This unique reference offers alternate approaches to reading traditional literature, as well as suggestions for expanding the canon to include more gender sensitive works. Covering 96 of the most frequently taught works of fiction, essays offer teachers, librarians, and students fresh insights into the female perspective in literature.
Each title features: - An introductory chapter that provides detailed instructions on how to compose an effective essay- A succinct overview of the issues involved in writing about that particular author- Useful suggestions for paper topics- Coverage of the author's major works- An introduction by Harold Bloom.
Written in the mid-1800s, Jane Eyre maintains its universal appeal through the strength of its heroine-the poor, abused, plain orphan with a commanding and spirited personality. Jane's determination and wit win her the husband she so intensely loves, but the novel proves to be more than a rags-to-riches love story. Jane Eyre comments on the morality and prejudices of the times, and ultimately tells the tale of Jane's search for self. Book jacket.
This lucid and tightly-argued study uses the motif of the mentor-lover--embodying diverse permutations of sexual love, power and judgment--to explore, evaluate and compare the works of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot as they contend with issues of sexuality, family, selfhood, freedom, conduct and gender. The figure also provides a means to probe their relationship to the reader as they become mentor-lovers through authorship, each eliciting a different form of love and electing a different style of instruction.
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 analysis, it also contextualizes the novel in terms of the historical social issues it confronts. Expert commentary is supported with primary documents from 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.
Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre have remained continuously popular ever since their 1847 publication. Though their lives were tragically short, Charlotte and Emily Bront^De made significant contributions to the history of the novel as a respected literary form. This Student Companion offers an absorbing biographical account of the Bront^De sisters' upbringing, tracing the familial and personal influences that shaped their intellectual lives. A literary heritage chapter also helps students grasp the importance of the sisters' literary accomplishments. A thorough, clear critical analysis is provided for each novel, including sections on plot, character development, thematic issues, literary devices and craft, and the historical/social-cultural context of each work.
In this innovative and wide-ranging book, Byatt and the psychoanalyst Ignes Sodre bring their different sensibilities to bear on six novels they have read and loved: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Bronte's Villette, George Elliot'sDaniel Deronda, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, Iris Murdoch's An Unofficial Rose, and Toni Morrison's Beloved.
Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most perennially popular works of English fiction. Although the poor but plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance, she possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit and great courage. She is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order.
"Gothic literature has been described as the expression through story of the deepest human dread. This A-to-Z guide to Gothic literature covers everything from the origins of the movement in the 18th century with novels such as The Castle of Otranto and The Mysteries of Udolpho to the movement's flowering in the 19th century with the poetry and prose of such writers as the Bronte sisters and Edgar Allan Poe to its continuing influence today."
A critical companion to gothic literature, featuring an overview of the genre, and four topical essays that examine society, culture, and the gothic; gothic themes, settings, and figures; performing arts and the gothic; and visual arts and the gothic.
"Drawing from a range of biographical, critical, and primary sources, The Brontes A to Z is a comprehensive reference to the writings, characters, achievements, and personal history of the family." "More than 500 entries include: synopses of the Brontes' novels, poetry, articles, and essays, along with details on publication history and critical reception; descriptions of characters in the novels; background on family members, friends, publishers, and contemporaries; real and fictional places important to the lives and literary development of the Brontes; and social and political issues that influenced their work."
British Author Charlotte Bronte
Charlotte Bronte British Novelist.. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 19 Feb 2012.