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Wide Sargasso Sea

Author : Jean Rhys
ISBN : 0393308804
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Beautiful and wealthy Antoinette Cosway's passionate love for an English aristocrat threatens to destroy her idyllic West Indian island existence and her very life
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Wide Sargasso Sea

Author : Jean Rhys
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A gorgeous clothbound edition of Jean Rhys's great masterpiece of desire and madness in the Caribbean, published for the novel's fiftieth anniversary. Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of 1930s Jamaica, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty and sensuality. After their marriage, however, disturbing rumours begin to circulate which poison her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is inexorably driven towards madness, and her husband into the arms of another novel's heroine. This classic study of betrayal, a seminal work of postcolonial literature, is Jean Rhys's brief, beautiful masterpiece. This anniversary edition includes a new appendix featuring letters, photographs and manuscript pages from the novel's first publication in 1966. 'She took one of the works of genius of the nineteenth century and turned it inside-out to create one of the works of genius of the twentieth century' Michele Roberts, The Times
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Wide Sargasso Sea

Author : Jean Rhys
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Jean Rhys astonished readers with her passionate and heartbreaking work. In it, she reimagines one of fiction s most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Bronte s Jane Eyre. Set in the Caribbean, Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman, is sold into marriage to the prideful Rochester. Rhys portrays her amid a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind."
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Jean Rhys

Author : Carl Plasa
ISBN : 184046268X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In this Reader's Guide, Carl Plasa provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the most stimulating critical responses to Wide Sargasso Sea. The opening chapter outlines initial reactions to the novel from English and Caribbean critics, charting the differences between them. Chapter Two explores Wide Sargasso Sea 's dialogue with Jane Eyre and the theoretical questions it has raised. Succeeding chapters examine how critics have assessed the racial politics of Rhys's text, discuss the novel's African Caribbean cultural legacy, and explore how critics read the work both in terms of its moment of production and the early Victorian period in which it is set.
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Wide Sargasso Sea By Jean Rhys As A Postcolonial Response To Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

Author : Malgorzata Swietlik
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Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,00, University of Koblenz-Landau (Anglistik), course: Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures, language: English, abstract: Wide Sargasso Sea is one of the best-known literary postcolonial replies to the writing of Charlotte Bronte and a brilliant deconstruction of what is known as the author's "worlding" in Jane Eyre. The novel written by Jean Rhys tells the story of Jane Eyre's protagonist, Edward Rochester. The plot takes place in West Indies where Rochester met his first wife, Bertha Antoinette Mason. Wide Sargasso Sea influences the common reading and understanding of the matrix novel, as it rewrites crucial parts of Jane Eyre. The heroine in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, Antoinette Cosway, is created out of demonic and bestialic Bertha Mason from Jane Eyre. Rhys's great achievement in her re-writing of the Bronte's text is her creation of a double to the madwoman from Jane Eyre. The heroine of Wide Sargasso Sea, the beautiful Antoinette Cosway, heiress of the post-emancipation fortune is created out of the demonc and bestialic Bertha Mason. The author transforms the first Mrs Rochester into an individual figure whose madness is caused by imperialistic and patriarchal oppression The vision of Bertha/Antoinette as an insane offspring from a family plagued by madness is no longer plausible to the reader. In this essay I would like to focus the factors which led to the madness of the protagonist. Although Bertha Mason and Jane Eyre seem to be enemies and contradictory characters in the Victorian novel, many critics find several similarities between the two heroines, their life and finally between Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea. Seeing Jane Eyre and Antoinette Cosway as sisters and doubles is very popular with some critics who dealt with the works of Charlotte Bronte and Jean Rhys. Nevertheless, I would like to focus in this essay on Gayatri Chakravort
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The House At The Edge Of The World

Author : Julia Rochester
ISBN : 9780241971703
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LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2016 Part mystery, part psychological drama, Julia Rochester's The House at the Edge of the World is a darkly comic, unorthodox and thrilling debut When I was eighteen, my father fell off a cliff. It was a stupid way to die. John Venton's drunken fall from a Devon cliff leaves his family with an embarrassing ghost. His twin children, Morwenna and Corwin, flee in separate directions to take up their adult lives. Their mother, enraged by years of unhappy marriage, embraces merry widowhood. Only their grandfather finds solace in the crumbling family house, endlessly painting their story onto a large canvas map. His brightly coloured map, with its tiny pictures of shipwrecks, forgotten houses, saints and devils, is a work of his imagination, a collection of local myths and histories. But it holds a secret. As the twins are drawn grudgingly back to the house, they discover that their father's absence is part of the map's mysterious pull. The House at the Edge of the World is the compellingly told story of how family and home can be both a source of comfort and a wholly destructive force. Cutting to the undignified half-truths every family conceals, it asks the questions we all must confront: who are we responsible for and, ultimately, who do we belong to? 'A story that carries you along - clever plotting and a startling outcome. An impressive first novel' Penelope Lively 'Wonderfully crisp and funny and it's so full of vivid, surprising images that the reader almost doesn't notice the moment that deep secrets begin to be revealed' Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing Julia Rochester grew up on the Exe Estuary in Devon. She studied in London, Berlin and Cambridge and has worked for the BBC Portuguese Service and for Amnesty International as Researcher on Brazil. She lives in London with her husband and daughter.
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The Portrayal Of Antoinette In Wide Sargasso Sea And Bertha Mason In Jane Eyre As A Liminal Persona

Author : Inbisat Shuja
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Essay from the year 2017 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: A, , course: Caribbean Literature, language: English, abstract: This paper analyses the liminal existence of Antoinette in Jean Rhys’ "Wide Sargasso Sea" and Bertha Mason in Charlotte Bronte’s "Jane Eyre". The paper analyses the condition of the characters, especially the creole heiress in both of these novels, under the light of Victor Turner’s theory of Liminality. In doing so, it aims to highlight the importance of a sense of belonging and a foothold in shaping a person’s identity and sanity.
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Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea Madness The Link Between Bertha And Antoinette

Author : Kristin Unger
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Jean Rhys’ novel Wide Sargasso Sea explores the life of Bertha Mason (known here as Antoinette Cosway), a character taken from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. In the 1830s, Antoinette is born as a white Creole girl into the repressive and colonialist society of Jamaica. After a lonely and sad childhood, Antoinette is married to the Englishman Rochester; subsequently, her journey towards madness begins. Wide Sargasso Sea can be seen as a prequel to Jane Eyre and thus, both novels belong inseparably together. Many critics argue that the two novels stand by themselves and that Wide Sargasso Sea cannot be regarded as a prequel to Jane Eyre. I, however, argue that both novels do belong together because Wide Sargasso Sea features a great deal of similarities to Jane Eyre, e.g. the character Rochester, the character Grace Pool, or the reference to Bertha Mason. In the postcolonial discourse, Wide Sargasso Sea can also be regarded as an ‘answer’ or a ‘writing back’ to Jane Eyre. In addition, Jean Rhys herself once pointed out why she felt that it was necessary to write a novel about the life of Bertha Mason, which is going hand in hand with my statement that the two novels belong together: When I read Jane Eyre as a child, I thought, why should she think Creole women are lunatics and all that? What a shame to make Rochester’s first wife, Bertha, the awful madwoman, and I immediately thought I’d write the story as it might really have been. She seemed such a poor ghost. I thought I’d try to write her a life. Rhys perceived Bertha as a ‘poor ghost’ and not as a real character. In Rhys’ view Bertha deserved to have a life, a novel which explains her behavior in Jane Eyre and gives her a voice. In contrast to Jane Eyre’s Bertha, who only could express herself through, for instance, “strange laughter,” Antoinette in Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea has a strong voice expressing her female Creole identity. Thus, she elucidates her ‘condition’ from a different point of view. Rhys deals with various themes in her novel one of which is madness.
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Good Morning Midnight

Author : Jean Rhys
ISBN : 0393303942
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"No one who reads Good Morning, Midnight will ever forget it." - New York Times
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Through The Looking Glass

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Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea addresses such issues as desire, hatred, death, and violence. These themes are echoed subtly in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, but without Rhys's text, one might miss these significant undertones. In this way, Jane Eyre is a reflection of Wide Sargasso Sea. Traditionally, critics maintain that Rhys's novel revises Bronte's text. Due to current critical fascination with postcolonial literature, however, modern readers often read classical texts as the sequels of their post-colonial interpretations, and frame their readings in a postcolonial context. These analyses are a result of more than the sequence of a particular reading experience. The value of reading Wide Sargasso Sea as the primary text and Jane Eyre as the reflecting image is this: Rhys's narrative draws attention to resonances of Wide Sargasso Sea in Jane Eyre that might otherwise go unnoticed. As a result, doubts emerge regarding the success of Jane's narration, and why it must fail.
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