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University of California, Berkeley

"Jane Eyre" by Bronte: BerkeleyX Book Club

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Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë. It was published in 1847 under her pen name, Currer Bell.

Jane Eyre is often referred to as a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story. It follows the feelings and experiences of the protagonist and title character, Jane Eyre, from youth to adulthood.  The story has both elements of social criticism as well as a strong moral core. Many critics have considered this book to be ahead of its time, mostly due to Jane’s individualism, as well as story themes that include classism, sexuality, religion, and feminism.

Participants in this course will read, discuss, and write about the text and its influence. As in most book clubs, the focus will be on lively discussion. Course materials will include background information for understanding the text, as well as vocabulary and language support. Assessment will include quizzes and short writing assignments.

Taught by

Maggie Sokolik


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  • Alistair Dredge
    I completed the course some time ago and was disappointed because I found the supplementary materials to be minimal. Be warned that the course is popular among people with English as their second language (and it is perhaps designed for them?), whic…
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