Bachelor of Arts in English
Deborah Robinson, Ph.D.
The fact that Charlotte Bronte was forced by Victorian patriarchal society to write under secretive conditions and faced great adversity when trying to publish her works provides a direct analog for Jane Eyre's experiences. In critic Arthur Pollard's words, Bronte "gives us real life heightened. Sometimes the incident appears bizarre, but the essence is always true" ( 113). Bronte was one of the first feminist writers who had the courage to write a novel that was closely mirrored her own patriarchal oppression.
[Full title page and Abstract added in 2023 by Professor Case during the English Lit thesis digitization project.]
Frederick, Linda, "The Effect of Victorian Patriarchy on Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre" (1991). English Theses. 229.