by Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Wide Sargasso Sea books, 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.
by Elaine Savory, Wide Sargasso Sea At 50 Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Wide Sargasso Sea At 50 books, This book revisits Jean Rhys’s ground-breaking 1966 novel to explore its cultural and artistic influence in the areas of not only literature and literary criticism, but fashion design, visual art, and the theatre as well. Building on symposia that were held in London and New York in 2016 in honour of the novel’s half-century, this collection demonstrates just how timely Rhys’s insights into colonial history, sexual relations, and aesthetics continue to be. The chapters include an extensive interview with novelist Caryl Phillips, who in 2018 published a novel about Rhys’s life, an account of how Wide Sargasso Sea can be read through the lens of the #MeToo Movement, a clothing line inspired by the novel, and new critical directions. As both a celebration and scholarly evaluation, the collection shows how enduring Rhys’s novel is in its continuing literary influence and social commentary.
by Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Wide Sargasso Sea books, Antoinette Cosway is a Creole heiress living in Jamaica, who meets and marries a young Englishman, Mr Rochester. Taken from the vibrant, sensual Caribbean landscape to England, Antoinette finds herself the centre of disturbing rumours which gradually posion her husband's mind against her.
by Bright Summaries, Wide Sargasso Sea By Jean Rhys Book Analysis Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Wide Sargasso Sea By Jean Rhys Book Analysis books, Unlock the more straightforward side of Wide Sargasso Sea with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, which was inspired by Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and tells the story of the most frequently overlooked character in that novel: Bertha Mason, the infamous “madwoman in the attic”. Rhys’s novel takes the reader back to Bertha’s childhood in the Caribbean, when she was known by the name Antoinette Cosway, and explores how her status as an outcast, her unhappy marriage and the pernicious influence of rumour and slander eventually transform her from a quiet child into the deranged character from Brontë’s novel. Wide Sargasso Sea was the last novel published by Jean Rhys prior to her death in 1979, and is generally considered her masterpiece. It was also partially influenced by Rhys’s own childhood in the Caribbean. Find out everything you need to know about Wide Sargasso Sea in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!
by Christina Gieseler, The Effects Of Multiperspectival Narration On The Representation Of Christophine In Wide Sargasso Sea Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Effects Of Multiperspectival Narration On The Representation Of Christophine In Wide Sargasso Sea books, Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Wuppertal, language: English, abstract: This paper deals with the effects of multiperspectival narration on the representation of Christophine in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea. Besides Antoinette and her husband as narrators Rhys also mentions another “I” that talks in the novel. The author very likely refers to Christophine, Antoinette’s black nurse, a Martinique obeah woman who provides a third viewpoint on the action in this multiperspectival narration. However, as multiperspectivity “shift[s] the reader’s attention from the events recounted on the level of the characters to the subjectivity of each of the presented perspectives” (Neumann/Nünning 102), Christophine rather appears as a minor character in Antoinette’s and Edward’s narration. Still, she seems to be an important and influencing person for Antoinette, and she also is a character Antoinette’s husband is very much concerned with and concerned about. In literary criticism there has been a lot of controversy concerning the representation of Christophine in Rhys’s novel. The debate circles around the question in how far the character is significant for the action taking place in the narrative and in how far the woman contributes to the meaning of the novel. Whereas Gayatri Spivak sees Christophine as “tangential to this narrative” (246), Benita Parry regards her as an important source of “counter-discourse” against the colonial authority (cf. 249). Carine Mardorossian argues that by Antoinette’s and her husband’s cultural and racial presumptions about Christophine and the other black characters as racial Others the white protagonists are themselves being debunked of their imperialist, stereotypical thinking (cf. 1071-1090). The paper contains analyses of - the novel’s multiperspectivity, - the perspectives and attitudes of the narrator-focalisers Antoinette and her husband (Rochester) -Christophine’s function for the development in the plot. The results of these analysies will be used to discuss the multiperspectival effects of the novel and to interpret Christophine’s role in the narrative by discussing Spivak’s, Parry’s and Mardorossian’s opinions about this character.
by Laura Deneke, Rochester And Bertha In Jane Eyre And Wide Sargasso Sea An Impossible Match Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Rochester And Bertha In Jane Eyre And Wide Sargasso Sea An Impossible Match books, Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1.0, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, course: The Victorian Afterlife, 12 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Bertha Mason in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is a character without history or personality. She is depicted as a mere beast, bent on destroying her husband. The reader knows -and dreads- her from both Jane's and Rochester's perspective. Rochester claims that Bertha's lunacy was the sole trigger for the disaster that followed, but the narration reveals hints that suggest other factors may have contributed to the destruction of their marriage. Jean Rhys proposed a past for Bertha and her husband. Her novel Wide Sargasso Sea creates a life for Bertha, on the background of which her madness is neither surprising nor inevitable. Whereas there is no doubt that she does become insane at the end of Rhys's novel, the reason for this is not her evil nature but a destructive relationship along with her transportation away from everything she ever knew into the cold of England. Wide Sargasso Sea is more than a prequel to a famous Victorian novel. It speaks out not only for Bertha but for all the other West Indian women who found themselves in similar situations.
by Loreto Todd, Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea books, Wild Sargasso Sea is Jean Rhys's story of Antoinette Cosway, the first Mrs Rochester of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Set in Jamaica, this work paints a portrait of a young girl doomed by society, the past and the future to become the most notorious madwoman in English literature.
by Carl Plasa, Jean Rhys Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Jean Rhys books, 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.
by Julia Straub, On The Question Of Identity In The Novel Wide Sargasso Sea Of Jean Rhys Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download On The Question Of Identity In The Novel Wide Sargasso Sea Of Jean Rhys books, Seminar paper from the year 2017 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Comparative Literature, grade: 2,7, University of Constance, course: British and American Studies, language: English, abstract: This work focuses on the question of identity in the novel "Wide Sargasso Sea". Antoinette, the female protagonist of Jean Rhys’ novel "Wide Sargasso Sea", is struggling with those questions of her identity all her life. As a Creole girl, who lives in Jamaica during post-colonialism, she finds herself caught between two identities not knowing where she belongs. On the one hand, there is the black community which she knows and grows up with, on the other hand the white community which her mother tries to be a part of and forces Antoinette to fit into as well. This life between two contrasting cultures forces Antoinette into a situation of confusion and doubt which makes her question not only where she belongs but if she belongs at all. It drives her into a crisis which she is not able to escape. Jean Rhys published her novel in 1966. "Wide Sargasso Sea" tells the story of Antoinette Cosway who is also, known under the name of Bertha, a character of Charlotte Brontë's novel "Jane Eyre". In "Wide Sargasso Sea" Rhys is giving Bertha/ Antoinette a story and a reason why she became mad in the first place. The story starts in her childhood and moves on to the marriage to Mr. Rochester. The last part is set when she is already imprisoned by her husband and is setting the house on fire which accords with the story told in "Jane Eyre". For the background of the novel it is important to know that Rhys herself grew up in a situation like Antoinette’s. She as well had troubles with identifying herself when she grew up. So Rhys shares part of Antoinette’s history which is probably why she was that interested in telling her story which is completely uncared-for by Brontë.
by Malgorzata Swietlik, Wide Sargasso Sea By Jean Rhys As A Postcolonial Response To Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Wide Sargasso Sea By Jean Rhys As A Postcolonial Response To Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte books, 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
by Tanja Hamann, Viktorianische Vorstellungen Von Weiblicher Hysterie In Charlotte Bront S Jane Eyre Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea Und John Fowles The French Lieutenant S Woman Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Viktorianische Vorstellungen Von Weiblicher Hysterie In Charlotte Bront S Jane Eyre Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea Und John Fowles The French Lieutenant S Woman books, Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 1998 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 1,0, Universität Siegen (Sprach-, Literatur- und Medienwissenschaften), Veranstaltung: Mad and Sad (?)- Victorian Women in Modern Fiction, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Das Thema Hysterie im Allgemeinen und während der Viktorianischen Zeit im Besonderen ist von vielen Autoren behandelt worden. Teils in Fachbüchern über psychische Krankheiten (wie z.B. bei Mentzos, Danis und Hoppe), teils in Büchern, die sich speziell mit dem Leben viktorianischer Frauen und ihrer Psyche befassen (z.B. von Sanders oder Shuttleworth) habe ich einen umfassenden Überblick über diese Krankheit, ihre verschiedenen Erscheinungsformen, Ursachen und die damit verbundenen Vorstellungen zwischen 1837 und 1901 erhalten, die ich im folgenden Teil meiner Arbeit, unter Zuhilfenahme der bereits erwähnten Literatur zusammenfassend darstellen möchte. Auch die Verarbeitung dieser Art von „female madness“ in verschiedenen viktorianischen und neoviktorianischen Romanen wird in den Studien zu den entsprechenden Texten immer wieder angesprochen. Allerdings gelang es mir nur wenige Bücher ausfindig zu machen, die sich ausschließlich damit auseinandersetzen und die einzigen Funde beziehen sich vornehmlich auf Charlotte BrontÁ und das Phänomen der „mad woman in the attic“, so wie die bereits erwähnte Studie von Shuttleworth, oder die im Folgenden zitierten Werke von Maynard oder Chase. Auch in allgemeinen Abhandlungen über Bronts Jane Eyre (z.B. von Heather Glen oder Pauline Nestor) ist Bertha Mason und ihre Rolle als „mad woman“ ein wichtiges Thema. Es gibt jedoch unterschiedliche Erklärungstheorien für Berthas Verhalten und Bronts Gestaltung dieses Charakters, und diese Begründungen bekommen eine neue Dimension, wenn man seine Augenmerk auf Berthas Vorgeschichte als Antoinette Cosway richtet, so wie sie in Jane Rhys neoviktorianischem Roman Wide Sargasso Sea dargestellt ist. Auch hier gibt es viele Werke in denen das Thema der „madness“ (ich werde diesen Ausdruck im Folgenden mit dem der „Hysterie“ gleichsetzen, da dies auch in der Sekundärliteratur immer wieder getan wird) bei der Analyse von Rhys Roman mit behandelt und angesprochen wird, und ich habe für meine Arbeit die Abhandlungen von O‘Connor und Davidson herausgegriffen, auf die ich im 3.Teil zurückkommen werde.
by Jennifer Reuter, Parallelen Der Figuren Jane Eyre Aus Charlotte Bronte S Jane Eyre Und Antoinette Cosway Aus Jean Rhys S Wide Sargasso Sea Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Parallelen Der Figuren Jane Eyre Aus Charlotte Bronte S Jane Eyre Und Antoinette Cosway Aus Jean Rhys S Wide Sargasso Sea books, Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 1,3, Universität Hamburg, Veranstaltung: English Classics Re-Written?, 29 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Der Roman „Wide Sargasso Sea“ von Jean Rhys, welcher im Jahre 1966 publiziert wurde, steht in einer besonderen Beziehung zu Charlotte Bronte`s Werk „Jane Eyre“, das 1847 erstmals veröffentlicht wurde. In Anlehnung an die von Gérard Genette geprägten Begrifflichkeiten kann von „Wide Sargasso Sea“ als einem Hypertext gesprochen werden, welcher in einem transtextuellen Zusammenhang mit dem Hypotext „Jane Eyre“ steht. In Rhys`s „Wide Sargasso Sea“ entwirft Jean Rhys eine Vorgeschichte der Figur Bertha Masons, der in Bronte`s Roman „Jane Eyre“ als geistesgestört beschriebenen Frau von Mr. Rochester. Jane Stevenson deutet diesen Akt des Schreibens als eine Auseinandersetzung von Jean Rhys mit ihrer literarischen Vorgängern Charlotte Bronte, wobei Rhys die in ihren eigenen Romanen stets anzutreffenden Themen der Entfremdung, des Wahnsinns und der Hilflosigkeit einbringt. Mit ihrer „karibische[n] Revision“ von Bronte`s Jane Eyre setzt sich Jean Rhys schreibend mit einem Werk des britischen Kanons auseinander und reiht sich damit in die Tradition postkolonialer Literatur ein. Neben den im Vordergrund stehenden Unterschieden zwischen den Protagonistinnen Antoinette Cosway und Jane Eyre, wie beispielsweise der Nationalität, sind dennoch einige signifikante Gemeinsamkeiten der Figuren vorhanden. Aufgrund dieser Ähnlichkeiten kann der Leser Parallelen zwischen den Figuren beider Romane ziehen. Jean Rhys hat die Figur Antoinette Cosway so angelegt, dass sie in verschiedener Weise an Jane Eyre erinnert. Die Parallelen sind sowohl im Bereich der Lebensumstände als auch der charakterlichen Eigenschaften zu finden. Diese Arbeit beschäftigt sich nun mit den vom Leser der beiden Romane zu ziehenden Parallelen der Protagonistinnen von „Jane Eyre“ und „Wide Sargasso Sea“. Den beiden Heldinnen gemein ist das Gefühl, nicht dazu zu gehören, einsam und deplaziert zu sein. Auch haben beide Frauen einen Hang zu Leidenschaft und temperamentvollem Handeln, der zwar teilweise unterdrückt wird aber dennoch besteht und einige Male in rebellischem Handeln Ausdruck findet. Eine weitere Gemeinsamkeit besteht in dem Besuch einer Mädchenschule, welche in beiden Fällen religiös geprägt ist und eine Art Schutz vor der Außenwelt bedeutet. Eine Verbindung der Protagonistinnen besteht darin, dass sie beide mit Mr. Rochester verheiratet sind, auch wenn dieser namentlich nicht in Wide Sargasso Sea erwähnt wird, ist davon auszugehen, dass es sich um diese Figur handelt.
by Jenny Roch, Representations Of Masculinity In Things Fall Apart And Wide Sargasso Sea Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Representations Of Masculinity In Things Fall Apart And Wide Sargasso Sea books, Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: A5 (=18/22), University of Glasgow (Department of English Literature), course: Postcolonial Studies - Module T4 - University of Glasgow, 9 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: From the very first pages of Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo is characterised as a hard-working, courageous, aggressive man. ‘He [has] a slight stammer and whenever he [is] angry and [can] not get his words out quickly enough, he [will] use his fists.’ He has over time become ‘well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rest[s] on solid personal achievements.’ Not only is he known for his qualities as a wrestler, he has also ‘taken two titles and [has] shown incredible prowess in two intertribal wars.’ Moreover, he has become a wealthy farmer, who has just married his third wife. As for his appearance, ‘he is tall and huge, and his bushy eyebrows and wide nose [give] him a very severe look.’ In other words, not only does he look manly with his tall, muscular built, it seems like he lives the values that are perceived as manly by Ibo society. ‘Military virtues such as aggression, strength, courage and endurance have repeatedly been defined as the natural and inherent qualities of manhood.’ And his eminence as a warrior is exactly one of the ways in which Okonkwo asserts his manhood. Throughout the novel, readers are reminded of his bravery. It is him who finally throws Amalinze the Cat, a wrestler unbeaten for seven years. He is also the first one to bring home a human head won in a fight in an inter-tribal war. Furthermore, he is, at the end of the novel, not afraid to take on ‘the white man’ singularly, if the clan fails to go to battle with him. Bravery for him is a quality so undeniably and inextricably linked to masculinity and the condition of manhood t hat ‘he mourn[s] for the warlike men of Umuofia, who ha[ve] so unaccountably become soft like women’ during the time of his exile. It becomes clear in this quotation that Okonkwo affirms his manhood, not only by exercising activities which in his eyes are manly, but also by hierarchically placing himself above women. Ibo society, very much like Western society in pre-feminist times, organises its social practice through gendered binaries. Thus, courage, bravery, aggression, activity, are all deemed to be ‘masculine’ features, whereas, in direct opposition, weakness, gentleness, passivity, and submissiveness are regarded as ‘feminine’ attributes.
by Christina Münzner, The Postcolonial Rewriting Of Colonial Stories Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Postcolonial Rewriting Of Colonial Stories books, Bachelor Thesis from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Leipzig (Institut fur Anglistik), language: English, abstract: Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre was first published in 1847 in London, at a time when British Colonialism was growing increasingly important for both the provision of cheap labour and new markets abroad. The resulting wealth was crucial for Britain's economic rise and rendered possible the Industrial Revolution as well as an increased amount of political and military power over large parts of the world. Many critics have investigated Jane Eyre in feminist or marxist terms, the former because of Jane's astonishing female individuality for the time, and the latter because of the social mobility shown in the novel (Loomba 2005: 74). But since Charlotte Bronte lived during a time when the British Empire was at its peak, her writing was certainly influenced by a colonial belief system which is also present throughout Jane Eyre. [...] Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys picks up on that notion of the silenced mad woman locked in the attic of an old English manor. Although written in 1966, the novel is widely acknowledged as Jane Eyre's prequel and puts more emphasis on Antoinette's (as named by Rhys) life before she became the wife of a man who is never actually named but is usually identified as Edward Rochester and will be referred to as such in the course of this work. Since the plot of Wide Sargasso Sea starts in Jamaica a few years after the Emancipation Act of 1833, it is historically set in approximately the same time frame as Bronte's text but provides the reader with a much more conscious depiction of colonialist practices and thought. [...] The purpose of this thesis is to examine in which aspects Wide Sargasso Sea can be declared a rewriting of Jane Eyre and what features and characteristics allow the former to stand on its own as a novel. A selection of postcolonial th