Computational Literary Analysis on Jane Eyre

About the project

This is a final project of course Introduction to Computational Literary Analysis at 2019 UC Berkeley Summer School, instructed by Jonathon Reeve. Course repository link: https://github.com/JonathanReeve/course-computational-literary-analysis

Introduction

Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë, published under the pen name “Currer Bell”, on 16 October 1847. Jane Eyre follows the experiences of its eponymous heroine, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester, the brooding master of Thornfield Hall. The novel revolutionised prose fiction by being the first to focus on its protagonist’s moral and spiritual development through an intimate first-person narrative, where actions and events are coloured by a psychological intensity. Charlotte Brontë has been called the “first historian of the private consciousness”, and the literary ancestor of writers like Proust and Joyce. The book contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of Christian morality at its core, and is considered by many to be ahead of its time because of Jane’s individualistic character and how the novel approaches the topics of class, sexuality, religion and feminism.(“Jane Eyre”, 2019)The novel has been adapted into a number of other forms, including theatre, movie, television and opera. These are significant rewritings and reinterpretations of the novel. Therefore, in this project, we are going to analyze both novel text and one of its adaption movie. The movie is directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, and released on 11 March 2011 in the United States. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the novel.(“Jane Eyre (2011 film)”, 2019) For the movie, we cannot directly analyze the video. As a result, we analyze the subtitles and reviews of the movie.

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