Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Matthew Christensen

Second Advisor

Dr. Marci R. McMahon

Third Advisor

Dr. Caroline Miles


Creolization became an important element to creole identity by explaining the development of cultural mixing in the Caribbean. While many scholars have focused on the marginalization of creole identity at the hands of the colonizer, this paper addresses the way creole subjects use creolization as a form of agency. Two specific post-colonial texts will be explored in the order of Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea and Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven. The essay begins with Wide Sargasso Sea to gain an early historical context of the treatment of creole women, and to establish the need of developing a voice against patriarchal hegemony. No Telephone to Heaven evidences a post-revolutionary historical context and enforces a stronger sense of identity formation and healing through the process of creolization. Across both texts creole women throughout the centuries are given a sense of self through developments of acculturation and interculturation.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American