Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • bibliography, chronology
  • 0192839659
  • 9780192839657
  • 981,755

Table of contents

Introduction; Select Bibliography; Note on the text; A Chronology of Jane Eyre; Jane Eyre; Appendix: Opinions of the Press as printed at the end of the third edition; Explanatory Notesshow more

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"This is a splendid edition with extremely helpful notes - useful to faculty and students alike - and an "Introduction" which informs without overwhelming."--Preston Browning, University of Illinois at Chicago "This is a splendid edition with extremely helpful notes - useful to faculty and students alike - and an "Introduction" which informs without overwhelming."--Preston Browning, University of Illinois at Chicago "This is a splendid edition with extremely helpful notes - useful to faculty and students alike - and an "Introduction" which informs without overwhelming."--Preston Browning, University of Illinois at Chicago "This is a splendid edition with extremely helpful notes - useful to faculty and students alike - and an "Introduction" which informs without overwhelming."--Preston Browning, University of Illinois at Chicagoshow more

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<p>There is little new or particularly insightful that any reviewer can say about <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/search.php?key=Jane+Eyre&by=title">Jane Eyre</a>. It is impossible to guess how many school essays have been written, how many dissertations sweated over, how many reading group arguments caused by discussing Charlotte Bronte's most famous creation. </p> <p>First published in 1847, the story of the eponymous orphan governess and the mysterious Mr Rochester for whom she comes to work hardly needs rehearsing. We get a brooding almost supernatural beginning (reminiscent of sister Emily's <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/search.php?key=wuthering%20heights&by=title">Wuthering Heights</a>) when Jane is locked in the <em>red room</em> by her uncaring Aunt; her initially awful treatment at the hands of her family continues at the shocking Lowood Institute; conditions in the school improve with the introduction of a new inspection regime and Jane becomes a teacher; she then moves to Thornfield, Mr Rochester's country estate, to become a governess for his young, French ward. There she discovers Rochester's secret and her own passion for the master of the house. </p> <p>Jane's story is hugely moving; the narrative compelling and continually engaging. Coincidences abound, of course, and the scope of possibilities allowed to the characters are kept very narrow. Whilst the 'twist' is exhilirating (still!), the ending is far too neat. Bronte chooses to narrate the novel entirely from Jane's perspective which some critics find a little constricting (especially - perhaps unfairly - compared with the sweep of a novel like <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/search.php?key=Middlemarch&by=title">Middlemarch</a>). But most importantly for a novel, especially if it is to keep being read and seen as a relevant read and not merely a period piece, is that it has to continue to speak: the character's need to be complex (they are) and their interactions need to transcend their parochial setting (they do); the plot needs to be tight enough to remain engaging even if it has drifted almost into common knowledge (it is); the books' message(s) need to be multi-faceted (even contradictory) enough for it to cope with the continual contestation of rereading (they are - just). The language is quite lovely, always exact, and the romance just sophisticated enough to not be cloying (despite the denoument). <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/search.php?key=Jane+Eyre&by=title">Jane Eyre</a> is a great book and deserves its place on every reader's shelf. </p>show more
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