David Chariandy’s novel, Soucouyant, is a retell of his personal experiences as a second-generation immigrant born to a mixed-race mother and a South Asian father. From describing pathways to Canada, precarious employment, social and structural discrimination, Chariandy delves into many facets of immigration and the untold struggles that often accompany it. Primarily, for the purpose of this article, he explores memories in a way that gives insight to the experiences of immigrants in a Canada that was still heavily stratified. He writes about forgetting and remembering in a way that aptly explains the suffering and humbling that comes with presenile…


The systematic oppression of women is common across various aspects of our society and this includes prisons. In a bid to shed light on the treatment of incarcerated women, Kelly Hanna-Moffat, a professor in the University of Toronto, explores the modern prison systems for women. She particularly analyzes how the introduction of women as staff in the prison system brings about reformist modifications and new interactive norms by incorporating maternalism and feminism into penal reformative measures (19). However, she makes a clear distinction between maternalism and feminism by stating they could be exclusive. Maternal reformers such as Elizabeth Fry commonly…


Jamaica Kincaid’s ‘Girl’ and Charlotte Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ are two stories centered around the experiences of women in society. Through the use of space, they exemplify ways in which society confines women, albeit from different points of view.

Kincaid’s ‘Girl’ made its first debut in the New Yorker in 1978. Unlike the typical format of stories, this story takes the form of a single ongoing sentence where the narrator advices a younger girl. …

Moradeyo Adeniyi

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store