The Afterlives of Jane Eyre | Newberry

The Afterlives of Jane Eyre

Led by Amber Pouliot
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Six sessions, Tuesdays, July 13 - August 17

6 - 8 pm (Central Time)


Full. Email to be added to the wait list.

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Seminar Description

Charlotte Brontë's story of a poor, plain, disconnected governess valiantly making her way in the world has captured the imaginations of scores of writers, artists, and producers who have adapted her novel for a wide range of media, including ballet, radio, film, theatre, and television. In this six-session seminar, we will explore the fascinating history of Jane Eyre in adaptation, charting its development in relation to cultural shifts (e.g., feminism and postcolonial theory), literary trends, and new technologies.

Six sessions. Registration – $230

Amber Pouliot holds a PhD in Victorian literature from the University of Leeds. Her work on the Brontës' writing and afterlives has been published in Brontë Studies, The Journal of Victorian Culture, and Nineteenth-Century Contexts.

Materials List


  • A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins.

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Oxford World's Classics, 2019. ISBN: 9780198804970

  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Harper Collins, 2020. ISBN: 9780063082991

  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. Penguin Modern Classics, 2000. ISBN: 9780141185422

  • The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins. St. Martin's Press, 2021. ISBN: 9781250245496

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read Jane Eyre.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.