Jean Rhys by Elaine SavoryJean Rhys by Elaine Savory

Jean Rhys

byElaine Savory

Paperback | February 12, 2007

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Elaine Savory's study is a critical reading of Rhys' entire oeuvre, including the stories and autobiography, and is informed by recently released unpublished manuscripts by Rhys. Designed both for the serious scholar and those unfamiliar with Rhys' writing, Savory's book insists on the importance of a Caribbean-centered approach to Rhys, and shows how this context profoundly affects her literary style. Informed by contemporary arguments on race, gender, class and nationality, this study offers a comprehensive account of the life and work of this most complex and enigmatic of writers.
Title:Jean RhysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:February 12, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521033616

ISBN - 13:9780521033619

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations and note on the text; Chronology; 1. Living on both sides, living to write; 2. Registering protest: The Left Bank and Quartet; 3. A Caribbean woman lost in Europe?: After Leaving Mr MacKenzie and the question of gender; 4. Writing colour, writing Caribbean: Voyage in the Dark and the politics of colour; 5. Dangerous spirit, bitterly amused: Good Morning, Midnight; 6. People in and out of place: spatial arrangements in Wide Sargasso Sea; 7. Brief encounters: Rhys and the craft of the short story; 8. Performance arts: the theatre of autobiography and the role of the personal essay; 9. The Helen of our wars: cultural politics and Jean Rhys criticism; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Despite the volume of critical work devoted to Jean Rhys, she remains an unplaceable writer. She was a modernist who insisted that she had never read many of her contemporaries...Throughout the book, avory martials extensive archival material in support of her argument, and she usefully emphasizes Rhys's intense professionalism. Rhys revised all of her work extensively, a craftman-like approach that has been too little appreciated by scholars." Studies in the Novel