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.
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.