Jamaica Kincaid: Annie John (2634 words)


Annie John, the Antiguan-American writer Jamaica Kincaid’s first novel, was published in book form in 1985, an earlier version having been published in serial form in The New Yorker magazine in 1983-4. The story of a young girl growing up in Antigua, Annie John, like Kincaid’s later work and unlike much Caribbean fiction, is written entirely in Standard English. The story is told in Annie’s first person narration in precise, expressive prose that describes events in the life of an only child and the way she feels about herself and her interaction with others while also providing a critique of colonial education. Given that Annie John draws on Kincaid’s own childhood experiences …

Citation: Dodgson-Katiyo, Pauline. "Annie John". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 April 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=6574, accessed 29 October 2020.]

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