Organized thematically around the themes of time, space, and place, this collection examines Charlotte Brontë in relationship to her own historical context and to her later critical reception, takes up the literal and metaphorical spaces of her literary output, and sheds light on place as both a psychic and geographical phenomenon in her novels and their adaptations. Foregrounding both a historical and a broad cultural approach, the contributors also follow the evolution of Brontë's literary reputation in essays that place her work in conversation with authors such as Samuel Richardson, Walter Scott, and George Sand and offer insights into the cultural and critical contexts that influenced her status as a canonical writer. Taken together, the essays in this volume reflect the resurgence of popular and scholarly interest in Charlotte Brontë and the robust expansion of Brontë studies that is currently under way.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction: time, space(s), and place(s) in Charlotte Brontë DIANE LONG HOEVELER AND DEBORAH DENENHOLZ MORSE
PART I: Time
1 Charlotte Brontë’s renderings of time JULIE DONOVAN
2 Charlotte Brontë and her critics: the case of Shirley HERBERT ROSENGARTEN
3 The 1916 centenary: Charlotte Brontë and first-wave feminism ALEXIS EASLEY
4 Charlotte Brontë’s neo-Victorian character(s) SARAH E. MAIER
PART II: Literary space(s)
5 Charlotte Brontë and the anxious imagination DIANE LONG HOEVELER
6 The place of Pamela in Jane Eyre BETH LAU
7 "A more than masculine courage": idealism and social protest in Indiana and Jane Eyre CLOE LE GALL-SCOVILLE AND KARI LOKKE
8 Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and the personal politics of space CAROL SENF
PART III: Place(s)
9 The forest dell, the attic, and the moorland: animal places in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre DEBORAH DENENHOLZ MORSE
10 "How English is Lucy Snowe"?: pink frocks and a French clock in Jane Eyre and Villette JUDITH E. PIKE
11 Brontëan reveries of spaces and places: walking in Villette LUCY MORRISON
12 The "last home": death in the works of Charlotte Brontë CAROL MARGARET DAVISON
Diane Long Hoeveler is Emerita Professor of English at Marquette University, USA.
Deborah Denenholz Morse is Vera W. Barkley Term Professor of English at the College of William and Mary, USA.