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Charlotte and Emily Brontë

A Narrative Analysis of "Jane Eyre</I> and "Wuthering Heights</I>

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Esther Schönberger-Schleicher

Two women whose lives ran along exceptionally parallel lines - two works that could hardly be more different. Their lives have often been compared but Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights have never been the object of a systematic comparative reading based on modern narrative theory. This study offers for the first time a combination of two approaches: The concepts of recent narrative theories are applied to a comparative reading of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Particular emphasis will be given to the narrative devices employed by the two sisters with regard to text, story and narration in each novel.