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Jane Eyre: Selected Bibliography

Organized by topic.

Allen, Emily, and Dino Franco Felluga. "Jane Eyre: Now and Forever; Or, the Strange Afterlife of Gothic." Romanticism on the Net: An Electronic Journal Devoted to Romantic Studies 34-35 (2004): 25 paragraphs.

Armstrong, Nancy. "Captivity and Cultural Capital in the English Novel." Novel 31 (1998): 373-398.

——. Desire and Domestic Fiction. Oxford UP, 1987.

Bellis, Peter J. "In the Window-Seat: Vision and Power in Jane Eyre." ELH 54 (1987):639-652.

Berman, Carolyn Vellenga. Creole Crossings: Domestic Fiction and the Reform of Colonial Slavery. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2006. See earlier article: "Undomesticating the Domestic Novel: Creole Madness in Jane Eyre." Genre  32 (1999):267-96.

Bewell, Alan. “Jane Eyre and Victorian Medical Geography.” ELH 63 (1996): 773-808.

Bodenheimer, Rosemarie. "Jane Eyre in Search of Her Story." Papers on Language and Literature 16 (1980):387-402.

Boumelha, Penny. Charlotte Brontë. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1990.

Buzard, James. Disorienting Fiction: The Autoethnographic Work of Nineteenth-Century British Novels. Princeton, NJ; Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2005.

Carens, Timothy L. Outlandish English Subjects in the Victorian Domestic Novel. Basingstoke, England; Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Case, Alison. Plotting Women: Gender and Narration in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Novel. U of Virginia P, 1999.

Chow, Rey. “When Whiteness Feminizes ...: Some Consequences of a Supplementary Logic.” Differences 11 (1999-2000): 137-68.

Dale, Peter Allan. "Charlotte Bronte's 'tale half-told': The Disruption of Narrative Structure in Jane Eyre." Modern Language Quarterly 47 (1986):108-129.

--. "Heretical Narrative: Charlotte Bronte's Search for Endlessness." Religion and Literature 16 (1984):1-24.

David, Deirdre. Rule Britannia: Women, Empire and Victorian Writing. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1995. Chapter 3: "The Governess of Empire: Jane Eyre Takes Care of India and Jamaica."

Eagleton, Terry. Myths of Power: A Marxist Study of the Brontes. New York : Barnes & Noble, 1975.

Fraiman, Susan. "Jane Eyre's Fall From Grace." Unbecoming Women. New York: Columbia UP, 1993. Rpt. in Newman.

Franklin, J. Jeffrey. "The Merging of Spiritualites: Jane Eyre as Missionary of Love." Nineteenth-Century Literature 49 (1995):456-82.

Gibson, Mary Ellis. "The Seraglio or Suttee: Bronte's Jane Eyre." Postscript 4 (1987):1-8.

Gilbert, Sandra and Susan Gubar. "Plain Jane's Progress." The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979.

Glen, Heather. Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History. Oxford UP, 2002.

Godfrey, Esther. "Jane Eyre, from Governess to Girl Bride." SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 45.4 (2005): 853-71.

Haigwood, Laura. "Jane Eyre, Eros and Evangelicalism." VictorianNewsletter 104 (2004): 4-12.

Heilman, Robert B. "Charlotte Brontë's 'New' Gothic." In From Jane Austen to Joseph Conrad. Ed. Robert C. Rathburn and Martin Steinmann, Jr. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1958.

Hennelly, Mark M., Jr. "Jane Eyre's Reading Lesson." ELH 51 (1984):693-717.

Homans, Margaret. "Dreaming of Children: Literalization in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights." In Julian E. Fleenor, ed. The Female Gothic. Montreal: Eden, 1983. Pp. .257-279.

Judd, Catherine A. “Male Pseudonyms and Female Authority in Victorian England.” Literature in the Marketplace: Ninteenth-century British Reading and Publishing Practices. Ed. John O. Jordan and Robert L. Patten. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1995. 250-68.

Kaplan, Carla. "Girl Talk: Jane Eyre and the Romance of Women's Narration." Novel 30 (1996):5-31. Reprinted in her The Erotics of Talk: Women's Writing and Feminist Paradigms. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Kaplan, Cora. Sea Changes: Essays on Culture and Feminism. London: Verso, 1986. Chapter 7, "Pandora's Box: Subjectivity, Class and Sexuality in Socialist Feminist Criticism." 147-176.

Kees, Lara Freeburg. "'Sympathy' in Jane Eyre." SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 45.4 (2005): 873-97.

Klaus, H. Gustav. "Mrs Rochester and Mr Cooper: Alternative Visions of Class, History and Rebellion in the 'Hungry Forties'." Literature and History 14.1 (2005): 1-13.

Kreilkamp, Ivan. “Unuttered: Withheld Speech and Female Authorship in Jane Eyre and Villette.” Novel 32 (1999): 331-54. See also next.

——. Voice and the Victorian Storyteller. Cambridge, England; Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2005. viii, 2005.

Kucich, John. Repression in Victorian Fiction: Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Charles Dickens. Berkeley: U of California P, 1987.

Langford, Thomas. "Three Pictures in Jane Eyre." Victorian Newsletter 31 (1967):47-48.

LeFavour, Cree. "'Jane Eyre Fever': Deciphering the Astonishing Popular Success of Charlotte Brontë in Antebellum America." Book History 7 (2004): 113-41.

Levine, Caroline. "'Harmless Pleasure': Gender, Suspense, and Jane Eyre." Victorian Literature and Culture (2000): 275-86.s

Levy, Anita. "Jane Eyre, the Woman Writer, and the History of Experience." Modern Language Quarterly 56 (1995):77-95.

Litvak, Joseph. Caught in the Act: Theatricality in the Nineteenth-Century Novel. Berkeley: U of California P, 1992. Chapter 2: "The Governess as Actress: The Inscription of Theatricality in Jane Eyre."

London, Bette. "The Pleasures of Submission: Jane Eyre and the Production of the Text." ELH 58 (1991):195-213.

Marcus, Sharon. "The Profession of Author: Abstraction, Advertising, and Jane Eyre." PMLA 110 (1995): 206-19.

Meyer, Susan L. "Colonialism and the Figurative Strategy of Jane Eyre." Victorian Studies 33 (1990):247-268. Revised version in Imperialism at Home:  Race and Victorian Women's Fiction. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1996.

Michie, Elsie. Outside the Pale: Cultural Exclusion, Gender Difference, and the Victorian Woman Writer. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1993. Chapter 2: "'The Yahoo, Not the Demon': Heathcliff, Rochester, and the simianization of the Irish."

——. Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre: A Casebook. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006.

Newman, Beth. "A Critical History of Jane Eyre." In Jane Eyre, ed. Newman. Boston: Bedford, 1996.

——. Subjects on Display: Psychoanalysis, Social Expectation, and Victorian Femininity. Athens, OH; Athens, OH: Ohio UP, 2004. x, 2004.

O'Connor, Erin. "Preface for a Post-Postcolonial Criticism." Victorian Studies. 45 (2004):217-246. [Deals with tradition of post-colonial criticism of Jane Eyre, beginning with Spivak.]

O'Rourke, James. Sex, Lies, and Autobiography: The Ethics of Confession. Charlottesville, VA: U of Virginia P, 2006.

Pell, Nancy. "Resistance, Rebellion, and Marriage: The Economics of Jane Eyre." Nineteenth-Century Fiction 31 (1977):397-420.

Perera, Suvendrini. Reaches of Empire: The English Novel from Edgeworth to Dickens. New York: Columbia UP, 1991. Chapter 4: "'Fit Only for a Seraglio': The Discourse of Oriental Misogyny in Jane Eyre and Vanity Fair."

Peschier, Diana. Nineteenth-Century Anti-Catholic Discourses: The Case of Charlotte Brontë. Basingstoke. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Politi, Jina. "Jane Eyre Class-ified." Literature and History 8 (1982):56-66; rpt. Heather Glen, ed. Jane Eyre (New Casebooks). New York: St. Martin's, 1997.

Poovey, Mary. Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid-Victorian England. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Rich, Adrienne. "Jane Eyre: The Temptations of a Motherless Woman." On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978. New York: Norton, 1979.

Rogers, Philip. "'My Word is Error': Jane Eyre and Colonial Exculpation." Dickens Studies Annual: Essays on Victorian Fiction 34 (2004): 329-50.

Roy, Parama. "Unaccomodated Woman and the Poetics of Property in Jane Eyre." SEL 29 (1989):713-727.

Schacht, Paul. "Jane Eyre and the History of Self-Respect." Modern Language Quarterly 52 (1991):423-53.

Senf, Carol. "Jane Eyre: The Prison-House of Victorian Marriage." Journal of Women's Studies in Literature 1 (1979):353-59.

Sharpe, Jenny. Allegories of Empire: The Figure of the Woman in the Colonial Text. Minneapolis: Minnesota UP, 1993.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. "Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism." Critical Inquiry 12 (1985):243-261.

Sternlieb, Lisa. "Jane Eyre: 'Hazarding Confidences." Nineteenth-Century Literature. 53 (1999): 452-79.

Tatar, Maria. Secrets Beyond the Door: The Story of Bluebeard and His Wives. Princeton, NJ; Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2004.

Vanden Bossche, Chris R. "What Did Jane Eyre Do? Ideology, Agency, Class and the Novel." Narrative 13 (2005): 46-66.

Zlotnick, Susan. “Jane Eyre, Anna Leonowens, and the White Woman's Burden: Governesses, Missionaries, and Maternal Imperialists in Mid-Victorian Britain.” VIJ: Victorians Institute Journal 24 (1996): 27-56.

Zonana, Joyce. "The Sultan and the Slave: Feminist Orientalism and the Structures of Jane Eyre." Signs 18 (1993): 592-617.