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The Poetics of Labor in Jean Rhys's Caribbean Modernism

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Emery,Mary Lou (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Winter2012
ISBN:
0957-4042
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Literature, Women, Plantations, Wide Sargasso Sea (book), Working class, Modernism (Literature), Rhys, Jean, 1890-1979, Labor, Voyage in the Dark (Book), Temps Perdi (short story)
Notes:
Read in the context of the Americas and the plantation system, Jean Rhys's fiction is a global vision of modernity. The vision appears through colonialist stereotypes of idle and lazy West Indians displayed in dynamic interaction with scenes of actual toil and servitude that appear everywhere in Rhys's fiction. Focuses on Voyage in the Dark (1934), the short story ‘Temps Perdi’ and Rhys's last novel Wide Sargasso Sea (1966).