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Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" By Pauline Nestor

Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre"

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This work aims to provide a new feminist reading of "Jane Eyre". The author draws on recent critical theory to uncover disturbing elements in the book which undermine the notion of a novel of progress. The study examines three areas of feminist analysis, motherhood, sexuality and identity.

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Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" by Pauline Nestor

This work provides a new feminist reading of Charlotte Bronte's classic text, "Jane Eyre". While acknowledging the force of earlier "heroic" readings which saw the novel as an epic of female self-discovery, Nestor draws on recent developments in critical theory to uncover more disturbing elements which undermine the notion of a novel of progress and reveal ways in which the text can be seen as profoundly regressive; a fantasy of completeness and power which may be understood in terms of a retreat to the psychoanalytic imaginary. This study examines three major concerns of feminist analysis - motherhood, sexuality and identity - and explores the novel's deep ambivalence in each area. Throughout, Pauline Nestor sets up a dialogue between "first" and "second" wave feminist readings as a way of offering a more inclusive reading; one strengthened by its engagement with the more disconcerting aspects of the text. Nestor demonstrates clearly how new critical theories can offer illuminating perspectives on canonical texts.

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Historical and cultural context; critical reception; theoretical perspectives; critical discussions of the text; guide to further reading.

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GOR005989545
Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" by Pauline Nestor
Pauline Nestor
Critical Studies of Key Texts
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Pearson Education Limited
1992-09-01
144
0745008992
9780745008998
N/A
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