Bahamian womanspeak: The Caribbean connection

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)



First Committee Member

Sandra Pouchet Paquet - Committee Chair


This dissertation seeks to contribute to the scholarship on Bahamian literature generally and Bahamian women's literature in particular. The study provides as a meaningful context for the critical evaluation of Bahamian women's literature, the cultural specificity of Anglophone Caribbean literature to which it bears close relation. The dissertation contends that Bahamian women's literature is not a body of literature separate or disjunct from Caribbean literature. It posits the inclusion of Bahamian women's literature in Caribbean women's literary space through first delineating correspondences of historical experience represented in non-fictional and fictional texts. It examines the mythologizing and demythologizing texts of colonial women in The Bahamas and the larger Caribbean. It reads texts by Mary and Henrietta Kelsall, Mary Seacole, and Mary Prince. Subsequently, through a nexus of postcolonial, feminist, and gender theories the study demonstrates the mutuality of thematic issues and interrogations in contemporary women's writings of the Anglophone Caribbean and The Bahamas. It focuses on their representation of modernity's problematic legacies, specifically modernist categories of identity such as gender, sex and nation. Although it acknowledges differences, the dissertation makes clear the linkages between Caribbean women writers represented by Jamaica Kincaid and Michelle Cliff, and their Bahamian counterparts, Marion Bethel, Susan Wallace, Telcine Turner and Patricia Glinton-Meicholas. It emphasizes their shared intellectual interests. It re-members Bahamian women's literature in the Caribbean literary space.


Literature, Caribbean; Women's Studies

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