Remembrance Rocks

  • Joanna Johnson
Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)


This chapter emphasizes Jean Rhys’s novels Voyage in the Dark and Wide Sargasso Sea, both of which offer perspectives on how young women of Caribbean origin perceive and then view England on their arrival. It also examines some of Rhys’s short stories, and accounts of the countryside therein, some non-fiction accounts found in her autobiography and her published letters and unpublished papers. Rhys’s childhood and upbringing in Dominica persist in her work and shape her views of England and Wales. Rhys deploys topographical observation and description to explore her own and her characters’ emotional and psychological ambivalence to Britain. Rhys’s textual engagement with the countryside of Britain shows that this is mediated through a Caribbean lens and that representations of British countryside are a key tool in Rhys’s negotiated responses to a country where she found herself marginalized, both as a woman and as a “horrid colonial” (CSS 153).

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  • Joanna Johnson
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  1. 1.University of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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