In its consideration of Woolf, Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys
, and the Aesthetics of Trauma works best when it interweaves biographical material from Woolf's life, analysis of Woolf's literary writing, and theoretical perspectives about trauma and women's writing.
Through detailed analysis of texts by Toni Morrison, Jean Rhys
I did an adaptation of Jane Eyre about ten years ago, and then I went on and did a piece about Jean Rhys
, who wrote a prequel to Jane Eyre," she recalls.
In accepting the award, Kirkpatrick, 59, quoted author Jean Rhys
to 400 people at the Airport Embassy Suites Hotel: "All of life is like a lake made up of many stories, fed by many streams.
And the story, based on the life of feted author Jean Rhys
, ends with a glimmer of hope.
There are people you'd know, like Jean Rhys
, but there are lots of people I'd never heard of.
In analysing the writings of Jean Rhys
, Joan Riley, Afua Cooper, Mahadi Das, Jamaica Kincaid, Ramabai Espinet, Dionne Brand, and Claire Harris--Caribbean women who are in Diaspora either in Canada, England or The United States--the author discovers what she calls the ethic of independence.
She is about to revisit her role as the writer Jean Rhys
in the stage production After Mrs Rochester, which opens at the Richmond Theatre in London next month before it is staged at festivals in Australia and New Zealand.
Polly Teale and the Shared Experience theatre company have concocted a sequel of sorts to their bracing Jane Eyre: After Mrs Rochester, based on the life and writing of novelist Jean Rhys
(Wide Sargasso Sea).
The programme features extracts from new plays by Lewis Davies, a regular contributor to HTV's Nuts and Bolts, Mark Ryan, Paula Griffiths and Jean Rhys
, author of the Wide Sargasso Sea The project is similar to the pub theatre at Dempsey's, Cardiff, where Theatr Y Byd's Ian Rowlands used to stage his short plays.
In Part Two, Rody turns her attention to Caribbean fictions, analyzing novels by Anglophone writers Jamaica Kincaid, Jean Rhys
and Michelle Cliff, and Francophone writer Maryse Conde.
Impressionistic, roving, idiosyncratic, Alexis Lykiard's Jean Rhys
Revisited is not a scholarly book, yet scholars and readers alike will find much of interest in its observations of Rhys, whom Lykiard befriended during the last years of her life, and in its perceptive reading of her work.