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The Resource Dead woman pickney : a memoir of childhood in Jamaica, Yvonne Shorter Brown

Dead woman pickney : a memoir of childhood in Jamaica, Yvonne Shorter Brown

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Dead woman pickney : a memoir of childhood in Jamaica
Title
Dead woman pickney
Title remainder
a memoir of childhood in Jamaica
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Yvonne Shorter Brown
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Dead Woman Pickney chronicles life stories of growing up in Jamaica from 1943 to 1965 and contains both personal experience and history, told with stridency and humour. The author's coming of age parallels the political stages of Jamaica's moving from the richest Crown colony of Great Britain to an independent nation within the British Commonwealth of Nations. Taking up the haunting memories of childhood, along with her astonishment at persistent racial marginalization, both locally and globally, the author sets out to construct a narrative that at once explains her own origins in the former slave society of Jamaica and traces the outsider status of Africa and its peoples. The author's quest to understand the absence of her mother and her mother's people from her life is at the heart of this narrative. The title, Dead Woman Pickney, is in Jamaican patois, and its meaning unfolds throughout the narrative. It begins with the author's childhood question of what a mother is, followed by the realization of the vulnerability of a child without its mother's protection. The term "pickney" was the name for slave children on sugar plantations, and post-emancipation the term was retained for the descendants of enslaved Africans and the children of black women fathered by slavers. The author struggles through her life to discover the identity of her mother in the face of silence from her father's brutal family. A wonderful resource for teachers of history, social studies, cultural studies, and literature, this work could be used as a starting point to discuss issues of diasporic identities, colonialism, racism, impact of slavery, and Western imperialism around the world. It is also an engaging read for those interested in memoir and life writing
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Brown, Yvonne Shorter
Dewey number
972.92/05092
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Life writing series
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  • Brown, Yvonne Shorter
  • Brown, Yvonne Shorter
  • Racially mixed children
  • Maternal deprivation
  • College teachers
  • Jamaica
  • Jamaica
  • Jamaica
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adult
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Dead woman pickney : a memoir of childhood in Jamaica, Yvonne Shorter Brown
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online resource
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rdacarrier.
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
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MWT12147312
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unknown
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1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781554582747
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia.
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  • c
Publisher number
MWT12147312
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remote
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12147312
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Dead woman pickney : a memoir of childhood in Jamaica, Yvonne Shorter Brown
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT12147312
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781554582747
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT12147312
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
12147312
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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