Transmogrifying Home in Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John and Kacen Callender’s Hurricane Child

Giselle Liza Anatol, University of Kansas, United States

Kacen Callender’s 2018 novel for adolescent readers, Hurricane Child, illustrates how literature for young people can be employed to leverage formidable critiques against European colonial ideologies and the neocolonial policies in the contemporary United States. This paper explores Callender’s re-visioning of Jamaica Kincaid’s semiautobiographical Annie John (1985) and ways that the two novels push past easy definitions as bildungsromane and home as haven for the nuclear family to comment on the tourist industry as a continuation of colonial systems of domination.

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