Jane Eyre: A Revisionist Reading by Bertha Mason

INTRODUCTION / ABSTRACT:

This re-reading of Jane Eyre, authored by the novel’s antagonist, Bertha Mason, calls into question many narrative elements that were easily accepted in 1847 at the time of its publication. Primarily, the author argues that labeling her a “mad lunatic” with a “pygmy intellect” serves to cloak the more troubling power dynamics in the text and to de-center…

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Jennie Young

Jennie Young

Professor and humor writer in Green Bay. McSweeney’s, HuffPost, Ms. Mag, Education Week, Inside Higher Ed, Slackjaw, Weekly Humorist, The Satirist, others.