Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (1847)

INTRODUCTION:  In spite of ambivalence toward the British education she received growing up on the island of Antigua, Jamaica Kincaid frequently references the books of Charlotte Brontë in her own novels (for more on this, read A Small Place, Kincaid’s nonfiction discussion of colonialism in Antigua).  Kincaid’s connections to Brontë are much more complex than colonized/colonizer – and she doesn’t just choose to tell ‘the other side of the story’, as Jean Rhys does in Wide Sargasso Sea – instead, Kincaid makes the literary tradition that was imposed upon her both her own and not her own all at once.  The following annotated version of the first chapters Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847) puts the novel side by side with passages from Kincaid’s Annie John (1983).

ANNOTATED DOCUMENT:  BronteCharlotte_JaneEyre_KincaidJamaica_AnnieJohn

Annotations by:  Rachel Linn

The annotated text is adapted from:  

Works cited & consulted in the annotations:  

  • Kincaid, Jamaica. Annie John. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983.