Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, chosen by Agathe Salha
Women House

Still from Jane Eyre by Cary Joji Fukunaga, 2011. Laurie Sparham © Focus Features Everett Collection Bridgeman Images.

For the fifth episode of Women House, Agathe Salha has chosen several excerpts from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, published in 1847.

“A novel of intense emotional power, heightened atmosphere and fierce intelligence, Jane Eyre dazzled and shocked readers with its passionate depiction of a woman’s search for equality and freedom on her own terms. Its heroine Jane endures loneliness and cruelty in the home of her heartless aunt and the cold charity of Lowood School. Her natural independence and spirit prove necessary when she takes a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of a shameful secret forces her to make a terrible choice.”

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Penguin Classics, 2006.
Présentation avalable on the publisher’s website.

Agathe Salha teaches literature at the Université Grenoble Alpes. Her work focuses on biographic and autobiographic writing, the relationship between text and image and the representation of memory in contemporary literature.

The english version of this episode is read by Muriel Zagha. Muriel Zagha is a French writer and broadcaster who lives in London. A film specialist, Muriel contributes to the Times Literary Supplement and to cultural programmes on BBC Radio 4. She is also the author of three novels.

AWARE’s podcast is made possible by the support of Belinda de Gaudemar.
Produced by Elodie Royer. Sound by Andrew Nelson. English reader: Muriel Zagha. In the credits of the episode is an excerpt of the film Jane Eyre (2011) directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

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