Creole Legacies in Rhys's <i>Wide Sargasso Sea</i> and Pramoedya's <i>This Earth of Mankind</i>

Christopher GoGwilt

in The Passage of Literature

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751624
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866199 | DOI:
Creole Legacies in Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and Pramoedya's This Earth of Mankind

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Chapter 5 compares Rhys's use of the stereotype of the Creole heiress in Wide Sargasso Sea with Pramoedya's use of a similar stereotype in This Earth of Mankind. The chapter situates this stereotype within a comparative linguistic and literary context, considering also the example of Louis Couperus's Dutch novel, The Hidden Force (1900). Examining this stereotype as part of the legacy of changing colonial and postcolonial senses of the word Creole itself, the comparison reveals how the Creole heiress serves as a linguistic and literary point of reference for contested genealogies of modernism and modernity.

Keywords: Jean Rhys; Pramoedya Ananta Toer; Louis Couperous; Wide Sargasso Sea; This Earth of Mankind; The Hidden Force; Creole; heiress

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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