Monday, 31 August 2015

My new publication: Reading/Speaking/Writing the Mother Text

I am proud to have a chapter on the black British author Andrea Levy and her literary portrayal of motherhood and maternal figures in this newly published edited volume entitled  Reading/Speaking/Writing the Mother Text: Essays on Caribbean Women’s Writing, edited by Paula Sanmartin and Cristina Herrera.  The book has just been published by Demeter Press, a Canadian feminist publisher specialising in interdisciplinary work on motherhood studies.  

The volume contains insightful and compelling readings of Caribbean women's writing. As Jocelyn Fenton Stitt, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, says in her review and recommendation of Reading/Speaking/Writing the Mother Text: Essays on Caribbean Women's Writing:  "This book begins an overdue conversation about how representations of motherhood and family in literary works by Caribbean women connect issues of history, race, memory, nation, and violence."  Here is a picture of the fantastic cover of Reading/Speaking/Writing the Mother Text: Essays on Caribbean Women's Writing:


My chapter is called '“My Mama Had a Story”:  Mothers and Intergenerational Relations in Andrea Levy’s Fiction.'  In it, I examine the multi-faceted portrayal of motherhood and maternal characters in selected novels by Andrea Levy, and investigate Levy's representation of maternal dimensions alongside evolving Caribbean, diasporic and black British identities.  

I have long been an admirer of Andrea Levy's fiction, and look forward with much anticipation to the publication of her next novel.  To me, she is one of the most interesting and poignant literary voices around.  Her fiction has done so much to draw attention to the role and significance of Caribbean and black British men and women throughout history.  My chapter examines the complex manner in which Levy uses the theme of motherhood to trace hitherto neglected Caribbean and black British women's histories and perspectives.  My chapter in this book forms a part of my long-standing scholarly interest in postcolonialism and maternal perspectives and adds to my range of publications in this field.

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