Women and Work: Caribbean Women's Narratives of Migration

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Kate Caccavaio, Michigan State University
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Belinda Edmondson makes a distinction between transatlantic migration of Caribbean male of the 1950s and 1960s and the hemispheric Caribbean migration of female writers a generation later. The male migration was marked by the "scholarship boys" who attended Oxbridge and the women of the 1970s and beyond migrated primarily for economic reasons. Are work and education valued in the same way and how do the gender implications effect this migration and the work of women? I invite papers that examine the works by women writers who try to balance their status as migrant workers and how these migrations effect their identity as Caribbean women for the 2009 Midwest Modern Language Association conference. Please send abstracts to Kate Caccavaio caccavai@msu.edu no later than June 1.