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Jamaica Kincaid is an African-American author of West Indian ancestry.  She is known for her novels and short stories that describe growing up on the Caribbean islands.  Kincaid’s short story “Girl” comes from her 1983 collection entitled At the Bottom of the River.  “Girl” concerns admonitions that a mother gives to her daughter about proper feminine behavior.

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Term

  • Kincaid, Jamaica  (Books – Exact Phrase – East Campus)

Call Number for Browsing the Shelves

  • PR9275 .A583

Circulating Books and Materials – A Selected List

  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.).  Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Jamaica Kincaid (New Ed.). 2008.

                  Call Number:  PR9275 .A583 K565 2008

  •  Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth.  Jamaica Kincaid: A Critical Companion. 1999.

                  Call Number:  PR9275 .A583 K566 1999

  • Simmons, Diane.  Jamaica Kincaid. 1994.

                 Call Number:  PR9275 .A583 K567 1994

Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism. Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o Volume 43,  pages 247-250

o Volume 137,  pages  162-164, 169, 172, 174

  • Encyclopedia of American Literature.Call Number:  REF PS21 .E53 1999

o Pages 621-622

  •  Masterplots II: Short Story Series.Call Number:  REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o Volume 3,  pages 1515-1517

  • Short Stories for Students. Call Number:  REF PN3330 .S386

o Volume 7,  pages 84-98

  •  Short Story Criticism. Call Number:  REF PN3321 .S5

o Volume 72,  pages 266-330

Research Databases

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literary Reference Center Plus
  • Literature Resources from Gale
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega 
  • Virtual Reference Library (Use Basic Search. Type in Girl and Kincaid on the search bar.)

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