Annotated Bibliography – Jane Eyre
Yildirim, Askun Haluk. “The Woman Question and The Victorian Literature on Gender.” (2012): 45-53. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.
This source talks about the gender roles of women during the Victorian Era. It talks about the common beliefs surrounding gender in that time people and how the roles for women were starkly different from the roles for men. Yildirim claims that the restricted roles are essentially a type of slavery. He provides a lot of historical context to back up their claims, and also goes into great detail in their explanations. He refers to Jane Eyre as an important book towards the social benefit of women in the Victorian era, referring to the title character’s childhood and adulthood as she interacts with men throughout her life. Yildirim talks quite a bit about Jane’s non-stereotypical behaviors and mindsets regarding her gender and relationships. He uses several other texts like Tess of the d’Urbervilles and several poems to further go into detail of his claims. Yilidrim makes a very convincing argument and explains his viewpoints skillfully.
Bardi, Abby. “The Gypsy as Trope in Victorian and Modern British Literature.” (2006): 31-42. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.
This source talks about British anti-Roma discrimination and how it manifests in literature. I decided to look at this source because I remember noticing this kind of topic within the text of Jane Eyre last time I read it. Bardi goes into historical detail about how they were treated and how it essentially became a vicious circle for them. She brings in many outside sources and uses them to give background information and to back up her claims. She also references many novels in order to talk about how they each represent the Roma people, like in Jane Eyre’s only scene with any kind of representation, despite it being on the negative side. Bardi makes a strong argument and this source is on an interesting topic.
Phillips, James. “Marriage in Jane Eyre: From Contract to Conversation.” (2008): 203-17. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.
This source talks about the portrayal of marriage in Jane Eyre. It talks about how it can be seen as a contract, and also as conversation, hence the title. Phillips talks about the legal aspects of Rochester’s marriages and the complications they bring to the story. One of the claims that Phillips brings up in the work is the idea that there are problems with the legislation regarding marriage, and I believe that, based off my previous readings of the book, this is essentially true. He talks about the relationship as a strict contract and compares it to what it is as more of a conversation. It is an interesting concept to look at, and Phillips makes sense in his discussion and exploration of it.