Juliet Barker crafted this biography of the Brontë siblings through meticulous research of every extant Brontë manuscript and other primary sources, leading many to consider her work the definitive biography of the family.
This study guide offers simple literary analysis and historical background on Jane Eyre.
This collection, edited by Harold Bloom, contains many useful pieces of literary criticism that examine the novel and its enduring popularity.
This edition of Jane Eyre includes literary criticism and essays that provide cultural and historical context to the novel. This version also contains letters between Brontë and her publisher, along with early critical reviews.
This scholarly essay examines how Brontë structures her plots to demonstrate power struggles. The rest of the volume similarly looks at the works of all the Brontë siblings through a Marxist lens.
This biography of the Brontë siblings focuses primarily on Charlotte and traces inspirations for her work through her life.
This collection of essays contains literary criticism on Charlotte Brontë’s work as a whole, and includes many comments specifically on Jane Eyre.
This classic work of literary criticism uses Bertha Mason, the titular madwoman, as a lens to examine madness in Victorian literature as a feminist response to stifling and oppressive Victorian gender roles.
This collection contains essays examining the works of Charlotte and Emily Brontë, with a particular focus on Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
Jean Rhys wrote this novel as a response to Jane Eyre’s monstrous depiction of Bertha Mason. Rhys’s work has become an important post-colonial and feminist novel in its own right, and follows Mason’s backstory and marriage to Rochester.
This academic text contains ten essays exploring gender roles and the societal expectations placed on women in Victorian England.
Tom Winnifrith’s biography of the Brontë sisters endeavors to separate the authors from their work to get to the truth of who they were.