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Approaches to Teaching Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre

Editor(s): Diane Long Hoeveler, Beth Lau

Pages: ix & 180 pp.
Published: 1993
ISBN: 9780873527064

"A gap-filler for non-specialists and a stimulus to the knowledgeable.... The book is jargon-free. It could also usefully be read by students themselves."
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The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

Taught more frequently than any of Charlotte Brontë's other novels, Jane Eyre presents distinct problems for the contemporary undergraduate instructor, one being the work's sheer length. Almost all the instructors who responded to a survey conducted for this volume spent two to three weeks teaching the novel in their courses and seminars; their students discovered, in the words of the volume coeditor Diane Long Hoeveler, "as much about themselves, their own memories of childhood, their own struggles for autonomy, as they [did] about the cultural, social, economic, religious, and literary backgrounds that constitute the milieu of the novel."

Like other books in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, this one is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," discusses editions, relevant background and critical studies, biographies, bibliographies, and other aids to teaching. In the second part, "Approaches," twenty contributors discuss Brontë's background and biography; the influence of Christianity, fairy tales, and Gothic fiction on her work; the themes of the novel and its social and political implications; its film and stage adaptations; relevant artworks (paintings, etchings, and portraits); and various theoretical approaches to teaching the book.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Brontë's Jane Eyre

Beth Lau

Background Studies
Critical Studies
Aids to Teaching


Diane Long Hoeveler

Teaching the Times and the Life

Jane Eyre and A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
James Diedrick

The Place of Jane Eyre in the Brontë Family Canon
Janet H. Freeman

Jane Eyre and Biography
Thomas L. Jeffers

Jane Eyre and the Governess in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Mary Poovey

Teaching the Literary and Philosophical Traditions

Jane Eyre, Bertha, and the Female Gothic
Tamar Heller

"Beauty and the Beast": Growing Up with Jane Eyre
Phyllis C. Ralph

Jane Eyre and Christianity
Susan VanZanten Gallagher

Jane Eyre: Charlotte Brontë's New Bible
Keith A. Jenkins

Teaching Specific Contexts

Jane Eyre and Narrative Voice
John O. Jordan

Fire and Light in Jane Eyre
Mary Burgan

Contrast and Liminality: Structure and Antistructure in Jane Eyre
Mark M. Hennelly, Jr.

Jane Eyre and Pictorial Representation
Margaret Goscilo

Jane Eyre and Imperialism
John Kucich

Jane Eyre and the Politics of Style
Dennis W. Allen

Jane Eyre through the Body: Food, Sex, Discipline
Diane Long Hoeveler

Jane Eyre as a Novel of Vindication
Bernard J. Paris

Jane Eyre and Family Sytems Therapy
Jerome Bump

Rediscovering Jane Eyre through Its Adaptations
Donna Marie Nudd

Taking a Walk; or, Setting Forth from Gateshead
Robert L. Patten

A Kristevan Reading of the Marriage Plot in Jane Eyre
David Rosenwasser

Works Cited

Editions of Jane Eyre
Books and Articles
Films and Filmstrips


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