Territories of the Psyche: The Fiction of Jean Rhys

Territories of the Psyche: The Fiction of Jean Rhys

by A. Simpson

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Territories of the Psyche: The Fiction of Jean Rhys by A. Simpson

Jean Rhys is widely credited for exposing issues of gender, nationality, race, and class in technically sophisticated, arresting narratives. Her lifelong exploration of the dynamics of the human psyche has, however, gone unrecognized. This examination places Rhys' fiction for the first time within the context of theories that reflect the interrelated perspectives of modern psychoanalysis. In clarifying accounts of many approaches that are new to literary scholars, as well as those that display the rich legacy of Freudian thought, Simpson shows that the paradigms of psychoanalysis illuminate the interpretation of Rhys' art. With insightful references to the short stories and close readings of her five novels, this study testifies to a remarkable achievement as Rhys recorded, with unflinching candor, the powerful drama of emotional life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349529353
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 01/06/2005
Edition description: 1st ed. 2005
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

ANNE B. SIMPSON is Professor of English at California State University, USA. She co-edited the volume Seeing Double: Revisioning Edwardian and Modernist Literature, published by St. Martin's Press; and her articles have appeared in such journals as American Imago, Essays in Literature, and Extrapolation.

Table of Contents

Introductory: Jean Rhys and the Landscape of Emotion Voyage in the Dark: Propitiating the Avengers After Leaving Mr Mackenzie: The Search for Maternal Presence Quartet: A Constellation of Desires Good Morning, Midnight: A Story of Soul Murder Wide Sargasso Sea: The Transforming Vision Epilogue

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