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What I Have Been Doing Lately Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

Kellett has taught Developmental Writing and tutored at the Fullerton Writing Center at California State University. She is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature, with an emphasis on Caribbean Literature. In the following essay, she attempts to decipher the meaning of Kincaid's "What I Have Been Doing Lately" by examining it "through the lens of alchemy."

After one quick read through of "What I Have Been Doing Lately," the average intelligent reader may be perplexed at best. What on earth could Kincaid mean by all of this? Such a response would not be rare, indeed some of those who have praised Kincaid's work have also noted that at times her stories tend to "move forward to a logic which is essentially private" (David Leavitt in the Village Voice). In her article "At the Bottom of the River: Journey of Mourning," Diane Simmons notes Edith...

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