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Palgrave Macmillan

Rhys Matters

New Critical Perspectives

ISBN 9781137327901
Publication Date August 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series New Caribbean Studies

Rhys Matters argues for the importance of Rhys's work to a more complete understanding of modernism, postcolonial studies, Caribbean studies, and women's and gender studies. This book is the first collection of essays focusing on Rhys's writing in over twenty years, and draws together original essays that make significant new interventions in Rhys scholarship. The collection surveys nearly all of Rhys's major works, as well as providing insights into her position in various disciplinary fields including literary studies, philosophy, material studies, and Caribbean studies. Ultimately, the collection demonstrates how, and why, Rhys matters now, in the broad view of twentieth-century studies.

  • Short-listed for the 2015 MSA Book Prize

Mary Wilson is Assistant Professor of English at Christopher Newport University, USA. She is the author of The Labors of Modernism: Domesticity, Servants, and Authorship in Modernist Fiction.

Kerry Johnson is Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at Merrimack College, USA. She has published essays in the Journal of Caribbean Literatures, Modern Fiction Studies, and World Literature Written in English and is currently working on a book project, Landscape, Gender, and Nation in Modernist Fiction.

Foreword; Mary Lou Emery
Introduction; Mary Wilson and Kerry L. Johnson
1. Menu, Memento, Souvenir: Suffering and Social Imagination in Good Morning, Midnight; Andrea Zemgulys
2. Clockwork Women: Temporality and Form in Jean Rhys's Interwar Novels; Nicole Flynn
3. Language and Belonging in Jean Rhys's Voyage in the Dark; Ania Spyra

4. Religion and Rhys; Steve Pinkerton
5. "No Pride, No Name, No Face, No Country": Jewishness and National Identity in Good Morning, Midnight; Jess Issacharoff
6. The Country and the City in Jean Rhys's Voyage in the Dark; Regina Martin
7. '…that misty zone which divides life from death': The Concept of the Zombi in Jean Rhys's Short Fiction; Melanie Otto
8. Reclaiming the Left Bank: Jean Rhys's 'Topography' in Left Bank and Quartet; David Armstrong
9.The Trouble with 'Victim': Triangulated Masochism in Jean Rhys's Quartet; Jennifer Mitchell
10. The Good Life Will Start Again: Rest, Return, and Remainder in Good Morning, Midnight; Andrew Kalaidjian
11. The Un-happy Short Story Cycle: Jean Rhys's Sleep it off, Lady; Paul Ardoin

Andrea Zemgulys, University of Michigan, USA

Ania Spyra, Butler University, USA

Nicole Flynn, South Dakota State University, USA

Steve Pinkerton, Cornell University, USA

Jess Issacharoff, University of Iowa, USA

Regina Martin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Melanie Otto, Trinity College Dublin, UK

David Armstrong, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

Mary Lou Emery, University of Iowa, USA

Jennifer Mitchell, Independent Scholar

Paul Ardoin, Florida State University, USA


'This project makes a significant contribution to Rhys studies. Together the essays re-situate Rhys as a modernist and a Caribbean writer. It is an important step in bringing Rhys recognition as a modernist outside of the specific fields of postcolonial and feminist literary studies. It also broadens the scope of Caribbean approaches to Rhys.' – Leah Rosenberg, Associate Professor of English, University of Florida, USA
"This timely collection puts the full body of Jean Rhys's work into conversation with a new generation of scholarship regarding affect and politics. These insightful and incisive essays probe Rhys's disruptive critiques of economics, religion and sexual and racial politics and suggest why and how Jean Rhys matters to 21st century readers." - Judith Raiskin, Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies Department, University of Oregon, USA
"This is a great demonstration of a new generation's commitment to Rhys studies. Rhys died in 1979, so it is still early days for the literary dust to settle, but this collection proves her work attracts successive generations of discriminating and trained readers. The essays shrewdly find interstices in Rhys criticism, some areas noted but not explored very much before, and some finding new approaches to Rhys texts. The collection is collectively informed and adept with regard to earlier readings of Rhys. The title itself sums up the importance of this collection, which deals with matters in Rhys criticism and proves that Rhys still matters." - Elaine Savory, The New School, USA and author of Jean Rhys and The Cambridge Introduction to Jean Rhys
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