Understanding Jane Eyre: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

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Immediately popular when published over a century and a half ago, Jane Eyre has continued to find appreciative audiences since. This student casebook offers a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of Charlotte Bronte's landmark novel. While it gives insightful literary, it also contextualizes the novel in terms of the historical social issues it confronts. Expert commentary is supported with primary documents such as legal and medical treatises, magazine articles, letters, essays and first hand accounts. A personal biography written by Elizabeth Gaskell, an acquaintance of Bronte, offers a detailed account of the Cowan Bridge School which Charlotte attended and fictionalized in Jane Eyre.

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