Kincaid Conventions

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It shows how Kincaid modifies the conventions of the European genre. Converting the forms of the traditional genre slightly, she offers “her own counter narrative to ‘progressive development’ and ‘coherent identity’” says Lima (858). The study approves Lima’s opinion that: The set of available narrative conventions that allows a Western novelist to constitute her character’s subjectivity does not serve as a model for the life-history of a girl growing up in a primarily female-centered world in Antigua before independence. Kincaid reconstructs the bildungsroman by transforming its narrative values. Lucy does not conform to the structural model for the genre that Susan Suleiman identifies: she does not seem to evolve from ignorance (of self) into knowledge (of self). She does not move from passivity to action. (Lima 859)…show more content…
I can’t bear to be in a group of any kind, or in the school of anything” (401). Some critics see her reconstructed and revised genre as a form of resistance. In spite of the fact, she has created more strong, ambitious, aggressive, and passionate Caribbean young female protagonists as Annie and Lucy, in contrast to her European counterparts. Although their puberty was not sweet as they expected, their childhood is so beautiful and exciting, for sure. I would like to conclude this study with Geta Leseur’s expression that: Growing up is indeed, “a pain.” But the universality of the experience enriches us, especially when the experience is somebody else’s. If only we could be like Indigo rescuing her dolls from growing up, what a blessing or pity that would be: then, in discussing our growing-up experiences we could tell our children that they don’t “haventa” because we “can save them.”
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