Female images in jane eyre and the woman in white in Russian translations of the 1840–60s

Irina A. Matveenko, Anna Alexandrovna Syskina, Irina A. Aizikova, Vitaly S. Kiselev, Sue Lonoff

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This article analyses mid-nineteenth-century Russian translations of Jane Eyre and The Woman in White, with a special focus on the way these novels rendered images of women. Particular attention is paid to the contemporary Russian context, the reasons for the translators’ diverse approaches, and the consequent choices they made as they translated the original texts. We conclude that Russian interest in these English novels was spurred by the search for a contemporary literary heroine. The translated versions partially filled this lacuna, thereby effecting a satisfying compromise between the British and Russian literary traditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-129
Number of pages12
JournalBronte Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017



  • Conservatives
  • Doubling
  • Emancipators
  • Female images
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Woman in White
  • The woman question
  • Translator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory

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