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Time, Space, and Place in Charlotte Bronte

ISBN 9780367880927
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

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


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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.