Gender and Literature/Art
Mother-Absence and Maternity-Presence ——Reading of Jane Eyre
Journal of Shandong University(Philosophy and Social Sciences) 2004-2
Abstract：One of the most distinctive characteristics of Charlotte Brontё′s works is that all her novels are haunted by that ` mother-absence′ or `mother-want′ which is the gravest disaster her heronines and heroes have to suffer. But the mother-absence doesn′t spontaneously mean maternal-love-absence. In her masterpiece Jane Eyre, the yearning of Jane for maternal-love is met by a series of mother figures, including powerful Nature. However, maternity is not the ultimate of Jane′s desires, her refusal of motherhood can be sensed here and there from the lines.
Keywords：Jane Eyre, mother, maternity