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Jackie Kay’s encounter with double consciousness and religion



Darroch F (2013) Jackie Kay’s encounter with double consciousness and religion. The Critical Religion Association - Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion [Website content] 30.10.2013.

First paragraph: Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh in the 1960s to a Nigerian father, and a white mother from the Highlands. She was adopted by a white couple who were active members of the Communist party. And she is a graduate of, and holds an honorary doctorate from, the University of Stirling. She is the author of novels such as The Trumpet (Picador: London, 1998) and collections of poetry such as The Adoption Papers (Bloodaxe Books: Northumberland, 1991). She has recently published her witty and heartfelt memoirs, Red Dust Road (Picador: London, 2001), about her upbringing and being reunited with her birth parents. The opening chapter is an amusing account of her first meeting with her birth father in a hotel room in Nigeria, which raises fascinating questions about ‘religion’, and identity.

Christian; double consciousness; Glasgow; Jackie Kay; Nigeria; Scotland; Vijay Mishra; W. E. B. DuBois;

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Publication date online30/10/2013
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PublisherThe Critical Religion Association

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Dr Fiona Darroch
Dr Fiona Darroch

Lecturer, Literature and Languages - Division