Here, following the transmittal of the bibliography for
_Great Expectations_, is the selected list of readings for _Jane
Eyre_, the second of the two novels to be discussed at this year's
Dickens Universe meetings. Again, it is by no flight of imagination
complete; the particular books and essays were chosen for the purposes
of graduate students and faculty attending the meetings. Again, we
are grateful to the compilers, our colleagues Hilary Schor and Robert
May I add that the compilers suggested that a good beginning for
all explorations of fiction in the period remains Kathleen Tillotson's
_Novels of the Eighteen-Forties_, and her discussion of _Jane Eyre_
among the best. (PJM)
A Selected Bibliography
The Dickens Universe, 1995
The two best editions of Jane Eyre are the Penguin edition, edited by Q.D.
Leavis (New York, 1985), which we will be using for the summer, and the Norton
Critical Edition, edited by Richard J. Dunn (New York, 1987), which you are
encouraged to consult as well.
Gaskell, Elizabeth. The Life of Charlotte Bronte 1857. Ed. Alan Shelston.
Hammondsworth: Penguin. 1975.
Gerin, Winifred. Charlotte Bronte: The Evolution of Genius. New York: Oxford
Gordon, Lyndall. Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life. London: Chatto &
Peters, Margot. Unquiet Soul: A Biography of Charlotte Bronte. Garden City:
Wilks, Brian. The Brontes. New York: Viking. 1976.
Crump, Rebecca W. Charlotte and Emily Bronte: A Reference Guide. 3 volumes.
Boston: Hall. 1982-86.
Rosengarten, Herbert J. "The Brontes" in Victorian Fiction: A Second Guide to
Research, ed. George H. Ford. New York: MLA. 1978.
Background and Criticism
Allott, Miriam Farris, ed. The Brontes: The Critical Heritage. London:
Armstrong, Nancy. Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the
Novel. New York: Oxford UP. 1987.
Bellis, Peter. "In the Window-Seat: Vision and Power in Jane Eyre." ELH 54
(1987), pp 639-52.
Bloom, Harold, ed. Modern Critical Interpretations: Charlotte Bronte's Jane
Eyre. New York: Chelsea. 1987.
---- Modern Critical Views: The Brontes. New York: Chelsea. 1987.
Bodenheimer, Rosemarie. "Jane Eyre in Search of Her Story," Papers on
Language and Literature 16:4 (1980), pp 387-402. Reprinted in Charlotte
Bronte's Jane Eyre, Modern Critical Interpretations series, edited by Harold
Chase, Karen. Eros and Psyche: The Representation of Personality in Charlotte
Bronte, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot. New York: Methuen. 1984.
DeLamotte, Eugenia C. Perils of the Night: A Feminist Study of
Nineteenth-Century Gothic. New York: Oxford UP. 1990.
Donaldson, Laura E. "The Miranda Complex: Colonialism and the Question of
Feminist Reading." Diacritics 18 (1988), pp 65-77.
Eagleton, Terry. Myths of Power: A Marxist Study of the Brontes. London:
Macmillan. 1975. Reprinted in Norton Critical Edition of Jane Eyre.
Fraiman, Susan. "Jane Eyre's Fall From Grace." In Unbecoming Women: British
Women Writers and the Novel of Development. Columbia: Columbia UP. 1993.
Franklin, J. Jeffrey. "The Merging of Spiritualities: Jane Eyre as Missionary
of Love." Nineteenth-Century Literature 49 (1995), pp 456-82.
Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar. The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman
Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination. New Haven: Yale UP.
Heilman, Robert B. "Charlotte Bronte's `New' Gothic." In From Jane Austen to
Joseph Conrad. Ed. Robert Rathburn et al. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P.
1958. Reprinted in the Norton Critical Edition of Jane Eyre.
Hoeveler, Diane Long and Beth Long, eds. Approaches to Teaching Bronte`s Jane
Eyre. New York: MLA. 1993.
Kendrik, Robert. "Edward Rochester and the Margins of Masculinity in Jane
Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea." Papers on Language and Literature 30 (1994), pp
Kucich, John. Repression in Victorian Fiction: Charlotte Bronte, George
Eliot, and Charles Dickens. Berkeley: U of California P. 1988.
Levy, Anita. "Jane Eyre, The Woman Writer, and the History of Experience."
Modern Language Quarterly 56 (1995), pp 77-105.
London, Bette. "The Pleasure of Submission: Jane Eyre and the Production of
the Text." ELH 58 (1991), pp 195-213.
Marcus, Sharon. The Profession of the Author: Abstraction, Advertising, and
Jane Eyre." PMLA 110 (1995), pp 206-219.
Martin, Robert. B. The Accents of Persuasion: Charlotte Bronte's Novels. New
York: Norton. 1986.
Maynard, John. Charlotte Bronte and Sexuality. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.
Meyer, Susan L. "Colonialism and the Figurative Strategy of Jane Eyre."
Victorian Studies 33 (1990), pp 247-68.
Michie, Helena. Sororophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and
Culture. New York: Oxford UP. 1992.
Moglen, Helene. Charlotte Bronte: The Self Conceived. New York: Norton.
1976. Reprinted in Norton Critical Edition.
Nestor, Pauline. Female Friendships and Communities: Charlotte Bronte, George
Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell. Oxford: Clarendon. 1985.
Peterson, M. Jeanne. "The Victorian Governess: Status Incongruence in Family
and Society." In Suffer and Be Still: Women in the Victorian Age. Ed. Martha
Vicinus. Bloomington: Indiana UP. 1972.
Poovey, Mary. Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in
Mid-Victorian England. Chicago: Chicago UP. 1988.
Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. New York: Penguin. 1965.
Rich, Adrienne. "Jane Eyre: the Temptations of a Motherless Woman. Ms.
10/73. Reprinted in the Norton Critical Edition.
Roy, Parama. "Unaccommodated Women and the Poetics of Property in Jane Eyre."
Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 29 (1989), pp 713-727.
Sadoff, Dianne F. Monsters of Affection: Dickens, Eliot, and Bronte on
Fatherhood. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP. 1982.
Schmidt, Helen von. "The Dark Abyss, the Broad Expanse: Versions of the Self
in Jane Eyre and Great Expectations." Dickens Quarterly 2 (1985), pp 84-92.
Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. "Three Women's Texts and a Critique of
Imperialism." Critical Inquiry 12 (1985), pp 243-61.
Stewart, Garrett. "Teaching Prose Fiction: Some `Instructive' Styles."
College English 37 (1975), pp 383-401.
Tayler, Irene. Holy Ghosts: The Male Muses of Emily and Charlotte Bronte.
New York: Columbia UP. 1990.
Tillotson, Kathleen. Novels of The Eighteen-Forties. Oxford: Clarendon.
Vargish, Thomas. The Providential Aesthetic in Victorian Fiction.
Charlottesville: U of Virginia P. 1985.
Woolf, Virginia. "Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights." In The Common Reader.
New York: Harcourt. 1925. Reprinted in the Norton Critical Edition.
Yeazell, Ruth. "More True than Real: Jane Eyre's `Mysterious Summons.'"
Nineteenth-Century Fiction 29 (1974-75), pp 127-43.
Young, Arlene. "The Monster Within: The Alien Self in Jane Eyre and
Frankenstein." Studies in the Novel 23 (1991), pp 325-38.