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10. The Age of Photography
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about how the invention of photography in the early nineteenth century influenced the writing of autobiography, and how it fundamentally changed perceptions of the self – as explored also in Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida (1981)
In this course, we explore several aspects of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The course is divided into two equal halves: in the first six modules, we think about some of the major themes of the novel, looking in particular at gender, race, and class; in the second, we think more about narrative structure and concept of autobiography, focusing in particular on the extent to which Jane is a reliable narrator.
Alfie Bown is Lecturer in Digital Media Culture and Technology at Royal Holloway, University of London. His principle research interests are in psychoanalysis, digital media, critical theory and videogames, though he has also published in nineteenth-century studies, film studies and medieval studies. He is author of The Playstation Dreamworld (2017) and In the Event of Laughter (2018) among other things. His most recent book is an edited collection of essays entitled Post-Memes: Seizing the Memes of Production (2019).
Cite this Lecture
Bown, A. (2018, August 15). Bronte: Jane Eyre - The Age of Photography [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/bronte-jane-eyre/the-age-of-photography
Bown, A. "Bronte: Jane Eyre – The Age of Photography." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/bronte-jane-eyre/the-age-of-photography