"A wary silence": Definitions of trauma and negative space in Jean Rhys's "Good Morning, Midnight"
Hecklinger, Kelly K.
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The introduction of this work addresses the issue of difficulties in studying modernist writer Jean Rhys and her novel Good Morning, Midnight . While it has been theorized as a woman's text, postcolonial text and minority text, most of these categorizations narrow the results of inquiry. Instead of taking any one of these approaches, it delves into all of them and others through the study of trauma and a reevaluation of its premises. From this foundation the first chapter explores ways in which the protagonist, Sasha Jensen, embodies and performs acts of trauma as experience. The second chapter deals with ways in which these ideas and experiences of trauma are explored through the aesthetic, semantic and grammatical manipulation applied through use of negative space in the text. The third and final chapter assesses how the abovementioned affects the novel's reception and place in and out of the modernist canon. Ultimately, this thesis is by no means exhaustive on any of the topics raised; however, it effectively opens the novel, theoretical approaches and analytic reception for new explorations.