Author: Maria Thomas

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A Woman Alone: Navigating the Complication of Belonging in the British West Indies

“They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did. But we were not in their ranks.”

So begins Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys’ tale of a Creole heiress, Antoinette Cosway, stuck between two worlds she can never fully inhabit. Published to critical acclaim in 1966, the book was envisaged as a prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, a way to reclaim the madwoman in the attic, Mr. Rochester’s first wife, by giving her a name and a voice, along with a tragic story.Read More