In this book, Lucy Wilson addresses the need for both authors and their female protagonists to immerse themselves in their communities and nations and to join the dialogue that has traditionally been reserved for men. However, the need for women to join the discourse crosses all geographical boundaries. Wilson takes the lessons she has learned from strong West Indian female characters, and the creative minds that bring them to life, and in turn encourages all women to find strength in themselves. In Due Season is a collection of essays that have appeared in journals and anthologies between 1986 and 2006. The essays in Part One discuss the need for a new model of female development as the traditional bildungsroman is incompatible with the world experienced by contemporary female characters from developing nations. Part Two analyzes the major works of Jean Rhys, including Wide Sargasso Sea and Voyage in the Dark.
Lucy Wilson is Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Forward Chapter 3 Introduction: In Due Season: Coming of Age in Caribbean Literature Part 4 Part I: Stages of Female Development Chapter 5 Dialogic Interplay in Coming-of-Age Novels by West Indian Women Writers Chapter 6 The Novel of Relational Autonomy: West Indian Writers and the Evolution of Genre Chapter 7 Aging and Ageism in Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow and Beryl Gilroy's Frangipani House Chapter 8 Reading Kincaid's The Autobiography of My Mother Part 9 Part II: Jean Rhys's West Indian Outcasts Chapter 10 'Women Must Have Spunks': Jean Rhys's West Indian Outcasts Chapter 11 European or Caribbean: Jean Rhys and the Language of Exile Chapter 12 Helen of the Culture Wars: Jean Rhys and the Critics