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Author:Azam, Nushrat
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.A.
Subject: English literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism , Women in literature, Women authors -- Psychology, Women and literature, English literature -- History and criticism
Date: 2013
Call No.: pac PR 116 .A932 2013
BRN: 1194634
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Abstract: This research paper will be an analysis of the mediums and effects of voice and silence in the lives of the female characters of the two re-written post-colonial texts: Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea and J. M. Coetzee’s Foe. The paper provides detailed analyses of the representation of female characters in the post-colonial era by analyzing Wide Sargasso Sea and Foe, which are prime examples of post-colonial literature. This paper also shows how a re-written text can give a new meaning to a character and story of a novel, such as in Wide Sargasso Sea, where the character of Antoinette tells the untold story of Bertha in Jane Eyre and in Foe where the character of Susan Barton gives readers a feminine outlook on the famous tale known asRobinson Crusoe.The paper is divided into five chapters. The first chapter is a brief introduction to the theory of voice with regards to feminism. The second chapter is an analysis of the gaps in narration and mediums of expression of the female narrator, Antoinette, in Wide Sargasso Sea. The third chapter deals with the voice of the female protagonist of Foe, Susan Barton, and her power struggles with men in defining herself and figuring out her identity. The fourth chapter is a comparative study of the similarities and differences between these two post-colonial novels, in regards to the representation of the female protagonists. The final chapter reviews the conclusions that can be reached from the discussions in the previous chapters. After analyzing female voices from the two texts, it can be concluded that these two post-colonial novels gave the female voice much more importance than their previous counterparts. While the female characters in Wide Sargasso Sea and Foe had more authority to voice their feelings and to portray themselves as unique and independent individuals than in literature of previous eras, both Antoinette and Susan Barton were still dependent on men to define their identity and satisfaction with life. This represents the early post-colonial times in which these novels where written, when women were starting to gain liberation but had still not completely moved on from the notions of patriarchal societies that they had grown up in.
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