This lucid and tightly-argued study uses the motif of the mentor-lover - embodying diverse permutations of sexual love, power and judgement - to explore, evaluate and compare the works of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot as they contend with issues of sexuality, family, selfhood, freedom, conduct and gender. The figure also provides a means to probe their relationship to the reader as they become mentor-lovers through authorship, each eliciting a different form of love and electing a different style of instruction.
Austen, Eliot, Charlotte Bronte, and the mentor-lover / Patricia Menon. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references (p.) and index. 1. English fiction–Women authors–History and criticism. 2. Mentoring in literature. 3.
Author: P. Menon
Category: Literary Criticism