Gendering Time in Globalization: The Belatedness of the Other Woman and Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy

Betty JosephRice University
Vol. 21, No. 1 (Spring 2002), 67-83

This essay unravels the time lag between modern Euro-American capitalism and non-North Atlantic nations, hence also between the feminist model of the female subject within metropolitan capitalism and the belated Other, often a migratory working woman. Focusing on an interview with a conservative politician in India and on Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy, the essay details two responses to regional failures perceived by otherwise triumphalist globalists: the first, a nationalist-culturalist one, which, understanding culture merely as the eroding of religious and social values, inevitably finds itself leaning toward the moral and sexual  policing of women; the second, an alternative narrativization of the time lag, may allow feminists to conceptualize alternatives to the universalist categories that are becoming hegemonic (timeless) under globalization.

Mary Wollstonecraft Sojourner Truth Margaret Atwood Abigail Adams Amy Tan H.D. Simone de Beauvoir Zora Neale Hurston Frances Burney Virginia Woolf

"The white saxifrage with the indented leafe is moste commended for the breakinge of the Stone."

— Turner, Herbal, III, 68 [1568]