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What I Have Been Doing Lately


First published in the Paris Review in 1981, “What I Have Been Doing Lately” was later included in Jamaica Kincaid’s first book of short stories At the Bottom of the River which came out in 1983.  In an elliptical narrative that begins with ‘What I have been doing lately’ the unnamed woman narrator recounts her adventures, fantasies, and daydreams.  The themes of departure and loss, reality versus fantasy, and the relationship and longing that the narrator feels for her mother, form the core elements of this story.



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  •  PR9275 .A583
  •  PR9205 – PR9215
  • PS648 .S5
  • PS374 .S5 C57 2001



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). Jamaica Kincaid. 1998.

                         Call Number: PR9275 .A583 K565 1998

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

                          Call Number: PR9275 .A583 K566 1999



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Kincaid, Jamaica
  • Kincaid, Jamaica – Criticism and Interpretation
  • Women and Literature – Antigua – History – 20th Century



Reference Materials


  • Black Literature CriticismCall Number: REF PS153 .N5 B556 1992

o   Vol. 2, pg. 1172

  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 43, pg. 248

o   Vol. 137, pg. 143

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 4, pg. 1365

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 5, pg. 335-349



Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.


  •  Literature Resources from Gale



This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.


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