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Governesses – Select Bibliography

Please note: Some of the following texts can already be downloaded.

General / Historical Background

Alexander, Gabriel. Adelaide, or the trials of a governess. London: Dicks, 1870.

Barnard, H.C. A Short History of English Education. From 1760 to 1944 [1947]. London: U of London P, 1958.

Broughton, Trev / Symes, Ruth. The Governess: An Anthology. New York: St. Martin’s, 1997.

Clark, E.V. “The Private Governess in Fiction”. Contemporary Review 186 (1954): 165-70.

Copland, Edward. Women Writing About Money. Women’s Fiction in England, 1790-1820. Cambridge UP, 1995.

Lecaros, Cecilia Wadsö. The Victorian Governess Novel. Lund UP, 2001.

Mangum, Teresa. “Sheridan Le Fanu’s Ungovernable Governesses”. Studies in the Novel 29:2 (1997): 214-37.

McCann, Phillip (ed). Popular education and socialization in the nineteenth century. London: Methuen, 1977.

"Queen’s College – London". Quarterly Review 171:86 (1850): 364-83.

Renton, Alice. Tyrant or Victim? A History of the British Governess. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1991, 58-65 (ch. 6: “The market place”).

Roderick, Gordon W. Education and industry in the nineteenth century: the English disease? London: Longman, 1978.

Rowland-Brown, Lilian. “The Governess Triumphant”. The Nineteenth Century 87 (1920): 657-67.

Silver, Harold. Education as history: interpreting nineteenth- and twentieth-century education. London: Methuen, 1983.

Stanzel, Franz K. “Der Ich-Roman”. Stanzel, Franz K. Typische Formen des Romans [1964]. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1970, 25-39.

West, Katharine. Chapter of Governesses. A Study of the Governess in English Fiction. London: Cohen & West, 1949.

Zeldin, Theodore (ed). Conflicts in French society: anticlericalism, education and morals in the nineteenth century. London: Allen & Unwin, 1970.

Agnes Grey

Allot, Miriam. The Brontes. The Critical Heritage. London, Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1974 (chapter on Agnes Grey).

Berg, Maggie. “’Hapless Dependents’: Women and Animals in Anne Bronte’s Agnes Grey”. Studies in the Novel 34:2 (2002): 177-97.

Davies, Stevie. “’Three Distinct and Unconnected Tales’: The Professor, Agnes Grey and Wuthering Heights”. Glen, Heather (ed). The Cambridge Companion to the Brontes. Cambridge UP, 2002, 72-98.

Evans, Barbara / Lloyd, Gareth. Everyman’s Companion to the Brontes. London, Melbourne, Toronto: Dent, 1982.

Gohrisch, Jana. “Emotion Work in Anne Bronte’s Agnes Grey”. Drexler, Peter (ed). Nice Work? Critical Perspectives on the Changing Nature of Labour, Leisure, and Unemployment in Britain. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2002, 63-82.

Meyer, Susan. “Words on ‘Great Vulgar Sheets’: Writing and Social Resistance in Anne Bronte’s Agnes Grey”. Harman, Barbara / Meyer, Susan (eds). The New Nineteenth Century: Feminist Readings of Underread Victorian Fiction. New York: Garland, 1996, 3-16.

Peer, Larry H. “The First Chapter of Agnes Grey: An Analysis of the Sympathetic Narrator”. Nash, Julie / Suess, Barbara A. (eds). New Approaches to the Literary Art of Anne Bronte. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001, 15-23.

Regaignon, Dara Rossman. “Instructive Sufficiency: Re-Reading the Governess through Agnes Grey”. Victorian Literature and Culture 29:1 (2001): 85-108.

Simmons, James R. “Class, Matriarchy, and Power: Contextualizing the Governess in Agnes Grey”. Nash, Julie / Suess, Barbara A. (eds). New Approaches to the Literary Art of Anne Bronte. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001, 25-43.

Jane Eyre

Allot, Miriam. The Brontes. The Critical Heritage. London, Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1974 (chapter on Jane Eyre).

Gaskell, Elizabeth. The Life of Charlotte Bronte [1857]. Ed. Easson, Angus. Oxford UP, 1996.

Gilbert, Sandra M. “Jane Eyre and the Secrets of Furious Lovemaking”. Novel: A Forum on Fiction 31:3 (1998): 351-72.

Gilbert, Sandra M. / Gubar, Susan (eds). “A Dialogue of Self and Soul: Plain Jane’s Progress”. The Madwoman in the Attic. The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Imagination. New Haven, London: Yale UP, 1980, 336-71.

Godfrey, Esther. “Jane Eyre, from Governess to Girl Bride”. SEL 45:4 (2005): 853-71.

Heilman, Robert B. “Charlotte Bronte’s ‘New’ Gothic”. Gregor, Ian (ed). The Brontes. A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1970, 96-109.

Poovey, Mary. “The Anathemised Race: The Governess and ‘Jane Eyre’”. Glen, Heather (ed). Jane Eyre. New Casebooks. Basingstoke, London: Macmillan, 1997, 168-95.

Poovey, Mary. “Jane Eyre and the Governess in Nineteenth-Century Britain”. Hoeveler, Diane Long / Lau, Beth (eds). Approaches to Teaching Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’. New York: MLA, 1993.

Rubik, Margarete / Mettinger-Schartmann, Elke. A Breath of Fresh Eyre: Intertextual and Intermedial Reworkings of Jane Eyre. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007.

Sternlieb, Lisa. "Jane Eyre: ‘Hazarding Confidences’". Nineteenth-Century Literature 53:4 (1999): 452-79.

Thomas, Sue. “The Tropical Extravagance of Bertha Mason”. Victorian Literature and Culture 27:1 (1999): 1-17.

"Vanity Fair – and Jane Eyre". Quarterly Review 167:84 (1848): 153-85.

The Turn of the Screw

Allen, John J. “The Governess and the Ghosts in ‘The Turn of the Screw’”. The Henry James Review 1:1 (1979): 73-80.

Felman, Shoshana. “Turning the Screw of Interpretation”. Yale French Studies 55/56 (1977): 94-207.

Jones, Alexander E. “Point of View in ‘The Turn of the Screw’”. PMLA 74 (1959): 112-22.

Kauffman, Linda S. “The Author of our Woe: Virtue Recorded in ‘The Turn of the Screw’”. Nineteenth-Century Fiction 36 (1981): 176-92.

Keetley, Dawn. “Mothers and Others: Anxieties over Substitute Mothers in The Turn of the Screw”. Reed, Kimberly C. / Beidler, Peter G. (eds). Approaches to Teaching Henry James’s Daisy Miller and The Turn of the Screw. New York: MLA, 2005, 143-50.

Matheson, Terence J. “Did the Governess Smother Miles? A Note on James’s ‘The Turn of the Screw’”. Studies in Short Fiction 19:2 (1982): 172-175.

Nardin, Jane. “’The Turn of the Screw’: The Victorian Background”. Mosaic 12:1 (1978): 131-42.

Petry, Alice Hall. “Jamesian Parody, ‘Jane Eyre’, and ‘The Turn of the Screw’”. Modern Language Studies 14:4 (1983): 61-78.

Pittock, Malcolm. “The Decadence of The Turn of the Screw”. Essays in Criticism 55:4 (2005): 332-52.

Schrero, Elliot M. “Exposure in ‘The Turn of the Screw’”. Modern Philology 78 (1981): 261-74