Cynthia Pittmann's PhD dissertation research blog on everything related to the writer Jamaica Kincaid and autobiography - including internet exchanges, posts, videos and comments about the author and issues related to autobiography.
"Jamaica Kincaid will present “The Writer in Her World,” the annual
Frances Steloff Lecture/Reading at Skidmore College Thursday, Oct. 2,
at 8 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall. Admission is free
and open to the public.
She will receive an honorary doctorate of letters from Skidmore
President Phillip Glotzbach. Following her presentation she will respond
to audience questions and participate in a book signing."
“I have this view of writing as something I’d die for,” Kincaid, an
African and African American studies professor in residence, said during
a panel Tuesday helping to kick off the three-day Harvard LitFest.
“I want to write in the way prophets want to do something. I never knew
people could become rich writing, but I wanted to write and I just did
it." ~Jamaica Kincaid
Jamaica Kincaid is the author of a dozen books of literary nonfiction and fiction, including: Mr. Potter; My Brother; Autobiography of My Mother; Lucy; Annie John; and At The Bottom of the River. Her forthcoming novel See Now Then will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2012. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Hebrew, and many other languages. Her influence as a writer is of extraordinary breadth and reach. “Kincaid is probably the most important West Indian woman writing today,” according to Frank Birbalisingh (Contemporary African American Novelists). Kincaid grew up in Antigua and came of age as writer in New York. Themes of gender, colonialism, and class all inform her writing. Her work is highly lyrical as well as sharp and un-sentimental, a combination that has made her one of the most interesting writers of our time. Kincaid’s honors include memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix Femina Etranger (France) along with eleven honorary degrees. For over twenty years Kincaid was a staff writer at The New Yorker, where her legendary short prose texts for “The Talk of The Town” later appeared as the collected volume Talk Stories. Kincaid is currently on leave from Harvard University, where she has taught since 1992 in African American Studies and in the Department of English. She is currently the Josephine Olp Weeks Chair and Professor of Literature at Claremont McKenna College.