"The absence of a narrative of causality is precisely what prevents Edward from identifying with her tales and from believing - or even wanting to hear - her side of her mother's story."
Carine Melkom Mardorossian, "Double (De)Colonization and the Feminist Criticism of Wide Sargasso Sea"
I'll admit, my English brain must be a little rusty - for the life of me I couldn't remember what narrative causality was. So, like most college students, I took my search straight to Google's homepage. (I'm not perfect after all, and I do have some prior knowledge - I just don't remember it.)
What I came up with was some lecture notes from George Kampis at JAIST: Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. I thought they were kind of interesting in general. But, according to Kampis, the role of causation in narrative, "is made explicit here: actions and events do not just freely 'follow' each other but are consequences."
In Wide Sargasso Sea, I agree that this is the case. Events don't simply 'follow' each other - and Rochester had his mind made up before any events occurred, is that really narrative causality? No, it isn't. Problems, problems, problems.Posted by Diana Geleskie at October 30, 2007 12:04 PM | TrackBack