Jane Eyre on Stage, 1848-1898: An Illustrated Edition of Eight Plays with Contextual Notes

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Patsy Stoneman
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2007 - Literary Collections - 440 pages
Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre was published in October, 1847, and within three months a version was on stage in London. By 1900, at least eight different stage versions had appeared in England, America and continental Europe. For the first time, all eight plays are available in Patsy Stoneman's critical edition, richly illustrated by facsimile reproductions of manuscripts, unique Victorian playbills, contemporary etchings of theatres, and portraits of playwrights and actors. Stoneman's introduction places the plays' bizarre innovations in the context of theatre history and of contemporary debates on class and gender, while each edited play-text is accompanied by detailed notes, based on original research, on the playwright, theatre(s) and performances, and contemporary reception.Most of these plays existed only in manuscript, and were quickly forgotten, yet they make fascinating reading. Nineteenth-century playwrights had no reverence for a text we regard as canonical, but added to, deleted from and twisted Charlotte Bronte's story to suit their own purposes. One play has a cast of comic servants who follow Jane from Lowood to Thornfield. In another, the madwoman is revealed as the sister-in-law of a blameless Rochester. A third has Blanche Ingram reduced to a fallen woman, seduced and abandoned by John Reed.Jane Eyre on Stage will appeal to readers interested in literary and theatrical history, cultural studies, and the intriguing afterlives of famous books.

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Anonymous Jane Eyre 1867
Charlotte BirchPfeiffers Jane Eyre or The Orphan ofLowood 1870
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James Willings Jane Eyre or Poor Relations 1879
T H Pauls Jane Eyre 1879
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About the author (2007)

Patsy Stoneman is Emeritus Reader in English at the University of Hull, UK. Her work on the Brontės includes her monograph Brontė Transformations (1996), commissioned articles, and Wuthering Heights: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism (2000).

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