AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies Volume, 1 Number 2, May2017 Pp.51-62
Department of English Language and Literature, College of Languages and Translation,
Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Jamaica Kincaid’s novel Lucy is an artist novel whose eponymous protagonist breaks away from such forces as colonial and patriarchal mores, which eventually contributes to her construction of her own hybrid identity and inaugurates her maturity. This struggle is established perfectly well through Lucy’s apparent resistance to the constraints primarily imposed on her race and gender at home by both her mother and the Eurocentric society on the one hand and the androcentric and racist society she encounters in diaspora on the other hand. Surprisingly enough, Lucy, who is chastened towards the end of the book, creates her rite of passage towards development and independence through her valiant efforts to overcome such confines at any cost. The aim of the present article is to analyse from a postcolonial perspective the protagonist’s quest for identity in diaspora, the obstacles she overcomes to do so and to what extent she is affected by her new culture. This is manifested through intertwining discussions of androcentrism, colonial and postcolonial rebellion with questions of identity, hybridity, diaspora and cultural displacement.
Youssef, M. Y. (2017). Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy as a Narrative of Exile and Identity. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies, 1(2).
Sayed Mohammed Youssef, PhD is currently an associate Professor of English literature at AlImam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has been teaching
fiction for both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Department of English Language
and Literature, College of Languages and Translation. His research interests include fiction.