Welcome to the Christophine site
on the History and Literature of
It was a discoloured face-- it was a savage face. I wish I could
forget the roll of the red eyes and the fearful blackened inflamation of the
(from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë,
The Caribbean region has contributed a great deal to recent debates on
the state of literature and the position of the writer after the collapse of
Empire. This site aims to outline some of the main sites of resistance to the
colonial project, and the range of resources regarding the work of Jean Rhys.
An examination of Charlotte Brontë's work is also necessary to an
understanding of the forces which caused Rhys to react and produce one of the
richest examples of "writing back to the centre," (in the terms of Ashcroft,
Griffith and Tiffin) of the twentieth century.
The exhibit is divided into eight sections, each of which can enrich our
understanding of Rhys's project. The methodology is historicist, as an
understanding of the circumstances which informed Rhys's work can only aid an
examination of that work, especially for a student working in a geographically
This project was completed under the direction of Dr Leon Litvack as a requirement
for the MA degree in Modern Literary Studies in the School of English at the Queen's University
of Belfast. The site is evolving and will include contributions from
future generations of MA students on other writers and themes.