Jean Rhys

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Jean Rhys

Writers and Their Work


October 1st, 2012

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Neglected and forgotten for many years, the arresting, elliptical novels written by Dominican-born Jean Rhys are now widely acclaimed. Her last and most famous novel, Wide Sargasso Sea, her retelling of Jane Eyre, is a central text for the imaginative re-examination of gender and colonial power relations. Helen Carr’s account draws on both recent feminism and postcolonial theory, and places Rhys’s work in relation to modernist and postmodernist writing. First published in 1996, Helen Carr’s revised edition takes full cognizance of the wide critical attention paid to Rhys since that date.

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Helen Carr is Professor of English at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover 1
Half Title 2
Title Page 4
Biographical Outline9
Abbreviations and References12
Note on Ellipses13
1 Jean Rhys and Her Critics18
2 Feminist Approaches to Jean Rhys28
3 The Caribbean Question34
4 Writing in the Margins43
5 Autobiography and Ambivalence49
6 ‘The Day They Burned the Books’56
7 Fort Comme La Mort: the French Connection62
8 The Politics of Good Morning, Midnight 68
9 The Huge Machine of Law, Order and Respectability75
10 Resisting the Machine80
11 The Enemy Within88
12 Good night, Day 95
13 Intemperate and Unchaste99
14 The Other Side111
15 The Struggle for the Sign123
Select Bibliography157