Post-Colonial Perspective of Identity in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea
Keywords:colonialism, identity, otherness, post-colonial, Rhys
Post-colonial theory attempts to recall lost histories and people’s experiences under colonial hegemonic rule. It covers up political, literary and cultural concepts such as racism, slavery, identity crises, hybridity, emancipation, and gender complexities. Relationally, the concepts of identity and otherness have been extensively debated by different scholars (e.g. Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak and Homi K. Bhabha). In particular, this paper tends to pinpoint how the two concepts are viewed in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea. Rhys intensively invites her readers to a journey of identity crises through her heroine, Antoinette, who grows between two different worlds and cultures, which leads to an increase in her life struggles.
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