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Title: ‘A brilliancy of their own’: Female art, beauty and sexuality in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre
Authors: Ioannou, Maria 
Keywords: Αrt;Beauty;Female sexuality;Gender;Jane Eyre;Victorian periodicals
Category: Arts
Field: Humanities
Issue Date: 2-Oct-2018
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.
Source: Bronte Studies, 2018, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 323-334
Journal: Bronte Studies 
Abstract: This article studies the portraits of Rosamond Oliver and Blanche Ingram in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, to argue that, first, the portraits participate in the nineteenth-century dialogue about women in art and, second, capture Jane’s convictions on the theme of sexual love. This is especially so in the case of Rosamond’s miniature, which comes at a point where Jane has resolved to choose a sexual union rather than a loveless marriage. In an important sense, Jane is Rosamond; the subject (artist) identifies with the object (model) in an equation of female beauty with agency and capacity for sexual feeling.
ISSN: 1474-8932
DOI: 10.1080/14748932.2018.1502993
Collaboration : University of Exeter
Cyprus University of Technology
Rights: © The Brontë Society.
Type: Article
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