Warner University Assistant Professor of English, Dr. Jennifer Fuller has an article published in Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment this Fall of 2013. We are so proud of our professors as they publish their research. Below is a brief description of her article.
“Seeking Wild Eyre: Landscape and the Environment in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre”
Applying techniques from the growing field of ecocriticism, this article uses Jane Eyre to explore a growing environmental awareness among middle-class Victorians and demonstrate how their need to preserve a “wild” or “natural” landscape coincides with ideas of liberty and freedom prevalent in the novel. By looking at Jane’s changing interactions with and interpretations of the natural world, we can gain a better understanding of the value and interpretation of landscape to the Victorians. In Jane Eyre, Jane’s journeys continually lead her to finding a way to balance her human wants and needs with the “wildness” of the natural world.