Call for Entries: EYRESSES: A JANE EYRE ZINE
Movie title text designed as a black and white book cover. Text reads “Twentieth Century Fox presents Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë”
Myself, Wendy McClure, Kate Harding, and others, are doing a one-off zine about Jane Eyre just because, why not? IT’S A RICH TEXT. Write for it! It will be fun. Some ideas:
Dress your cat or dog (or hedgehog) up in period-appropriate outfits and submit a photo essay.
Discuss the racial and colonial issues in Jane Eyre—both Bertha and Mr. Mason threaten to undo the class system and life of privilege enjoyed by Mr. Rochester, but each time he survives—even though he has to be literally blinded to do so. (this isn’t the only aspect of the MANY racial and colonial issues—the question of the Mason’s race is up in the air, even, or are they just tainted by having associated with blacks?—just throwing it out there)
Madness and mental health in Jane Eyre—is Bertha Mason a madwoman? How is her treatment justified or not, within the story and in terms of the era? (again, not the only aspect)
Jane Eyre’s hair: What’s up with it? For. Real.
Inheritance and heritage as a theme
Cruelty and betrayal
Jane’s quest for a “relationship of equals”
Orphans and Prince Charmings—is this basically a fairy tale?
Your thoughts on Jane Eyre in comic form
Ellen Page as Jane Eyre in upcoming movie: Discuss
Wide Sargasso Sea--Jean Rhys’s brilliant (pre)text and the bizarre bodice-ripping movie that was made from it
Would love for someone to make a case for polyamory based on JE—would that have solved Rochester’s problems?
Dear Charlotte: Where’s the sisterhood? Is this a feminist text? Why do we want it to be?
XY Rochester: Representations of masculinity in the Eyress world (I was rightly called out for this hurtful usage; leaving it in to not elide, crossing it out with a thousand apologies.)
Dear Eyresses: What is the big deal about Jane Eyre, anyway? (Im totally into critical and dont-get-it pieces—but don’t want something that’s just like “I don’t like it, therefore it is stupid)
AND SO MUCH MORE. Please reblog and send your ideas, or claim one of the above. Eyresses@gmail.com