Wide Sargasso Sea

Rhys, Jean

Jean Rhys (rēs), pseud. of Ella Gwendoline Rees Williams, 1894–1979, English novelist, b. Dominica. Her novels written in the 1930s mercilessly exploit her own emotional life, depicting pretty, no-longer-young women who find themselves down and out in large European cities. Without work or funds, her characters must depend on men, chance encounters, or former lovers, for money to buy a hotel room, a drink, a pair of gloves. Rhys's vision is uncompromising and her literary style is spare. These early works include Quartet (1929), After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie (1931), and Good Morning, Midnight (1938). After a long retirement she published her masterpiece, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), which drew equally on her own Caribbean childhood and on a reimagining of Charlotte Brönte's Jane Eyre from the perspective of Rochester's mad West Indian wife. It was followed by three short-story collections and Smile Please (1979), the first volume of an autobiography.

See biographies by C. Angier (1990) and L. Pizzichini (2009); F. Wyndham and D. Melly, ed., The Letters of Jean Rhys (1984); studies by T. Staley (1979), P. Wolfe (1980), D. Plante (1983), T. F. O'Connor (1986), N. R. Harrison (1988), M. L. Emery (1990), P. M. Frickey, ed. (1990), P. Le Gallez (1990), C. A. and D. Malcolm (1996), S. Sternlicht (1997), S. Maurel (1998), E. Savory (1998), S. Thomas (1999), C. Dell'Amico (2005), A. B. Simpson (2005), and C. Maslen (2009).

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Wide Sargasso Sea: Selected full-text books and articles

"Qui Est La?": Negative Personhood in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea By Neel, Alexandra Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 50, No. 2, June 2017
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The Law of Language and the Law of Structure in the Dominant Masculine Discourse of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea By Voicu, Cristina-Georgiana Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations, Vol. 13, January 1, 2014
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Finding Your Own Magic: How Obeah and Voodoo Provide Women Agency in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea and Tiphanie Yanique's Land of Love and Drowning By Cutter, Matthew Journal of International Women's Studies, Vol. 17, No. 3, June 2016
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An Ecocritical Reading in Wide Sargasso Sea By Almutairi, Areej Studies in Literature and Language, Vol. 7, No. 1, July 1, 2013
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Women, Slavery, and the Problem of Freedom in Wide Sargasso Sea By Gilchrist, Jennifer Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 58, No. 3, Fall 2012
Navigating the 'Wide Sargasso Sea': Colonial History, English Fiction, and British Empire By Ciolkowski, Laura E Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 43, No. 3, Fall 1997
"Now Every Word She Said Was Echoed, Echoed Loudly in My Head": Christophine's Language and Refractive Space in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea By Russell, Keith A., II Journal of Narrative Theory, Vol. 37, No. 1, Winter 2007
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Edward Rochester and the Margins of Masculinity in 'Jane Eyre' and 'Wide Sargasso Sea.' By Kendrik, Robert Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 30, No. 3, Summer 1994
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