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5. Christophine and Obeah
About this Lecture
In this module, Janelle discusses the character of the Christophine and the use of obeah, a kind of magic, sorcery, or other religious practices that is found in the West Indies. In particular, she looks at Antoinette's (positive) use of obeah on Rochester, but also Rochester's apparent (negative) use of obeah on Antoinette.
In this course, we explore Jean Rhys' 'Wide Sargasso Sea' alongside 'Jane Eyre'. Written as a prequel to 'Jane Eyre', 'Wide Sargasso Sea' shares many of the same themes (not to mention characters) as Bronte's novel. In this course, we look at the structure of both novels, before comparing and contrasting the major and minor characters. We then move on to explore key themes, including 'Neglect', 'Violence', 'Magic and the Supernatural', and 'Romantic Love'. The course also includes a useful overview of the ethnic backgrounds of all the characters in 'Wide Sargasso Sea' (including a definition of 'Creole')
Janelle is a doctoral student at Newcastle University, writing on fictional representations of Obeah (a syncretic spiritual, religious and medicinal system developed in the Caribbean by enslaved Africans) in the Anglophone Caribbean.
Her research interests include theories of the novel, identity politics, nationalism in literature and literary activism, African spirituality, race and representation, travel writing, inherited trauma, creolisation, hybridity and globalisation.
Cite this Lecture
Rodriques, J. (2018, August 15). Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre - Christophine and Obeah [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/wide-sargasso-sea-and-jane-eyre/christophine-and-obeah
Rodriques, J. "Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre – Christophine and Obeah." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/wide-sargasso-sea-and-jane-eyre/christophine-and-obeah