If it is a function of ideology to acahieve an illusory resolution of real contradictions, then Charlotte Bronte's novels are ideological in a precise sense-myths. In the fabulous, fairy-tale ambience of a work like Jane Eyre, with its dramatic archetypes and magical devices, certain facets of the complex mythology which constitutes Victorian bourgeois consciousness find their aesthetically appropriate form. Yet 'myth' is, of course, a term more commonly used of Wuthering Heights; and we need therefore to discriminate between different meanings of the word.
KeywordsCapitalist Social Relation Genealogical Structure Paradoxical Truth Concrete Existence Traditional World
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