A Breath of Fresh Eyre

A Breath of Fresh Eyre

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Ever since its publication in 1847 Jane Eyre a€“ one of the most popular English novels of all time a€“ has fascinated scholars and a wide reading public alike and has proved a source of inspiration to successive generations of creative writers and artists. There is hardly any other hypotext that has been re-worked in so many adaptations for stage and screen, has inspired so many painters and musicians, and has been so often imitated, re-written, parodied or extended by prequels and sequels. New versions in turn refer to and revise older rewritings or take up suggestions from BrontAl scholarship, creating a dense intertextual web.The essays collected in this volume do justice to the variety of media involved in theJane Eyre reworkings, by covering narrative, visual and stage adaptations, including an adaptor's perspective. Contributions review a diverse range of works, from postcolonial revision to postmodern fantasy, from imaginary after-lives to science fiction, from plays and Hollywood movies to opera, from lithographs and illustrated editions to comics and graphic novels.The volume thus offers a comprehensive collection of reworkings that also takes into account recent novels, plays and works of art that were published after Patsy Stoneman's seminal 1996 study on BrontAl Transformations.The outward appearance of the a€œtall, dark, and majestica€ (JE 343) beauty, who seems to be a a€œcharming partnera€ (JE 327) ... But it contrasts sharply with her real character. ... linked to sexuality and bestiality, the allure of their a#39;purea#39; counterparts has to be set free, as much as their inner beauty. ... 6 A more detailed analysis of the characters will follow in part 2 of this essay, which deals with Jane Eyre andanbsp;...

Title:A Breath of Fresh Eyre
Author: Margarete Rubik, Elke Mettinger-Schartmann
Publisher:Rodopi - 2007-01-01

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