(Im)Perfect memories in Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn Cover Image

(Im)Perfect memories in Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn
(Im)Perfect memories in Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn

Author(s): Magdalena Łapińska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, American Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku
Keywords: memory; childhood; grief; death; loss; African American literature

Summary/Abstract: The article entitled “(Im)Perfect Memories in Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn” explores the fallibility of memory as presented in Another Brooklyn, a novel by an African American author Jacqueline Woodson. The text presents the idea that personal memories change due to the passage of time along with the new experiences of an individual, and relates it to the studied novel. Special attention is given to different dimensions of grief and loss presented in the analyzed story. The mourning after the loss of loved ones is explored through the use of concepts such as Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’ five stages of grief, the selective amnesia and the idea of continuing bonds. The process of growing up is also briefly considered as a mourning process over losing the innocence and safety provided by childhood. Further, the article presents the hardships of growing up without a mother in an unsafe neighbourhood, the loss of vital friendships and the search of a better life - all introduced through the recollections which occurred after a significant passage of time and the accumulation of experiences which lend themselves to the change of the mindset of the main character.

  • Issue Year: 2/2018
  • Issue No: XXX
  • Page Range: 155-165
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English