March 7th, 2014

Jane Eyre/Feminist Theory - Day 5

Not best pleased at the moment - the Gilbert and Gubar page is refusing to load, the Literature Online is refusing both my college and university username/password.  To my absolute joy, I am making headway.  I have chiseled out 1,904 words, but I have a fair way to go before I add critical review from other journals, then cut swathes into it to make it fit.  I have found out yesterday that the mini dissertation next academic year will be 4,000+ words.  Bearing in mind I can write reams about Jane Eyre using Psychoanalytical Theory, my problem will be knowing WHEN to stop.

17:24

"It does good to no woman to be flattered by her superior, who cannot possibly intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it"

(Bronte, 1847, p.140)


Poor Jane - I don't think anyone has gone through life without identifying her on some level, especially in regards to unrequited love.  She remonstrates herself because she feels so strongly for Rochester, then lives in strict denial. She then gets caught off-guard by her own feelings and gets carried away by the undertow. For her, it's like jumping into the fire, in order to put the flames out.

20: 32
Progress has been made.  I think I am about just about 2/3rds the way through (I have to develop the maginalised Bertha, the lies that reveal themselves and how things are never equal unless really improbable events take place.  Thankfully, I have been able to download G&G and I have managed to find essays in The English Review.

For anyone interested in Jane Eyre, the links to the online book and a video dramatisation are under the cuts

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