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A Breath of Fresh Eyre. Intertextual and Intermedial Reworkings of Jane Eyre.A Breath of Fresh Eyre. Intertextual and Intermedial Reworkings of Jane Eyre is a volume edited by Margarete Rubik and Elke Mettinger-Schartmann consisting of twenty-five papers (plus an introduction and an epilogue) offering, quoting from the backcover, 'a comprehensive collection of reworkings that also takes into account recent novels, plays and works of art that were published after Patsy Stoneman's seminal 1996 study on Brontë Transformations.'(1)
RUBIK, Margarete and Elke METTINGER-SCHARTMANN (Eds.)
Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2007, 418 pp.
€ 84 / US$ 118
it can be said that, as far as colonialism is concerned, Jane Eyre lacks an intended or unintended subtext. While in the presentation of Rochester there is a subtext, i.e. a blank which can be filled with reference to a Victorian context of specifically male prerogatives in matters of life and sex, colonialism is a gap, a hole or a blind spot in the novel. (...) Modern readers, however, are bound to find such a subtext, which derives from the fact that they read the novel from (...) another ideological position. What Charlotte Brontë is blind to is transparent to them.Some post-Stoneman's clearly Jane Eyre-inspired novels are discussed: Ines Detmers analyzes Hilary Bailey's Mrs. Rochester: A Sequel to Jane Eyre (1997), D.M. Thomas's Charlotte (2000) and Kimberly A. Bennett's Jane Rochester (2000). D. M. Thomas's novel is also the subject of a paper by Sue Thomas that goes to the limit by identifying Bertha's images through psychoanalytical readings. Mardi McConnochie's Coldwater (2001) is the subject of a very informative article by Maggie Tonkin. Other novels loosely inspired or read through a Jane Eyre narrative are treated in a paper by Ursula Kluwick: Anita Brookner's Hotel du Lac, Margaret Drabble's The Waterfall, Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine and Jamica Kincaid's Lucy. The analysis is limited to the exploration of the role of anger in the main character's development.
"Metafiction. It's one of those grey terms bantered around by people who like to study fiction rather than enjoy it, and use expressions like 'Narrative topography', 'absentation of actuality', 'paradigmatic axis of associations' and 'metaphorical chain of deterritorialised signifiers.' (Science-fiction UPC Award 2007, Conference, 27/11/2007, Jasper Fforde, Thursday Next and Meta Fiction)(5) Furthermore, it's a pity that the latest BBC adaptation was too recent to be included or discussed.