Performing Delusional Evil: Jamaica Kincaid’s The Autobiography of My Mother

  • Rebecca RomdhaniEmail author
Part of the New Caribbean Studies book series (NCARS)


Through locating the instances of unreliable narration and scrutinizing the mode and performative nature of the narrator’s account in Jamaica Kincaid’s The Autobiography of My Mother (1996), this essay argues that the novel exposes the pathology of colonialism. More precisely, by reading the novel alongside David Scott’s description of what would constitute a moral and reparatory history, and Kehinde Andrews’s work on the psychosis of whiteness, the essay suggests that Kincaid’s text constructs the history that Scott advocates and reveals the psychology that allows the legacy of slavery and colonialism to continue.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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