Join Dr. Manuela Mourão, ODU Professor of English, as we explore plain Janes and rebellious Catherines. In an 1845 essay about British women writers, Lady Elizabeth Eastlake referred to British women as "the finest production of the finest country upon earth." This sentiment was echoed in a broad range of 19th Century British texts, where ideologies of perfect femininity were disseminated even as they sometimes were brought into question. Women writers' works were especially likely to offer conflicted views of female identity. This talk will discuss the representation of female identity in iconic works of the Bronte sisters, and consider how they continue to influence our notions of feminine.