We’ll read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and we’ll watch Cary Fukunaga’s and Andrea Arnold’s film adaptations (2011). We’ll ask how girls grow up on the Yorkshire moors and what their stories tell us about women’s work, marital prospects, and domestic lives in 1840s England. We’ll wonder why both Brontës use first-person or multiple narrators to tell their tales. We’ll ask how the films update the Brontës for 20th century spectators: why Fukunaga changes Jane Eyre’s plot, and how Arnold shoots the moors to create a multisensory experience. We’ll watch selected film clips in our meetings.
LEADER: Dianne Sadoff is professor emerita of English and former director of cinema studies at Rutgers University; she has also taught at Antioch College, Colby College, and Miami University.
WEDNESDAYS: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 8 weeks: October 3 through November 21
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville