The Postcolonial Rewriting of Colonial Stories: Jane Eyre by Christina Münzner

By Christina Münzner

Bachelor Thesis from the yr 2010 within the topic English Language and Literature stories - Literature, grade: 1,0, collage of Leipzig (Institut für Anglistik), language: English, summary: Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre used to be first released in 1847 in London, at a time while British Colonialism was once starting to be more and more vital for either the availability of inexpensive labour and new markets out of the country. The ensuing wealth was once the most important for Britain's fiscal upward push and rendered attainable the commercial Revolution in addition to an elevated volume of political and army energy over huge elements of the area. Many critics have investigated Jane Eyre in feminist or marxist phrases, the previous due to Jane's miraculous lady individuality for the time, and the latter due to the social mobility proven within the novel (Loomba 2005: 74). yet considering Charlotte Brontë lived in the course of a time whilst the British Empire used to be at its height, her writing was once definitely encouraged via a colonial trust procedure that is additionally current all through Jane Eyre.

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Wide Sargasso Sea by means of Jean Rhys choices up on that concept of the silenced mad girl locked within the attic of an outdated English manor. even supposing written in 1966, the radical is broadly said as Jane Eyre's prequel and places extra emphasis on Antoinette's (as named by means of Rhys) lifestyles earlier than she turned the spouse of a guy who's by no means truly named yet is generally pointed out as Edward Rochester and may be known as such during this paintings. because the plot of large Sargasso Sea begins in Jamaica many years after the Emancipation Act of 1833, it's traditionally set in nearly a similar time-frame as Brontë's textual content yet offers the reader with a way more awake depiction of colonialist practices and thought.

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The function of this thesis is to envision during which features large Sargasso Sea will be declared a rewriting of Jane Eyre and what positive aspects and features permit the previous to face by itself as a unique. a variety of postcolonial theories will give you the theoretical framework so one can substantiate the propositions which are made.

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