Saturday, June 18, 2022

Saturday, June 18, 2022 1:45 am by M. in , ,    No comments
Another recently published video on YouTube:
Dr. Octavia Cox
Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre as Adele Varens’ Governess—Feminism, Gender Roles, & the Victorian Era

Analysis of two passages of Charlotte Brontë’s brilliant novel Jane Eyre (1847), one which is celebrated as an example of overt Victorian era feminism & rejection of traditional gender roles, and the other which describes Jane Eyre’s role as Adèle Varens’ governess. The lecture considers two main questions. Is there a contradiction in the way that the narrative voice describes Jane Eyre as a governess to Adèle Varens & J
ane Eyre’s (or Charlotte Bronte’s?) cry against custom for herself? If so, what should we take from this contradiction of feminism on the one hand, & conforming to Victorian era gender roles & expectations on the other? The video closes with reference to Bertha Mason/Mrs Rochester (the madwoman in the attic).

OUTLINE OF LECTURE of the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë:
- Analysis of Jane Eyre as a governess to Adele Varens
- Analysis of Jane Eyre’s own feminism & rebellion against Victorian era gender roles
- Reference to Bertha Mason/Mrs Rochester, & what her laugh might symbolise

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