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This volume, based on the 1848 third edition of Bronte’s classic novel, reprints the text of Jane Eyre accompanied by documents and illustrations that place the work in its historical context. It then features specially chosen essays that read Jane Eyre from several contemporary critical perspectives. The text, documents, and essays are complemented by biographical and critical introductions, bibliographies, and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms. In this second edition, the section of cultural documents and illustrations is entirely new, as are recent exemplary critical essays that represent and synthesize several current critical approaches.
Charlotte Brontë was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, in 1816. She published Jane Eyre under the pen name Currer Bell and wrote three other novels, Shirley, Villette and The Professor (published posthumously).
Table of Contents
*New to this editionPART ONE: THE COMPLETE TEXT IN CULTURAL CONTEXTIntroduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts The Complete Text of Jane Eyre *Cultural Documents and Illustrations PART TWO: A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY CRITICISMA Critical History of Jane Eyre Marxist Criticism and Jane Eyre *Terry Eagleton, "Jane Eyre" Feminist Criticism and Jane Eyre Sandra M. Gilbert "Plain Jane’s ProgressCombining Marxist and Feminist Criticism Susan Fraiman, "Jane Eyre’s Fall from Grace," Combining Feminist Criticism with Disability Studies *Elizabeth J. Donaldson, "The Corpus of the Madwoman: Toward a Feminist Disability Studies Theory of Embodiment in Mental Illness Postcolonial Criticism and Jane Eyre *Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, from "Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism" *Erin O’Connor, from "Preface for a Postcolonial Criticism" *Deidre David,, "She Who Must Be Obeyed: A Response to Erin O’Connor" Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms