Narrating from the Margins: Self-representation of Female and Colonial Subjectivities in Jean Rhys's Novels

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Rodopi, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 212 pages
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In Narrating from the Margins, Nagihan Haliloglu casts a discerning look at Jean RhysOCOs protagonists and the ways in which they engage in self-narration. The book offers a close reading of RhysOCOs novels, with particular attention to the links between identity construction and self-narration, in a modernist and postcolonial idiom. It draws attention to particular subject-categories that RhysOCOs protagonists fall into, such as the amateur and the white Creole, and delineates narrating personas such as the mad witch and the zombie, to explore aspects of de-essentalization, narrative agency, and dysnarrativia.The way in which RhysOCOs protagonists engage in self-narration reveals the close link between race and gender, and how both are contained by similar metaphors, or how, indeed, they become metaphors for each other. The narrators are defined in relation to their place in the OCyholy English familyOCO and how they transgress the rules of that family to become OCyexilesOCO. The study explores the ways in which the self-narrator responds when her narrative is obstructed by society, such as creating a community of stories in which her own makes sense, and/or resorting to third-person narration."
 

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Contents

The Concern for SelfPossession
1
Conditions Representations and Consequences
12
3 The Female Self in Rhys and the Category of the Amateur
29
4 Positioning Rhyss Heroines within Colonial Relations
41
5 Narrative Responses to Exile from The English Family
53
Narrative of Displacement in Voyage in the Dark
62
The Community of LifeStories in Good Morning Midnight
87
The Making of the Amateur and ThirdPerson Self Narration
108
9 Intersubjectivity and SelfArrangements in After Leaving Mr Mackenzie
131
10 Membership in the Holy English Family and MadWitch Narration in Wide Sargasso Sea
152
SelfNarratives for the Chorus Girl and the Horrid Colonial
183
Works Cited
195
Index
201
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