fABLEd: Episode 3 Jayne Eyre

In the third episode of our fABLEd series, Alice discusses with Lucy the depictions of disability and mental health conditions in the literary classic Jane Eyre. From Bertha’s perceived ‘madness’ to the visual impairment of Mr Rocheser, this tale sparks discussions about disability representation in the mid-1800s and the messages Charlotte Bronte was trying to convey by using mental health and disability within the book’s characters

Episode Transcript

Further Information

Ahead of the Times: Disability Studies in Jane Eyre – The Nineteenth-Century Novel (dickinson.edu)

BBC – A History of the World – Object: Melancholy and Raving Madness: Statues

Narrative control and the monster within: empowering disability in Jane Eyre – Hektoen International (hekint.org)

Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts | Jane Eyre (nineteenthcenturydisability.org)

The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jayne Eyre, Discourse, Disability.

Bolt, David, Rodas, Julia Miele, Donaldson, Elizabeth J.

The Ohio State University Press, 2013. Accessed via: Project MUSE. muse.jhu.edu/book/23963

The Blind Can See: Revisiting Disability in Jane Eyre (byu.edu)

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