Publisher description for Austen, Eliot, Charlotte Brontče, and the mentor-lover / Patricia Menon.


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This lucid and tightly-argued study uses the motif of the mentor-lover--embodying diverse permutations of sexual love, power and judgment--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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English fiction Women authors History and criticism, Mentoring in literature, Women and literature England History 19th century, English fiction 19th century History and criticism, Brontče, Charlotte, 1816-1855 Characters Mentors, Eliot, George, 1819-1880 Characters Mentors, Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 Characters Mentors, Love stories, English History and criticism, Man-woman relationships in literature, Mentoring of authors England