Through the looking-glass : reading and reflecting from Wide Sargasso Sea to Jane Eyre

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Through the looking-glass : reading and reflecting from Wide Sargasso Sea to Jane Eyre

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Title: Through the looking-glass : reading and reflecting from Wide Sargasso Sea to Jane Eyre
Author: Postemsky, Diana
Advisor: Mohan, Rajeswari
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of English
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 118585 bytes70688 bytes
Issue Date: 2003
Abstract: 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.
Subject: Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea
Subject: Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855. Jane Eyre
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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/647

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Postemsky, Diana. "Through the looking-glass : reading and reflecting from Wide Sargasso Sea to Jane Eyre". 2003. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/647.

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