Re-Imagining the Victorian Classics: Postcolonial Feminist Rewritings of Emily Brontë Thesis

thesis or dissertation chair

fiu authors

  • Celestrin, Yannel

abstract

  • ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS

    RE-IMAGINING THE VICTORIAN CLASSICS: POSTCOLONIAL FEMINIST REWRITINGS OF EMILY BRONTË

    by

    Yannel M. Celestrin

    Florida International University, 2018

    Miami, Florida

    Professor Martha Schoolman, Major Professor

    Through a post-structural lens, I will focus on the Caribbean, specifically Cuba, Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante, and Roseau, and how the history of colonialism impacted these islands. As the primary text of my thesis begins during the Cuban War of Independence of the 1890s, I will use this timeframe as the starting point of my analysis. In my thesis, I will compare Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heightsand Maryse Condé’s Windward Heights. Specifically, I will examine Condé’s processes of reimagining and rewriting Brontë’s narrative by deconstructing the notions of history, race, gender, and class. I will also explore ways in which Condé disrupts the hegemonic and linear notions of narrative temporality in an attempt to unsilence the voices of colonized subjects. I argue that Condé’s work is a significant contribution to the practice of rewriting as well as to the canon of Caribbean literary history. I argue that the very process of rewriting is a powerful mode of resistance against colonizing powers and hegemonic discourse.

publication date

  • March 27, 2018

keywords

  • Anglophone literature
  • Caribbean
  • Francophone literature
  • class
  • gender
  • literature
  • narrative temporality
  • post colonialism
  • post structuralism
  • race

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