2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

A feminist approach to Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea


Haley L. Wood
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Charlotte Bronte is able to depict imprisonment in a variety of ways through Jane Eyre. Almost every character that is met in Jane Eyre depicts a form of imprisonment whether it be due to their class, economic status, mental state or literal imprisonment. Wide Sargasso Sea can be used to draw even more aspects of imprisonment in the form of Bertha Mason’s life and journey to Thornfield. This paper will also look at the way criticism has brought Jane Eyre’s voice to the forefront and silenced Bertha Mason’s and how through intertextuality both voices are harmonized. Aspects of imperialism in the text can be used to look at the novels. Approaching Jane Eyre with a feminist criticism will allow a look at how women are portrayed in Jane Eyre as well as look at Wide Sargasso Sea to discover Bertha Mason’s journey to her life with Rochester at Thornfield

Keywords: Jane Eyre , Impriosnment , Charlotte Bronte , Wide Sargasso Sea

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 101-3
Location: MG 1000
Time: 8:30

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