New PDF release: A Breath of Fresh Eyre: Intertextual and Intermedial

By Margarete Rubik, Elke Mettinger-Schartmann

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No’, I said, ‘I cannot’. […] ‘But I can’t leave you like this’, he said, ‘you’re unhappy’” (120). Ill fate is not, then, so much the result of lack of choices but of choosing badly. One of the most plausible alternatives comes from Rochester himself, who just before embarking for England is on the point of repenting his previous attitude and imagines a different future for him and his wife: “We will watch the sun set again […]. And you must laugh and chatter as you used to do […]. I knew what I would say.

For the full chronology see Stoneman 263-291. 32 Barbara Schaff Recent adaptations include Franco Zeffirellis’s French, Italian and British coproduction with Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Hurt (1995) and Robert Young’s British production with Samantha Morton and Ciarán Hinds (1996). e. a production trend which favoured a kind of tasteful, middlebrow period drama with an English setting and characters, having strong literary connections and an intense appeal for female viewers (Higson 39). The marketing strategy of these heritage films, aimed at a mostly female audience, accounts in part for the dominance of the romance plot in the Jane Eyre film versions.

In the opinion of John Su, as an ethical critique of Brontë’s text, the novel is weighed down by its dependence on nostalgia: Previous criticism has explored how the novel’s intertextuality succeeds in “breaking down the master narrative” of Jane Eyre specifically and the British imperial project more generally by giving the suppressed Bertha Mason a voice, giving her a different name (Antoinette), relocating the action to the West Indies, and changing the frame of reference […]. But the novel’s critique of Bertha Mason’s fate repeatedly depends on nostalgic evocations of a past that never was.

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