Critical Insights: Jane Eyre

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Editor: Katie R. Peel, University
of North Carolina Wilmington
January 2014 · 1 volume · 
300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-61925-218-9
# of Pages: 300
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In-depth critical discussions of Charlotte Bronte's novel, plus complimentary, unlimited access to the full content of this great literary reference in Salem's online database.

Critical Insights: Jane Eyre presents a variety of new essays on Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, considered by many to have revolutionized the art of fiction. Many agree that Bronte was ahead of her time as she explored the individualistic character of Jane, and topics such as classism, sexuality, religion and issues of gender.

Edited by Katie R. Peel, professor of Victorian literature and Women's Studies at The University of North Carolina, this volume includes a variety of fresh approaches, including essays using feminist, reader-response, postcolonial, and performance theories. The essays’ topics have also been chosen in order to enhance understanding of the novel and existing scholarship, and include the role of Adele, humor, religion, games and gamesmanship, conversation, and women’s space in Jane Eyre, as well as a comparison to Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South.

Critical Insights: Jane Eyre is divided into four sections: an introductory section, a “Critical Contexts” section, a “Critical Readings” Section, and a “Resources” section. The Introduction considers why we still turn to Jane Eyre. It takes a new historical approach that connects a passage in the novel to an image that would be familiar to contemporary readers. The “Critical Contexts” section takes four distinct approaches to the novel, while the “Critical Readings” section consists of nine new essays that take a range of approaches to various topics in Jane Eyre, such as the conflict between obedience and resistance, and submission and dominance.

One might think that all has been said with respect to Jane Eyre, but the essays in Critical Insights: Jane Eyre indicate that the conversation continues in important ways. The hope is that this collection of essays not only provides useful resources, but also inspires the reader’s own engagement in the novel