DISCUSS MERLE HODGE’S CRICK CRACK MONKEY AS A NOVEL DEALING WITH THE
CONFLICT OF CULTURES.
Merle Hodge born in 1944, in Trinidad is the daughter of an
immigration officer. After studying at the Bishop Anstey’s high school
of Trinidad, she obtained the Trinidad and Tobago Girls Island
Scholarship in 1962 which led her to the university college of London.
She obtained a degree in French and later in 1967 a Master Philosophy
degree. Merle Hodge traveled a lot in Eastern and Western Europe and
when she returned to Trinidad she started teaching French in junior
schools. Later she obtained a post of lecturer at the University of
the West Indies. In 1979, she started to work for the bishop regime
and she was appointed director of the development of curriculum. In
1983, she left Grenada because the bishop was assassinated and she is
now working for the Women and Development Studies at the University of
the West Indies in Trinidad.
She wrote the novel Crick Crack Monkey in 1970 where she deals with
the theme of childhood in the West Indies. The main protagonist called
Tee lives with Tantie who is a working class woman. She later goes to
live with her aunt Beatrice and she faces a new and different world
from that of her Caribbean world: “Hodge's story is presented through
the eyes of a black, lower class girl of Trinidad in the 1950s.” The
whole story is one presented from one point of view: Tee’s. She is
left alone by her father who goes abroad after the death of her mother
and she has to live with her lower class Tantie where she learns about
being independent. Later in the story her aunt Beatrice takes her and
she then has to adapt herself to the ‘white’...
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- BILL CLEMENTE: The A, B, C's of Alienation and Re-Integration :
Merle Hodge'S Crick Crack Monkey
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- The Two Worlds of the Child: A study of the novels of three West
Indian writers; Jamaica Kincaid, Merle Hodge, and George Lamming
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- Two Postcolonial Childhoods:Merle Hodge's Crick Crack, Monkey
and Simi Bedford's Yoruba Girl Dan
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Merle Hodge's Crick Crack, Monkey and Simi Bedford's Yoruba Girl
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- HODGE ,MERLE. Crick Crack, Monkey. Andre Deutsch, 1970; London:
Heinemann, 1981; Paris: Karthala, 1982 (trans. Alice
- Lectures by Mrs. MAHADAWO on Island Literatures.
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