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"Det finns alltid en annan sida". Om makt och representation i Jean Rhys Sargassohavet
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"There is always the other side". On Power and Representation in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea (English)
Abstract [sv]

Uppsatsens syfte är att visa hur Jean Rhys i sin roman Sargassohavet ifrågasätter de narrativa strategier och diskurser som avgör vilka romanpersoner och perspektiv som får komma till uttryck. Rhys gör detta bland annat genom att placera en icke-västerländsk kvinna, som dessutom påstås vara galen, i protagonistens position. På så vis legitimeras romanpersonens perspektiv och detta är ett sätt att låta den Andras röst få komma till uttryck, från det fria subjektets position.

Rhys lyfter också fram att det alltid finns fler än en sida av en berättelse. Den mångstämmighet som kännetecknar romanen visar att en berättelse kan framföras från flera olika perspektiv; genom att utrymme ges åt flera röster försvåras en reducerande läsart av romanpersonerna. Romanens polyfoni är också ett sätt att belysa de olika positionerna i de konflikter som strukturerar romanen, exempelvis konflikten mellan det västerländska och det icke-västerländska, mellan kvinnor och män och mellan rationalitet och fantasi.

Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to show how Jean Rhys in her novel Wide Sargasso Sea questions the narrative strategies and the discourses that decide which characters are allowed to speak. Rhys does this by placing a non-western woman, who is also allegedly insane, in the position of the protagonist. By doing so, this perspective is legitimized and it is a strategy that lets the voice of the Other be expressed.

Rhys also emphasizes the existence of multiple versions of a story. The polyphony that characterizes the novel shows that a story can be told from different points of view. By letting several voices be heard, a reductive reading of the characters is prevented. The polyphony in the novel is also a way of bringing out the different positions in the conflicts that structure the novel, for example the conflict between the western and the non-western, between women and men and between rationality and fantasy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 62 p.
Keyword [en]
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea, postcolonial criticism, representation, narrative strategies
Keyword [sv]
Jean Rhys, Sargassohavet, postkolonial kritik, representation, narrativa strategier
National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53806ISRN: LIU-IKK/LI-A--10/001--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-53806DiVA: diva2:315030
Subject / course
Comparative Literature
Presentation
2009-12-17, Linköping, 10:15 (Swedish)
Uppsok
Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2010-04-28 Created: 2010-02-04 Last updated: 2012-06-04Bibliographically approved

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