Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Sylvie Maurel
    Pages 1-9
  3. Sylvie Maurel
    Pages 10-26
  4. Sylvie Maurel
    Pages 51-80
  5. Sylvie Maurel
    Pages 81-101
  6. Sylvie Maurel
    Pages 128-166
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 167-182

About this book


Jean Rhys' writings are examined through the frames of feminist criticism and literary theory, providing close readings of the texts and their language. The book explores the various forms of feminine dissent at work in Jean Rhys' fiction. She is shown to develop an ethics of subversion through resistance to closure, irony, parody and her daring rewriting of Jane Eyre. Each novel is treated as a complete aesthetic whole, with substantial references to the short stories, for a more penetrating insight into Jean Rhys' fictional universe.


Close reading feminism fiction literary theory novel

About the authors

SYLVIE MAUREL is Lecturer in English at the University of Toulouse 2, France. A graduate of École Normale Supérieure and of the University of Paris 3, she received her Doctorate degree from the University of Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle. She wrote her Doctorate thesis on the fiction of Jean Rhys.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Jean Rhys
  • Authors Sylvie Maurel
  • Series Title Women Writers
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-68393-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-68394-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27006-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 200
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Postcolonial/World Literature
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