Inlämning av Examensarbete / Submission of Thesis

Therese Larsson , pp. 26. TKS/Medieteknik, 2004.

The work

Författare / Author: Therese Larsson
Titel / Title: The strong connection between anger and the concept of a torn identity in Jamaica Kincaid's "A Small Place".
Abstrakt Abstract:

The essay is a literary analysis of Jamaica Kincaid's "A Small Place", which is a novel that essentially deals with colonialism and tourism on the postcolonial island of Antigua. It is an extremely fascinating as well as interesting book, but above all, different, especially in the way it is written. For instance, there are no characters, but instead, the author puts an emphasis on the three pronouns "I", "you" and "they". The "I" is a representation of the narrator, while the "you" is a representaion of the tourist as well as the colonizer (the white superior). The "they" is a representaion of the native (the black inferior). Furthermore, one of the most striking features of the novel is the anger of the narrator. This anger is especially expressed through the use of the three pronouns. A particularly antagonistic relationship is created between the "I" and the "you", while the "they" is treated a bit differently. In order to be able to analyze and understand what the function of this anger is, a postcolonial theory together with a feminist theory is applied. Also, a number of liteary theorists are brought up in the discussions of the different pronouns. The conclusion of the essay is that there is a strong connection between the anger and the "I". More specifically, the anger is a result of the torn "I", which becomes visible and stressed through the relationship with the other two pronouns, the "you" and the "they". Lastly, the "I" is a part of both the "you" and the "they", as if caught between two worlds and as a result frustration and anger is created.

Ämnesord / Subject: Humaniora - The Humanities\English

Nyckelord / Keywords: Identity, Ethnicity, Gender

Publication info

Dokument id / Document id:
Program:/ Programme Humanistiskt program
Registreringsdatum / Date of registration: 12/15/2004
Uppsatstyp / Type of thesis: D-Uppsats/Magister/Master


Handledare / Supervisor: Michael Davis
Organisation / Organisation: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Institution / School: TKS/Medieteknik
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