A Small Place in Wisconsin
During the 2018-2019 Great World Texts in Wisconsin program, teachers and students throughout the state will read Jamaica Kincaid's A Small Place.
A Small Place is a work of non-fiction that explores the island of Antigua where Kincaid grew up, but from the perspective of a tourist. As we are introduced to the beautiful landscapes and colorful characters of the island, Kincaid uses her sharp and humorous voice to open our eyes to the legacy of Antigua's British colonial history and how it lives on in the tourism industry today. Published in 1988, only seven years after Antigua became an independent nation, Kincaid's book became a lightning rod for discussions about globalization, Caribbean nationalism, postcolonial history, and the parameters of creative non-fiction.
We encourage teachers and students in Wisconsin to read along with us and ask ourselves the questions that A Small Place invites. What has happened in small places such as Antigua? What is our personal and national impact on such places? Ultimately, what is our responsibility to these small places? And where are the small places in our own state, and how are they transforming?
Call for Applications
Applications are now closed for Jamaica Kincaid's A Small Place. We will make the teaching guide available on the web site in August/September for all those who would still like to teach this text during the year.
Annual Student Conference - Monday April 8, 2019
Jamaica Kincaid is the Antiguan-American author of twelve books, including the award-winning Annie John, Lucy, and Mr. Potter. She is Professor of African and African American Studies in Residence at Harvard University. For twenty years, she was a staff writer at the New Yorker and her columns have been collected in the volume Talk Stories.
Kincaid will meet with students at the Annual Great World Texts Conference on Monday April 8, 2019, and will also deliver a public lecture that evening as part of the Center for the Humanities' "Humanities Without Boundaries" speaker series.