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Jane Eyre in Elizabeth Stoddard’s New England
Anne-Marie Ford

site of resistance to ideological positions as well as a means of propagating them’.6 Brontë, through her transgressive heroine, interrogates both gender boundaries and class categories, yet finally surrenders to many of the values of contemporary ideology. Nevertheless, she also creates what Ellis describes as Jane Eyre in Elizabeth Stoddard’s New England 45 a space in her text for the appearance of the forbidden, and in this space she places the libidinous, monstrous female, Bertha Rochester. Texts such as Brontë’s and the later sensation7 novels of, for example

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