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Jean Rhys [electronic resource] : a study of the short fiction /
Cheryl Alexander Malcolm, David Malcolm.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996.
xix, 144 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0805708553 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996.
0805708553 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 133-139) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-05-01:
This first full-length study of Jean Rhys's short stories might be best described as a source book, combining as it does analysis of the stories found in The Left Bank & Other Stories (1927) and Tigers Are Better-Looking (1968). Malcolm and Malcolm (both Univ. of Gdansk, Poland) provide several kinds of apparatus to assist in reading and understanding the stories: 1) more than a dozen excerpts from Rhys's letters on the topics of short stories, being a woman writer, and Dominica; 2) an excerpt from a conversation between Rhys and David Plante on the topic of stories; 3) excerpts from a dozen and a half contemporaneous reviews and from the work of literary critics; 4) a chronology of Rhys's life; 5) a fairly complete bibliography of primary and secondary sources. The authors assert that the sole theme of Rhys's stories is that of the outsider, an insight they acknowledge is not new. Though they look at the meaning of race, gender, class, and age as found in the short fiction, their analysis, on balance, is pedestrian, focusing on "technical matters ... narration ... plot, action, and setting," areas they claim have been neglected in earlier studies. Recommended for collections serving newcomers to Rhys's work and undergraduates. E. R. Baer Gustavus Adolphus College
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Main Description
This is the only series to provide in-depth critical introductions to major modern and contemporary short story writers worldwide. Each volume offers: -- A comprehensive overview of the artist's short fiction -- including detailed analyses of every significant story -- Interviews, essays, memoirs and other biographical materials -- often previously unpublished -- A representative selection of critical responses -- A comprehensive primary bibliography, a selected bibliography of important criticism, a chronology of the artist's life and works and an index
Unpaid Annotation
With Jean Rhys: A Study of the Short Fiction, Cheryl Alexander Malcolm and David Malcolm provide the first full-length critical analysis of Rhys's contributions to the short story genre. Maintaining that Rhys's overriding interest was the outsider - "the underdog, the normally silenced, the excluded, the ignored" - the Malcolms examine the stories from the perspective of this motif. Selected stories - among them "Illusion", "Mannequin", and "Let Them Call It Jazz" - are given in-depth treatment, as are the heretofore neglected technical aspects of Rhys's work: narration, style, plot, action, and setting.
Table of Contents
The Short Fiction
Jean Rhys's Art of the Short Storyp. 3
Outsiders/Insidersp. 15
In Englandp. 36
The Coloniesp. 72
The Writer
From The Letters of Jean Rhysp. 106
David Plante's Conversations with Jean Rhysp. 111
The Critics
Conrad Aikenp. 118
New Statesman, 30 April 1927p. 119
Times Literary Supplement, 5 May 1927p. 119
Ford Madox Fordp. 120
Francis Hopep. 121
Publishers Weekly, 26 August 1974p. 121
Diane Johnsonp. 121
Robert Leiterp. 122
George Stadep. 122
Susannah Clappp. 123
Nick Tottonp. 124
Rayner Heppenstallp. 124
Paul Piazzap. 125
Molly Hitep. 126
Veronica Marie Greggp. 128
Laura Niesen de Abrunap. 128
Linda Bamberp. 129
Nancy J. Leighp. 129
Coral Ann Howellsp. 130
Chronologyp. 131
Selected Bibliographyp. 133
Indexp. 141
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