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New Approaches to the Literary Art of Anne Brontë

1st Edition

By Barbara A. Suess

Edited by Julie Nash


248 pages

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This new essay collection brings together some of the top Brontë scholars working today, as well as new critical voices, to examine the many layers of Anne Brontë's fiction and other writings and to restore Brontë to her rightful place in literary history. Until very recently, Brontë's literary fate has been to live in the critical shadow of her older sisters, Charlotte and Emily, in spite of the fact that her two published novels, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were widely read and discussed during her lifetime. From a variety of fields-including psychology, religion, social criticism and literary tradition-the contributors to New Approaches to the Literary Art of Anne Brontë re-assess her works as those of an artist, which demand the rigorous scholarship and attention that they receive here.


'Highly recommended for all academic libraries, lower-division undergraduate through faculty, and for the general readers.' Choice '…a book worth reading for those working on the Brontës.' Review of English Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Contextualizing Anne Brontë’s Bible, Maria Frawley; the first chapter of Agnes Grey: an analysis of the sympathetic narrator, Larry H. Peer; Class, matriarchy and power: contextualizing the governess in Agnes Grey, James R. Simmons; ’The food of my life’: Agnes Grey at Wellwood House, Marilyn Sheridan Gardner; Anne Brontë’s Agnes Grey: the feminist; ’I must stand alone’, Bettina L. Knapp; Narrative economies in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Garrett Stewart; ’I speak of those I do know’: witnessing as radical gesture in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Deborah Denenholz Morse; Anne Brontë’s method of social protest in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Lee A. Talley; Aspects of love in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Marianne Thormählen; Wildfell Hall as satire: Brontë’s domestic Vanity Fair, Andrés G. López; Helen’s diary and the method(ism) of character formation in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Melody J. Kemp; A matter of strong prejudice: Gilbert Markham’s self portrait, Andrea Westcott; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Barbara A. Suess and Julie Nash

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature