Echoes of Jane Eyre in the Novels of Margaret Atwood
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre has had a significant and noteworthy presence in cultural memory and imagination, ever since its publication in the nineteenth century, while the reception of the novel has differed across different temporal contexts. The preponderance of the novel in cultural imagination has led to the writing of a considerable number of inspired works, and as some scholars argue, one can discern traces of Jane Eyre in works that do not explicitly establish a literary lineage with the Victorian classic. This paper explores the latter kind of literary nexus with respect to the works of Margaret Atwood.
Keywords: Influence, dystopia, gender, culture, patriarchy.
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