Jean Rhys : Wide Sargasso Sea, Paperback
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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.

Throughout, Plasa contextualizes and clarifies the critical exchanges which this daring and dramatic novel has provoked.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9781840462685



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I loved this book but I would not have appreciated it as I did had I not previously read Jane Eyre. This book is a great read in itself but it certainly sparked more interest in me to find the is companionable with Jane Eyre. It gives a history to Rochester's estranged wife, Bertha, which is very interesting.

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Many of my peers dislike this book because of their devotion to Jane Eyre. However, I find that it does more than analyze Jane Eyre, does more than extract basic themes. This book has style: something I am always searching for in my reading. This book has a way about it that is hidden, almost a hidden agenda. I love the fact that not everything can possibly be caught (for example, the commmon themes in both books including fire, looking-glasses, self-reflection, and of course, despair in love). I love this book because it is an outsider. I love this book because it muddies Jane Eyre and becomes its own masterpiece.

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