Approaches to Teaching Brontë's <em>Jane Eyre </em>

Approaches to Teaching Brontë's Jane Eyre



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."



Publication Date



Modern Language Association


New York


English Language and Literature


Table of Contents

Part One: Materials / Beth Lau




Background studies

Critical studies

Aids to teaching


Part Two: Approaches. Introduction / 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 systems 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

Approaches to Teaching Brontë's <em>Jane Eyre </em>