judith Raiskin
— Snow on the Canefields: Women's Writing and Creole Subjectivity (1996) (selected)
Ileana Rodriguez
— House Garden Nation: Space Gender and Ethnicity in Post-Colonial Literatures by Women (1994) (selected)
Gayatri Spivak
— 'Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism' (1985)
Consuelo Springfield (ed)
— Daughters of Caliban: Caribbean Women in the Twentieth Century (1997) (selected)