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This course offers an in-depth reading of one colonial classic of British literature - in this case Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel Jane Eyre - and then studies how it has been challendged by different postcolonial re-writings. They will take us to two explorations of the silenced Caribbean dimensions of the original novel (Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea and Marlon James, The Book of Night Women), and finally to contemprorary New York (and South Korea) (Patricia Park, Re Jane).
Trigger warning: Marlon James's novel contains very explicit descriptions of extreme sexualised and racialised violence. I advise against taking this course if you feel unable to read James on these grounds. I include James's text as this violence is in many ways foundational for the rise of Western modernity and should be made reflexive. It also poses complex intersectional questions to feminist readings of Jane Eyre (and Wide Sargasso Sea).
Please buy and read:
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Marlon James, The Book of Night Women
Patricia Park, Re Jane
I expect students to ideally have read Jane Eyre before the beginning of term.
Essay(s) 1000 words
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