Charlotte Bronti'A: The Imagination in History

Charlotte Bronti'A: The Imagination in History

by Heather Glen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199272557

ISBN-13: 9780199272556

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This stimulating study of Charlotte Bronte's novels draws on extensive original research in a range of early Victorian writings, on subjects from women's day-dreaming to sanitary reform, from the Great Exhibition to early Victorian religious thought. It is not, however, merely a study of context. Through a close consideration of the ways in which Bronte's novels

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This stimulating study of Charlotte Bronte's novels draws on extensive original research in a range of early Victorian writings, on subjects from women's day-dreaming to sanitary reform, from the Great Exhibition to early Victorian religious thought. It is not, however, merely a study of context. Through a close consideration of the ways in which Bronte's novels engage with the thinking of their time, it offers a powerful argument for the 'literary' as a distinctive mode of intelligence, and reveals a Charlotte Bronte more alert to her historical moment and far more aesthetically sophisticated than she has usually been taken to be. The study will be of interest not only to students of Victorian literature and society, but also to those literary critics and theorists who are beginning to reconsider the nature of the aesthetic and its relation to ideology.

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ISBN-13:
9780199272556
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsxi
Introduction1
1.The Mighty Phantasm5
2.'Calculated abruptness': The Professor33
3.Triumph and Jeopardy: The Shape of Jane Eyre50
4.'Dreadful to me': Jane Eyre and History (1)65
5.'Incident, life, fire, feeling': Jane Eyre and History (2)96
6.The Terrible Handwriting: Shirley144
7.'Entirely bewildered': Villette and History (1)197
8.The Prism of Pain: Villette and History (2)251
Epilogue285
Bibliography289
Index309

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