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"Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!—I have as much soul as you—and full as much heart!"
One of the finest novels ever written, Jane Eyre is also one of the most misunderstood masterpieces of world literature. Whereas most modern teaching of the text misreads or misinterprets Charlotte Brontė's devout and profoundly ingrained Christian faith and intentions, this critical edition emphasizes the semi-autobiographical dimension of the novel, exposing feminist critiques of the work as being woefully awry and illustrating Brontė's belief in the hard-earned, hard-learned blessings of sanctity and reverence.
A look at the essays
- "To Delight in Sacrifice: True Love in Jane Eyre" – Dedra McDonald Birzer
- "Religion in Jane Eyre" – Raimund Borgmeier
- "Jane Eyre: Reading the Writing on the Wall" – Crystal Downing
- "Eyre of Rebellion?" – Jeanette Amestoy Flood
- "Anatomy of a Hero: Redeeming a 'Catholic' Rochester" – Eleanor Bourg Nicholson
Jill Kriegel situates the reader with the introductory essay, titled "Helen's Hour in Jane's Journey: The Lasting Value of Morality in Charlotte Brontė's Jane Eyre".
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Meet the Minds behind the Jane Eyre Edition
Jill Kriegel earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University. With emphases in nineteenth-century British literature and ancient Greek and early Christian philosophy, her dissertation explores Augustinian echoes in the novels of Charles Dickens. She has published articles in the Saint Austin Review (StAR) and Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture. In addition, she is editor of Ignatius Critical Edition volumes. Jill teaches English at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Greenville, South Carolina.
Dedra McDonald Birzer
Dedra McDonald Birzer is Lecturer in History at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. She holds a doctorate in history from the University of New Mexico. Turning her historian's eye toward literature, she has contributed essays to several Ignatius Critical Editions and also teaches and writes about American women who were public intellectuals in the 1920s–1960s.
Raimund Borgmeier is professor emeritus of English Literature at the University of Giessen, Germany. He has been visiting professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in both Madison and Milwaukee. His research fields are Shakespeare, eighteenth-century and Romantic poetry and culture, special genres (science fiction and crime fiction), nineteenth-century fiction, and contemporary literature. In 2000, he was honored with the Festschrift Lineages of the Novel: Essays in Honour of R. B., ed. B. Reitz and E. Voigts-Virchow.
Crystal Downing received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. She has published on a wide variety of literary topics, from Shakespeare to the Brontës, and has won both national and international awards for her essays on film. Her three books explore the relationship between Christianity and poststructuralism: Writing Performances (2004); How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith (2006); and Changing Signs of Truth (2012).
Jeanette Amestoy Flood
Jeanette Amestoy Flood has a master's degree in English and teaches literature and drama at The Lyceum—a classical, Catholic, college-preparatory school. She has worked freelance in Catholic publishing for nearly twenty-five years, editing several volumes of the Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton series and two novels by Marcus Grodi. She writes and speaks on both literary and spiritual topics. Two of her sonnets and her article "Henry James and the Grace to Forgive" appeared in the St. Austin Review. She and her husband reside with their six children in Ohio.
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Eleanor Bourg Nicholson
Eleanor Bourg Nicholson is the assistant executive editor for Dappled Things and assistant editor for the Saint Austin Review (StAR). She is editor of several Ignatius Critical Editions volumes, and has collaborated with other editors to provide footnotes for numerous others. Her epistolary novella, The Letters of Magdalen Montague (2011), is available through the kind patronage of Kaufmann Publishing. Her work has appeared in the National Catholic Register and Touchstone, as well as with First Things and The Catholic Thing. She and her husband, Professor Sam Nicholson, live in Charlottesville, Virginia, with their daughters, Beatrice and Veronica.