ABSTRACT

Indeed, while Cliff and Kincaid have both told stories of themselves, their postures as storytellers allow for the audience's varied interpretations of their rhetorical performances. The visible degrees of comfort that they have achieved with the selves they have narrated, the ways in which each woman writer has made herself at home in the role of raconteuse, shapes the listener's response. Nevertheless, Cliff and Kincaid are also the subjects of these stories and, accordingly, participate in the wiliness of folk heroes such as Ti Jean and Brer Anancy who populate Caribbean folklore. In the simultaneous occupation of the space of character and narrator, the artfulness of the raconteuse merges with the cunning of the folk protagonist and the resultant impenetrability accordingly provokes the reader into new

questions. Specifically, have Cliff and Kincaid found lasting homes for their identities? If so, where are these homes and what shapes do they assume? More particularly, are they at home in those new homes? Finally, are readers persuaded by these various performances of identity and do we expect these constructions of home to be sufficient to the subjectivities that these two women writers espouse?