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?
Teaching Guide and Additional Resources
Teachers participating in the program receive the "Teaching Silent Spring in Wisconsin" curricular guide and supporting materials. They also attend an educator colloquium in September 2018, featuring talks by campus experts, workshopping activities and discussions, and cultural and curricular presentations. Our participating educators and students will join UW-Madison faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, Center staff and members of the public for the Great World Texts in Wisconsin's Annual Student Conference on Monday, April 8, 2019.
All teachers, present and future, are welcome to download the curricular guide and supporting materials below and use them in their classrooms.
Discussion Guide for Reading Groups
Reading groups at libraries, community organizations, and other spaces may use this three-page discussion guide we have distilled from our longer curricular guide. All are welcome to download the discussion guide below:
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.
In 2018-19, 32 schools from around the state will participate in A Small Place in Wisconsin.
A Small Place in Wisconsin is an initiative of the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, supported by the A. W. Mellon Foundation; the Evjue Foundation; UW-Madison Libraries; the Department of English; the Anonymous Fund of the College of Letters & Science; and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.