Jane Eyre, Paperback Book
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'Such a strange book! Imagine a novel with a little swarthy governess for heroine, and a middle-aged ruffian for hero.' Sharpe's London Magazine (June 1855) Jane Eyre is an orphan grown up under the harsh regime first of her aunt and then as a pupil at Lowood Institution.

She leaves to become a governess to the daughter of the mysterious Mr Rochester; gradually their relationship deepens, but Jane's passionate nature has yet to endure its deepest blows.

In this new edition Sally Shuttleworth explores the power of a narrative that questions the rights of women, the nature of servitude and madness, martyrdom and rebellion in a story whose emotional charge is a strong today as it was more than 150 years ago.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780199535590

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Used for the Open University course AA316 'The 19th C novel'. This 'bibliography' is as appealing now as it was then - Jane's youthful rebellion, her courage, the constant struggle against opposing forces and the final, peaceful, outcome, have all made the novel's success. Many themes can become apparent to the discerning reader: postcolonial, marxist, gender-related... The novel has many layers of understanding, as the more we read it, the more we perceive some important background information, because many mysteries get solved in the book: Jane Eyre's origin, the 'madwoman in the attic' s role in Rochester's life, or Jane's family link to the Rivers, for example. As ever, this is a classic novel that should *already* be in your library. If not, then do get a copy! :-)

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The "pale little elf" Jane, the master of Thornfield, & that ghostly vampire in the manor attic: a fantasy universe without anything supernatural. With the subtlety of Jane Austen & the harsh bleakness of Charlotte's sister Emily Brontë, this is an exceptional literary product of the Victorian age. The story itself is trivial & incredible at almost every step. But the narration & character gallery - which includes such complex, sorcerous figures as the fanatic clergyman & missionary StJohn Rivers - makes you drown conventional notions of realism & lose yourself in a spare, monochrome, yet infinitely deep simulation.The 2011 film by C Fukunaga does good justice to the book.

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