In many ways, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is a haunted book—and in turn, one that has haunted readers and writers since its publication in 1847.
Join us for a series of lectures that begin with Brontë’s classic Gothic novel, then continue into its literary afterlife, up to the present moment. We will read Jane Eyre alongside texts that take up its characters as well as its psychological, historical, and literary concerns: Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) and Carmen Maria Machado’s short story “The Resident” (2017). Tracing Brontë’s influence through these textual descendants, we will explore how a novel and its many meanings can shift and change as it travels through time.
Class meets Fridays: Jan 29, Feb 12, 26 and Mar 12.