Jane Eyre – LIT Summer Vol. 2

JaneEyreHeroinesLIT(erature) Summer is back! This time we’re starting out with a 2-parter on the Charlotte Bronte classic Jane Eyre.

In part 1 we get into the story recap and Bronte’s background and influences. We also discuss some notable adaptations, including the Jane Eyre stage musical (who knew that existed???) and several popular novels that put a new spin on the story.

The second half of our discussion gets into the novel’s Gothic elements as seen through the lenses of feminism and race. We also go back to our ongoing conversation about the Heroine’s Journey, looking at pop culture heroines, like Rey, Moana, Lorelai Gilmore, and Dorothy, that have followed in Jane Eyre’s footsteps.

Listen now on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts!


Further Exploration


  • 1943 film (dir. Orson Welles)
  • 1996 film (dir. Franco Zeferelli)
  • 2006 miniseries (dir. Susanna White)
  • 2011 film (dir. Cary Fukunaga)
  • The Autobiography of Jane Eyre (webseries)

Related Literature

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • My Plain Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson



Charlotte Bronte’s biography

Info on the Jane Eyre musical

Musical trailer

The Haunted House in Feminist Horror

The Figure of Bertha Mason by Carol Atherton

Reading Jane Eyre While Black by Tyrese L. Coleman

The Battle Over Jane Austen’s Whiteness by Jasmin Malik Chua — a look at race as historically represented (or not) in period dramas and literary canon

Maureen Murdonck’s writings on the Heroine’s Journey

Inspiration of the Heroine’s Journey in film and media

Friends of the podcast Girls With Sabers’ exploration of Rey’s Heroine’s Journey in the Star Wars sequel trilogy

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