This first full-length study of Grace Nichols’s writing combines feminist and postcolonial reading strategies and places her work in both a Caribbean and black British context.
Description: The first full-length study of Grace Nichols’s work. Rather than seeing Nichols’s ‘Caribbeaness’ and ‘Britishness’ as dual affiliations, simplistically opposed, it argues that Nichols’s writing is more productively read in terms of a series of border-crossings. Nichols’s major female protagonists are seen as epic journeyers travelling, literally and imaginatively, across different cultural and psychic landscapes. It also shows how Nichols’s poetry explored the boundaries of race, class and gender. A part of the lived experience of being a black woman in Britain. Specific focuses include the critical neglect of black British women’s writing, the problems and potentialities of different feminist reading strategies; the role of rewriting history and revisioning myth in Nichols’s poetry and the nature of diaspora, cultural hybridity and the complex meaning of ‘home’ for the migrant writer.
Author: Lawson Welsh, Sarah