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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.
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.