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Jane Eyre, Superstar: From Brontë to Fukunaga

Posted February 17, 2011 to photo album "Jane Eyre, Superstar: From Brontë to Fukunaga"

Since Charlotte Brontë brought her heroine to life in 1847, everyone––filmmakers, artists, playwrights, cartoonists––have wanted to recreate her in their own imagination.

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Jane: On the Stage
Jane: A Poor Person's Passion
Jane: A Working-Class Hero
Jane: A Drawing Room Romance
Jane: The Matinee Idol
Jane: A Horror Drama
Jane: Strong, But Reserved
Jane: A Thoroughly Modern Heroine
Jane: Without Jane
Jane: A Zombie Jane
Jane: A Graphic Approach
Jane: A Comical Turn
Jane: A Teen Dream
Jane: For Every Artist
Jane: For Every Imagination
Jane: Stamps of Approval
Jane: Everlasting
Jane: A Working-Class Hero

Jane: A Working-Class Hero

The Bowery Theater; John Brougham’s Jane Eyre

John Brougham’s Jane Eyre (1849), which played at New York’s equivalent to The Old Vic, the Bowery Theater in New York, put the spotlights the aristocratic friends of Rochester and shows them in the worst light. In a soliloquy, after rebuffing a pass made by Lord Ingram, Jane says: “Shame, shame upon their cruelty; … Better, a thousand times better, my solitary cell once more, that be gived and mocked by the vulgar-wealthy …[to] endure the unceasing lash of insolence, the certain punishment of that statuteless but unforgiven crime, poverty.” Later 19th century stage versions of the novel, emphasized gender relations and Jane’s independent spirit.