This Thursday evening, October 2nd, at 8:00pm, writer and Harvard professor Jamaica Kincaid will deliver the English department’s annual Frances Stelloff Lecture.
This year’s Stelloff Lecture, which has previously been delivered by writers-of-books-you’ve-really-been-meaning-to-read like Jonathan Franzen and Zadie Smith, will feature Kincaid’s talk on “The Writer in Her World,” in addition to a Q&A session and book signing.
An Antiguan native, Kincaid has written a number of critically-acclaimed novels and memoirs, including Lucy, At The Bottom of the River, Autobiography of My Mother, Mr. Potter and A Small Place. Her work is consistently praised for its deft and brave exploration of difficult and controversial subject matter, specifically colonialism and issues of race, gender, and sexuality. In her review of Kincaid’s most recent novel See Then Now, Marie Arana of The Washington Post said the following of the novel–and Kincaid’s work in general:
Much of what we have come to expect from Kincaid is in evidence in…her rage against the Colonial spirit, a spirit that lives on in hierarchies based on skin color; her conviction that a separate world history can be told by women; her faith that the most important events we experience are hidden in small acts, seemingly inconsequential moments that define our humanity.
Kincaid is also a rather polarizing figure in the literary world, and plenty have criticized her writing style for being too “angry” and “simplistic.” So I’m sure the lecture will yield a tastily infuriating–yet interesting–tidbit or two.
The lecture will start at 8:00pm, and you’re guaranteed to be a more cultured person if you go. And bring a book or piece of paper for her to sign. Better yet, bring that essay you wrote about her for your EN110 class. I’m sure she’d love to read it.