Marta Miquel-Baldellou


Marta MIQUEL-BALDELLOU is a PhD candidate, government-scholarship holder, assistant instructor at the Department of English and Linguistics of the University of Lleida, and member of the research group DEDAL-LIT, focused on the conceptualisations of ageing in the literatures of the English-speaking countries. Her field of research focuses on the analysis of cultural differences in the process of ageing of male and female characters in American and English Victorian literature. She is currently writing her PhD dissertation entitled “Transatlantic Modalities of Victorian Ageing in the Works of Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton and Edgar Allan Poe”. She has presented papers and published articles on the topics of transatlanticism, ageing, gender, and the gothic in Victorian literature. Early this year, she was granted a three-month research stay at the Victorian Studies Centre, Department of English, of the University of Leicester, UK.
University of Lleida. mmiquel@dal.udl.cat

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Cycnos | Volume 25 Spécial - 2008

Words of Madness / Female Worlds:Hysteria as Intertextual Discourse of Women’s Deviance in Jane Eyre

This paper aims to accomplish the following objectives: locate instances of female madness or hysteria in Charlotte Brontë’s novel as illustrative of women’s deviance and otherness; outline the evolving nature of critical interpretations of madness in Jane Eyre from Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, to Helen Small, analyse the way(s) female madness is constructed through discourse strategies in the novel, and interpret Jane Eyre as a narrative through which female hysteria is constructed and deconstructed through intertextual discourse.

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