2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

From Oppression to Madness:

A Postcolonial Examination  of Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Seas

KatRina A. Burgess♦
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

This exploration of Jean Rhys’ novel Wide Sargasso Seas focuses on gender and racial oppression.  Rhys’ novel sheds light on the social hypocrisy of colonized countries through the examination of patriarchal dictates.  Performing a critical analysis of Rhys’ novel using the critical literary lenses of postcolonialism and feminism deliberates the struggles between cultures and the significance of slavery and entrapment.  Uncovering the main character’s descent into madness through theoretical explanations reveals an unequal gender power exhibited throughout the novel.

Keywords: postcolonialism, feminism, entrapment, patriarchy

Women's and Gender Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 401-1
Location: MG 1000
Time: 2:30

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