THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Jean Rhys Literary Criticism

Wide Sargasso Sea

A paper by Sylvie Maurel, examining how the uncanny motifs of Caribbean Gothic in Rhys's novel engage with her treatment of colonial history, as well as the narrative's intertextual relationship with Jane Eyre; with reference to the work of David Punter, Gayatri Spivak, and others.
An essay by Charles Sarvan of the University of Bahrain, presenting a reading of this novel from the perspective of movement and alienation, with reference to Foucault.
An academic article by Eileen Williams-Wanquet examining the ways in which the characters of Wide Sargasso Sea are trapped by the ideological discourse of Brontë's Jane Eyre and its attempts to break free from a patriarchal narrative.
An essay by Nalini Paul, University of Glasgow, which applies the cinematic concept of 'gaze', in relation to feminist film theory, to a reading of Rhys's novel
An essay by Patricia Gott, an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, discussing female captivity and empowerment in relation to Wide Sargasso Sea, as well as Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca.
In this essay Jennifer P. Nesbitt, an Assistant Professor at Penn State York, investigates the presence of decolonization in Rhys's novel and The Flint Anchor by Sylvia Townsend Warner.