Jane Eyre

ISBN-10: 0312095457
ISBN-13: 9780312095451
Edition: 1996
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Description: Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Bedford/St. Martin's innovative Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series has introduced more than a quarter of a million students to literary theory and earned enthusiastic praise  More...

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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 1/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 646
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Bedford/St. Martin's innovative Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series has introduced more than a quarter of a million students to literary theory and earned enthusiastic praise nationwide. Along with an authoritative text of a major literary work, each volume presents critical essays, selected or prepared especially for students, that approach the work from several contemporary critical perspectives, such as gender criticism and cultural studies. Each essay is accompanied by an introduction (with bibliography) to the history, principles, and practice of its critical perspective. Every volume also surveys the biographical, historical, and critical contexts of the literary work and concludes with a glossary of critical terms. New editions reprint cultural documents that contextualize the literary works and feature essays that show how critical perspectives can be combined.

Charlotte Bronte, the third of six children, was born April 21, 1816, to the Reverend Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell Bronte in Yorkshire, England. Along with her sisters, Emily and Anne, she produced some of the most impressive writings of the 19th century. The Brontes lived in a time when women used pseudonyms to conceal their female identity, hence Bronte's pseudonym, Currer Bell. Charlotte Bronte was only five when her mother died of cancer. In 1824, she and three of her sisters attended the Clergy Daughter's School in Cowan Bridge. The inspiration for the Lowood School in the classic Jane Eyre was formed by Bronte's experiences at the Clergy Daughter's School. Her two older sisters died of consumption because of the malnutrition and harsh treatment they suffered at the school. Charlotte and Emily Bronte returned home after the tragedy. The Bronte sisters fueled each other's creativity throughout their lives. As young children, they wrote long stories together about a complex imaginary kingdom they created from a set of wooden soldiers. In 1846, Charlotte Bronte, with her sisters Emily and Anne published a thin volume titled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. In the same year, Charlotte Bronte attempted to publish her novel, The Professor, but was rejected. One year later, she published Jane Eyre, which was instantly well received. Charlotte Bronte's life was touched by tragedy many times. Despite several proposals of marriage, she did not accept an offer until 1854 when she married the Reverend A. B. Nicholls. One year later, at the age of 39, she died of pneumonia while she was pregnant. Her previously rejected novel, The Professor, was published posthumously in 1857.

About the Series
About This Volume
Jane Eyre: The Complete Text
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text [Based on the 1848 Third Edition]
Jane Eyre: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
A Critical History of Jane Eyre
Feminist Criticism and Jane Eyre
What Is Feminist Criticism?
Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Feminist Perspective:
Plain Jane's Progress
Psychoanalytic Criticism and Jane Eyre
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
The Father, Castration, and Female Fantasy in Jane Eyre
Deconstruction and Jane Eyre
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
A Deconstructive Perspective:
No Place Like Home: The Logic of the Supplement in Jane Eyre
Cultural Criticism and Jane Eyre
What Is Cultural Criticism?
Cultural Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Cultural Perspective:
White Chimpanzees and Oriental Despots: Racial Stereotyping and Edward Rochester
Marxist Criticism and Jane Eyre
What Is Marxist Criticism?
Marxist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Marxist Perspective:
Jane Eyre's Fall from Grace
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors

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