Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys' Reading of Jane Eyre

Document Type : Research Paper


1 M. A. graduate of English language and literature from Razi University, Kermanshah

2 Assisting Instructor of Faculty of literature and languages, Velayat University.


Generally, when studying texts, reference to other texts is obligatory and this is what intertextuality and the interconnectedness of texts means. One example is Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea, influenced by Bronte’s Jane Eyre, though Rhys with her twentieth century point of view has created a new world. David Herman knows the creation of this new world as the result of Rhys’ use of “weighing” technique based on which the occurrences of Jane Eyre’s exist in Wide Sargasso Sea, but Rhys’ point of view for evaluating the occurrences differs and the result becomes Wide Sargasso Sea. Wolfgang Iser believes that, while reading a literary text, the reader provides the parts not provided by the author. The present article, by referring to Rhys’ reading of Jane Eyre and her providing needed information not brought by the author, attends to the creation of Wide Sargasso Sea and Rhys’s weighing of Jane Eyre’s occurrences.


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