Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 12:30 am by M. in , ,    No comments
Some recent scholar work centered around Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre:
Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea as a Hypertext of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre: A Postmodern Perspective
Nazila Herischian, Department of English language and Literature, Tabriz Azad University, Tabriz, Iran
International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature, 1(6), 72-82. 10.7575/ijalel.v.1n.6p.72 (2012)

This study gains significance as the findings can shed more lights on the postmodern concept of hypertextuality  to show that there is no originality in literature and any literary work can be the repetition, continuation, or mixture of previous texts. In the case of this study, that is to show, how a twentieth-century literary work like Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea can be the parody of Brontë’s nineteenth-century novel Jane Eyre. Moreover, such a postmodern perspective widens various ways of concentration on the literary works, so that, one could interpret in what ways two texts are united and grafted which results in either parody or pastiche. This study attempts to demonstrate mostly those focused aspects in Wide Sargasso Sea and  Jane Eyre that highlight the concept of hypertextuality, including the analyses of Rochester’s character in the novels, as a Byronic hero in Jane Eyre and an anti-Byronic hero in Wide Sargasso Sea; and also the study of the characters of Jane Eyre and Antoinette Cosway, as women narrator of the novels as well as focusing on the dream texts of the novels. 
And this Caribbean Literature Companion includes an article about Wide Sargasso Sea:
The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature
Michael A. Bucknor, Alison Donnell
ISBN: 9780415827942
Taylor & Francis Ltd
30th November 2012

The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature offers a comprehensive, critically engaging overview of this increasingly significant body of work. The volume is divided into six sections that consider: the foremost figures of the Anglophone Caribbean literary tradition and a history of literary critical debate textual turning points, identifying key moments in both literary and critical history and bringing lesser known works into context fresh perspectives on enduring and contentious critical issues including the canon, nation, race, gender, popular culture and migration new directions for literary criticism and theory, such as eco-criticism, psychoanalysis and queer studies the material dissemination of Anglophone Caribbean literature and generic interfaces with film and visual art This volume is an essential text that brings together sixty-nine entries from scholars across three generations of Caribbean literary studies, ranging from foundational critical voices to emergent scholars in the field. The volume's reach of subject and clarity of writing provide an excellent resource and springboard to further research for those working in literature and cultural studies, postcolonial and diaspora studies as well as Caribbean studies, history and geography.
Includes Writing Gender, Re-writing Nation: Wide Sargasso Sea, Annie John, Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home, and Myal by Rebecca Ashworth.


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