Rare Book School at the University of Virginia presents “Eyre Apparent,” an exhibition celebrating Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre.
The exhibition takes place in the Dome Rome of the Rotunda at the University. It is open 9 am to 4:45 pm daily from November 7, 2005 until May 1, 2006.
The show, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of Brontë’s death, offers up evidence of the book’s ubiquity and enduring popularity. The exhibition follows Jane Eyre through the 19th century to the present, from the printed word to the household word. Visit Jane Eyre in the context of the bookshop, the stage, the classroom, and the doll house. Displaying everything from series books to Greek comics, and objects ranging from thimbles to cigarette cards, the show sheds light on how Jane Eyre became a classic text and reveals how shifting cultural contexts have affected and continue to shape its meaning.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, RBS will host a day of events on December 9. Activities will include tours of the exhibition guided by curators John Buchtel and Barbara Heritage, an evening lecture by UVa Professor Karen Chase, tours of the Rare Book School collections led by RBS Director Terry Belanger, and screenings of movies based on the novel.