Title

“Once I Would Have Gone Back … But Not Any Longer”: Nostalgia and Narrative Ethics in Wide Sargasso Sea

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

18 p.

Publication Date

2003

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Source Publication

Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction

Source ISSN

0011-1619

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1080/00111610309599943

Abstract

[Bertha is] necessary to the plot, but always she shrieks, howls, laughs horribly, attacks all and sundry—offstage. For me (and for you I hope) she must be right on stage. (Jean Rhys, Letters 156)

We need, therefore, a kind of parallel history of, let us say, victimisation, which would counter the history of success and victory. To memorize the victims of history—the sufferers, the humiliated, the forgotten—should be a task for all of us at the end of this century. (Paul Ricoeur, “Memory and Forgetting” 10-11)

Comments

Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 44, No. 2 (2003): 157-174. DOI.