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Humanities 2019, 8(1), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8010015

African by Exposure: Caregivers, Madness, and the Contagious Other in García Márquez’s Of Love and Other Demons and Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea

Department of English, George Williams College of Aurora University, Williams Bay, WI 53191, USA
Received: 19 November 2018 / Revised: 15 December 2018 / Accepted: 15 January 2019 / Published: 18 January 2019
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The following article discusses Gabriel García Márquez’s Of Love and Other Demons and Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea. Specifically, this article will discuss the parallel ways that two novels critique the nature of postcolonial development in the Caribbean, particularly in regard to race and hybridity. Within the novels, the child protagonists and their African/black creole nursemaids follow surprisingly similar plots, though the settings, contexts, and styles of the two texts differ greatly. In these two novels while the white protagonists both die because of their hybrid navigation of their environment, their nurse/mothers survive, largely because of their maintenance of African practices. In many ways, the nurse mothers’ survival and attempts to heal their charges present potential antidotes for the “disease” produced by slavery. The purpose of this paper is to explore those parallel developments in plot, and to look at the ways the two texts disrupt and reinforce colonial hegemonic norms through their depictions of both the nurses and their charges. View Full-Text
Keywords: García Márquez; Jean Rhys; Postcolonial; Caribbean Literature García Márquez; Jean Rhys; Postcolonial; Caribbean Literature
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Harvey, M.L. African by Exposure: Caregivers, Madness, and the Contagious Other in García Márquez’s Of Love and Other Demons and Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea. Humanities 2019, 8, 15.

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