Annotated Bibliography For Jane Eyre
Edgecombe, Rodney S. “Supplementary Annotations To Jane Eyre.” Bronte Studies 39.3 (2014):
187-190. Academic Search Complete. Web. 25 Nov. 2015.
Although this is not an article I decided to include it as it is a very valuable source and can be used by anyone in this class that decided to use Jane Eyre for their project. It is supplementary to the annotations done in the Oxford, Norton, and Penguin editions of the book. Edgecombe is fairly insightful and adds a scholarly depth and historical understanding to any other research already done as well as creating a jumping off point for further research. For an example of historical understanding, several annotations cite some works of Byron as inspiration for Mr. Rochester, something that can be easily overlooked by a modern readership that is not intimately familiar with Byron’s poetry. Another example would be a reference to Keat’s “Ode to A Grecian Urn,” which I would never have thought of even though I had studied that poem before. The main weakness to this source is its shortness, which is because it is meant to be supplementary; however, this is also a strength for the article as it is obvious that a lot of time and effort has been put into the annotations in this supplemental compilation. This is the perfect source to use when forming a thesis based around Jane Eyre as it showcases Bronte’s connection to other writers and contextualizes the inspirations available to her.
Hochberg, Shifra. “Jane Eyre And The New Testament Parable Of The Mustard Seed.” Bronte Studies 35.1 (2010): 1-6. Academic Search Complete. Web. 25 Nov. 2015.
In this article, Hochberg begins by dismissing the commonly held thesis that Rochester’s allusion to the mustard seed, when he refers to Jane after proposing to her, is only a reference to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream because of the other allusions to fairy tales and elves. Hochberg then goes on to propose that it is instead a reference to the Bible verse, Matthew 17:20, where Jesus relates the size of belief needed to move mountains to a mustard seed. In this way, Hochberg believes Charlotte Bronte is using it to symbolize the spiritual growth and maturity of Christian faith that Jane has learned through her life. Hochberg showcases each iteration of the parable and applies it to both the metaphorical themes and the literal story of Jane Eyre. The article concludes with an examination of how Bronte’s work is a mixture of both Biblical and fairytale references and how this makes even small turns of phrase extremely important in understanding Jane Eyre. This is a very good source for anyone looking to examine the text at the line and word level. Overall I would say that this is a fairly strong article that cites relevant passages and makes logical points.
Talley, Lee A. “Jane Eyre’s Little-Known Debt To The Methodist Magazine.” Bronte Studies 33.2 (2008): 109-119. Academic Search Complete. Web. 25 Nov. 2015.
In his article, Talley hypothesizes that the ideology and attitudes of several characters in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre originated from a magazine entitled The Methodist Magazine. More specifically, he theorizes that Bronte was inspired by the magazine to create Helen Burns, John Reed, St. John Rivers, and Mr. Brocklehurst. He goes even further by attributing several major events to The Methodist, including the voice calling to Jane near the end of the novel. As the article goes on, Talley theorizes that Jane is also to some degree created because of The Methodist, but unlike the previous list of characters, she is created to be the opposite of the magazine. By doing so, Talley says, Charlotte Bronte is able to showcase a secular protagonist through the guise of a protestant one. Talley goes so far as to claim that Jane reasons that some beliefs are “acceptable” while others are “ostensibly threatening” and while this is certainly true, the author of the article is adding further context to it. This is, for me, the weakest point of the argument. There is only one cited quotation from the text itself to support the theory that Jane is more secular than she appears. I do not discount this theory entirely but it seems like a debate to be settled with a different article that is focused on it. The article’s strongest points are the connection to The Methodist Magazine and how Jane Eyre (the character) is defined in relief by the magazine and its views.