Title

Jane Eyre and Our Age of Authenticity

Author(s)

Karen PriorFollow

Publication Date

April 2016

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Creative Writing

Abstract

Beloved by countless women readers and Hollywood filmmakers, Jane Eyre is sometimes dismissed as mere pulp fiction for the literary set. But beneath the surface-level romance, Jane Eyre offers a profoundly philosophical portrait of the modern self. In fact, the novel embodies to a remarkable degree the modern quest for self-creation described by Charles Taylor in The Ethics of Authenticity.