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Jane Eyre: Bronte vs. Hollywood Class


Armstrong Hall
14 E. Cache La Poudre St. (map)


This class will look at various versions of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel "Jane Eyre" (1848). With Professor George Butte, students will identify some key themes and features of the novel, and ask how they translate into film. Why has this novel been filmed so many times? Are there inherent limitations to this process? Why is it so difficult for films to give us the “plain Jane” that Bronte described? Students will discuss novel form, film form, and Victorian feminism too and look at examples from various film adaptations, from Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine in 1944, to Zeffirelli’s 1996 film with William Hurt. The class will finish with a British High Tea. Professor George Butte has taught in the English department at Colorado College since 1974. He specializes in the 18th and 19th century British novel, and teaches many film theory courses, with special interests in Hitchcock and film comedy. His most recent book is “I Know That You Know That I Know: Narrating Subjects from Moll Flanders to Marnie” (Ohio State Press, 2004). Professor Butte received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow from 1967-1968 and Rhodes Scholar from 1968-1970.

Please register for this class through the website or call (719) 389-6939.

Jane Eyre: Bronte vs. Hollywood Class
  • Open to Public: Yes
  • Admission Fee:
    • $40 general public
    • $40 for students
    • $40 with a CC ID
  • Tickets: Register through the Enrich Your Life! website or by calling 719-389-6939
  • Sponsored By: The Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts
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