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Posted by greg on September 25, 1997 at 12:37:53:
In response to Jane's journey, written by Susie on September 24, 1997 at 20:26:07
I wonder whether Jane's "journey" and her stirring example of independent female thinking were probably one of the main reasons for the book being obligatory reading (alongside Virginia Woolf "A Room with a View")for teenage girls at my all girls school. Greg, when did you first read it? I would be intrigued to know if it is widely known and appreciated among men.
i first read it as an adult, when i became more interested in classic lit. i'd enjoyed studying lit. in school but hadn't read any brontes. i don't know why some of us are so fascinated by stories where "people write with feathers", or by jane eyre in particular. all i can say for myself is that it strikes some personal chord with me.
as far as it being appreciated by other men, i'll let them speak for themselves(although i don't see many here at this board). our cultural stereotypes get in the way; for example, i don't know any men that i'd dare to ask about bronte - the men i know never mention any subjects close enough to make it seem possible. there have to be a lot of us "closet" fans, i'm sure. or maybe it just seems more natural to bring the subject up among women - kinda never occurs among men's gabbing. but i'm sure these popular dramatizations will help expose more men to these great stories.
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