1st Edition

The Brontes

ISBN 9780582327276
Published October 3, 2002 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

The novels of Charlotte and Emily Bronte have become canonical texts for the application of twentieth century literary and cultural theory. Along with the work of their sister, Anne, their texts are regarded as a sources of diversity in themselves, full of conflictual material which different schools of criticism have analysed and interpreted. This book shows how the Brontes writings engage with the major issues which dominate twentieth century theoretical work. The essays are grouped under broad schools of theory- biographical; feminist; marxist; psychoanalytical and postcolonial.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Wuthering Heights Terry Eagleton  2. A Dialogue of Self and Soul: Plain Jane's Progress Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar  3. The Sultan and the Slave: Feminist Orientalism and the Structure of Jane Eyre Joyce Zonana  4. Shirley Penny Boumelha  5. Villette 'The Surveillance of a Sleepless Eye' Sally Shuttleworth  6. Words on 'Great Vulgar Sheets': Writing and Social Resistance in Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey (1847)  Susan Meyer  7. The Profession of the Author: Abstraction, Advertising and Jane Eyre Sharon Marcus  8. Gothic Desire in Charlotte Bronte's Vilette Toni Wein  9. The Other Case: Gender and Narration in Charlotte Bronte's The Professor Annette R. Feberico  10. Edwrd Rochester and the Margins of Masculinity in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea Robert Kendrick  11. Gender and Layered Narrative in Wuthering Heights and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall N. M. Jacobs  12. Siblings and Suitors in the Narrative Architecture of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Tess O'Toole  13. Diaries and Displacement in Wuthering Heights Rebecca Steinitz  Further reading  Index

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Patricia Ingham is Senior Research Fellow and Reader at St Anne's College,Oxford.