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Title: Becoming Bertha : Virtual difference and repetition in postcolonial 'writing back', a Deleuzian reading of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea
Authors: Burns, Lorna Margaret
Keywords: Caribbean literature-20th century-History and criticism
Deleuze, Gilles
Postcolonialism in literature
Jean Rhys
Continental philosophy
Wide Sargasso Sea
Difference and Repetition
Writing back
Becoming
PN0080 Criticism
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Citation: Burns , L M 2010 , ' Becoming Bertha : Virtual difference and repetition in postcolonial 'writing back', a Deleuzian reading of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea ' Deleuze Studies , vol 4 , no. 1 , pp. 16-41 .
Abstract: Critical responses to Wide Sargasso Sea have seized upon Rhys's novel as an exemplary model of writing back. Looking beyond the actual repetitions which recall Brontë’s text, I explore Rhys's novel as an expression of virtual difference and becomings that exemplify Deleuze's three syntheses of time. Elaborating the processes of becoming that Deleuze's third synthesis depicts, Antoinette's fate emerges not as a violence against an original identity. Rather, what the reader witnesses is a series of becomings or masks, some of which are validated, some of which are not, and it is in the rejection of certain masks, forcing Antoinette to become-Bertha, that the greatest violence lies.
Version: Publisher PDF
Status: Peer reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10023/3064
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/E1750224110000784
ISSN: 1750-2241
Type: Journal article
Rights: (c) 2010 Edinburgh University Press
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