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  • Jane Eyre Lecture

    1. 1. “ Jane Eyre” Charlotte Brontë
    2. 2. Charlotte Brontë 1816-1855 <ul><li>Daughter of Irish-born Protestant clergy-man </li></ul><ul><li>Tragedy – death of mother( in 1821) and 2 sisters </li></ul><ul><li>Tuberculosis, typhus  poor conditions at boarding school (inspiration) </li></ul><ul><li>Parsonage at Haworth on the edge of Yorkshire moors </li></ul><ul><li>Sisters: Emily, Anne; Brother: Branwell </li></ul>
    3. 3. Family ties <ul><li>Branwell – an artist (died 1848) </li></ul><ul><li>Emily Brontë (died 1848) </li></ul><ul><li>Most poetic of three sisters </li></ul><ul><li>Pen name Ellis Bell </li></ul><ul><li>Only novel “Wuthering Heights” (1847) </li></ul><ul><li>No use of the events in her own life </li></ul><ul><li>Novel stands out by its dramatic and poetic force </li></ul><ul><li>Futher info about the Brontë family </li></ul>
    4. 4. Charlotte Brontë – literary career <ul><li>Jane Eyre – published in 1847 - instant success </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Life of Charlotte Brontë” by Elizabeth Gaskell = one of the most famous biographies of the Victorian era </li></ul><ul><li>Other works: “Villette”, “Shirley”, “The Professor” </li></ul><ul><li>Collection of poems published in 1846 by Currer , Ellis and Acton (Anne) Bell </li></ul>
    5. 5. “ Life” by Currer Bell audio <ul><li>Life, believe, is not a dream So dark as sages say; Oft a little morning rain Foretells a pleasant day. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes there are clouds of gloom, But these are transient all; If the shower will make the roses bloom, O why lament its fall? </li></ul>
    6. 7. Write down as many facts as you can about the life of Brontë family. You have 2 minutes
    7. 8. Jane Eyre 1 <ul><li>1st-person narrative of the title character </li></ul><ul><li>Famous Gothic romance </li></ul><ul><li>New kind of heroine : defiantly virtuous, morally courageous and fiercely independent </li></ul><ul><li>Inspired numerous adaptions for TV and film </li></ul><ul><li>Inspired other author’s works including Jean Rhys’ ‘ prequel ’ Wide Sargasso Sea (1966). </li></ul>
    8. 9. Jane Eyre 2 – stages in the book <ul><li>Jane's childhood at Gateshead </li></ul><ul><li>Jane's education at Lowood School </li></ul><ul><li>Jane's time as governess at Thornfield Manor </li></ul><ul><li>Jane's time with the Riverses </li></ul><ul><li>Jane's reunion with Mr. Rochester </li></ul>
    9. 10. Important issues in Jane Eyre <ul><li>the relations between men and women </li></ul><ul><li>women's equality </li></ul><ul><li>the treatment of children and of women </li></ul><ul><li>religious faith and religious hypocrisy (and the difference between the two) </li></ul><ul><li>the realization of selfhood </li></ul><ul><li>the nature of true love </li></ul><ul><li>more themes here </li></ul>
    10. 11. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys <ul><li>1966 by Dominica-born author </li></ul><ul><li>Story of the first Mrs. Rochester, Antoinette (Bertha) Mason, a white Creole heiress </li></ul><ul><li>From the time of her youth in the Caribbean to her unhappy marriage and relocation to England </li></ul><ul><li>Oppressive patriarchal society </li></ul><ul><li>Belonging neither to the white Europeans nor the black Jamaicans </li></ul><ul><li>Re-imagines Brontë's devilish madwoman in the attic </li></ul>
    11. 12. Wide Sargasso Sea 2006
    12. 13. The end
    13. 14. Gothic <ul><li>Prominent features of Gothic fiction include: </li></ul><ul><li>Terror (both psychological and physical) </li></ul><ul><li>Mystery </li></ul><ul><li>The supernatural - ghosts </li></ul><ul><li>Haunted houses and Gothic architecture, castles </li></ul><ul><li>Darkness, death, decay, doubles </li></ul><ul><li>Madness, secrets and hereditary curses </li></ul>back
    14. 15. Yorkshire moors Tagasi