Charlotte Brontë from the Beginnings: New Essays from the Juvenilia to the Major Works, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Charlotte Brontë from the Beginnings

New Essays from the Juvenilia to the Major Works, 1st Edition

Edited by Judith E. Pike, Lucy Morrison


198 pages

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Composed of serialized works, poems, short tales, and novellas, Charlotte Brontë's juvenilia merit serious scholarly attention as revelatory works in and of themselves as well as for what they tell us about the development of Brontë as a writer. This timely collection attends to both critical strands, positioning Brontë as an author whose career encompassed the Romantic and Victorian eras and delving into the developing nineteenth century's literary concerns as well as the growth of the writer's mind. As the contributors show, Brontë's authorship took shape among the pages of her juvenilia, as figures from Brontë's childhood experience of the world such as Wellington and Napoleon transmuted to her fictional pages, while her siblings' works and worlds both overlapped with and extended beyond her own.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Redefining the Brontë Canon: A Tribute to Christine Alexander Judith E. Pike 2. On Early Style: The Emergence of Realism in Charlotte Brontë's Juvenilia Zak Sitter 3. The Miniature World of Charlotte Brontë's Glass Town Laura Forsberg 4. Mortal Hostility: Masculinity and Fatherly Conflict in the Glass Town and Angrian Sagas Emma Butcher and Valerie Sanders 5. Reading the Imperial Imaginary of 'A Leaf from an Unopened Volume' Sue Thomas 6. The Not-so New Gothic: Charlotte Brontë's Juvenilia and the Gothic Tradition Diane Long Hoeveler 7. Revisioning the Double: From The Spell to The Professor and Shirley Frances Beer 8. Queer Charlotte: Homoerotics from Mina Laury to The Professor Deborah Denenholz Morse 9. Charlotte Brontë's Ashworth: from Adapted Angrian Villains to Recurring Sibling Pairs Tamara Silvia Wagner 10. From Angria to Thornfield: Charlotte Brontë's Cross-Period Development of the Byronic Hero Erin Nyborg 11. Apocalyptic Visionaries -- Charlotte Brontë's Love-Hate Relationship with the Romantic Figure of the Poet-Prophet Mandy Swann Afterword.

About the Editors

Judith E. Pike is Professor of English at Salisbury University, USA, and Lucy Morrison is Professor of English and Director of the University Honors Program at the University of Nebraska Omaha, USA.

About the Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series aims to develop and promote new approaches and fresh directions in scholarship and criticism on nineteenth-century literature and culture. The series encourages work which erodes the traditional boundary between Romantic and Victorian studies and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, religious, scientific and visual cultures of the period. While British literature and culture are the core subject matter of monographs and collections in the series,  the editors encourage proposals which explore the wider, international contexts of nineteenth-century literature – transatlantic, European and global.  Print culture, including studies in the newspaper and periodical press, book history, life writing and gender studies are particular strengths of this established series as are high quality single author studies.  The series also embraces research in the field of digital humanities. The editors invite proposals from both younger and established scholars in all areas of nineteenth-century literary studies. 

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Women