Understanding Jane Eyre

Understanding Jane Eyre

A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

eBook - 2001
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Immediately popular when published over a century and a half ago, Jane Eyre has continued to find appreciative audiences since. This student casebook offers a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of Charlotte Bronte's landmark novel. While it gives insightful literary, it also contextualizes the novel in terms of the historical social issues it confronts. Expert commentary is supported with primary documents such as legal and medical treatises, magazine articles, letters, essays and first hand accounts. A personal biography written by Elizabeth Gaskell, an acquaintance of Bronte, offers a detailed account of the Cowan Bridge School which Charlotte attended and fictionalized in Jane Eyre.

Greenwood Pub Group
Explores serious social issues confronted in Jane Eyre and contextualizes them with a variety of primary source materials including first hand accounts.

Book News
Teachman (English literature and composition, New Mexico State U.) provides commentary to selected primary source material pertaining to the historical, political, and social contexts of the novel. She includes legal and medical documents, articles from popular magazines, personal letters, essays, and autobiographical accounts of the time in order to give background on the form and purpose of education for Victorian girls, the role of the governess, the diagnosis and treatment of madness in women, and the relationship between marriage and inheritance as they were governed by law and custom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

& Taylor

Analyzes the novel in the context of its times, and examines its major themes of education for women, the role of governesses, madness and Victorian women, and inheritance and marriage law and custom.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2001
ISBN: 9780313007118
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 212 pages) : illustrations
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