Rewriting the Canon examines the dynamics of revisionary writing that gives impetus to an assessment of power relations and exposes the underlying ideology in the construction of canonical discourse of literature and the narratives of documented history. The book is written in an accessible yet intellectually sophisticated manner to address one of the most challenging topics in the field of literature. Rewriting the Canon is an academic book which looks into the revisionary writing of Jane Eyre through the text of Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea on one hand and Freud’s case history through Cixous’ play Portrait of Dora on the other. It deftly summarizes and compares the revisionary work in two diametrically different texts yet fusing them together with a common thread of revision.
Syed Umra Shah is a PhD scholar in the department of English, University of Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir. She has also taught in the department for three years and has been academically involved therein. The present work is a conversion of her MPhil dissertation (submitted in 2012) into a book form.
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