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Becoming Bertha: Virtual difference and repetition in postcolonial 'writing back', a Deleuzian reading of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea

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Becoming Bertha : Virtual difference and repetition in postcolonial 'writing back', a Deleuzian reading of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea. / Burns, Lorna Margaret.

In: Deleuze Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, 03.2010, p. 16-41.

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Burns, LM 2010, 'Becoming Bertha: Virtual difference and repetition in postcolonial 'writing back', a Deleuzian reading of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea', Deleuze Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 16-41. https://doi.org/10.3366/E1750224110000784

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Burns, L. M. (2010). Becoming Bertha: Virtual difference and repetition in postcolonial 'writing back', a Deleuzian reading of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea. Deleuze Studies, 4(1), 16-41. https://doi.org/10.3366/E1750224110000784

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Burns LM. Becoming Bertha: Virtual difference and repetition in postcolonial 'writing back', a Deleuzian reading of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea. Deleuze Studies. 2010 Mar;4(1):16-41. https://doi.org/10.3366/E1750224110000784

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Burns, Lorna Margaret. / Becoming Bertha : Virtual difference and repetition in postcolonial 'writing back', a Deleuzian reading of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea. In: Deleuze Studies. 2010 ; Vol. 4, No. 1. pp. 16-41.

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