Introductory: Jean Rhys and the Landscape of Emotion

  • Anne B. Simpson


Jean Rhys wrote four of her five novels in the period between the two world wars; she lived for some time as an expatriate in London and Paris; and her fiction is notable for its stylistic experimentation on multiple levels. Until recently, however, she has not garnered the critical attention or the reverent following accorded other Modernists of her day. Despite the perspicacity with which all of her narratives record the lives of the disenfranchised and interrogate the conditions of subjectivity, even readers who have become Rhys enthusiasts tend to privilege her last novel, Wide Sargasso Sea, which was published almost three decades after the others and is usually celebrated at the expense of her earlier works.


Literary Critic Emotional Life Literary Circle Psychoanalytic Approach Family Romance 
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© Anne B. Simpson 2005

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