Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights

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Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights took the literary world by storm when it was published in 1847. There had never been a novel like it, and it continues to cast a powerful spell over readers to this day. This book takes extracts and examines them in close detail to explore how Brontë achieves her effects and to inquire into the significance of her characters and fable. The reader is taught to explore and appreciate the love-tragedy of Catherine and Heathcliff, the resonant images and symbols of the text, and the ...
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Overview

Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights took the literary world by storm when it was published in 1847. There had never been a novel like it, and it continues to cast a powerful spell over readers to this day. This book takes extracts and examines them in close detail to explore how Brontë achieves her effects and to inquire into the significance of her characters and fable. The reader is taught to explore and appreciate the love-tragedy of Catherine and Heathcliff, the resonant images and symbols of the text, and the complex way the story is told.

Author Biography: Nicholas Marsh is the author of three previous books in the Analysing Texts Series: Shakespeare: The Tragedies, Virginia Woolf: The Novels, and Jane Austen: The Novels.

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Takes a practical but not unsophisticated approach to the process of understanding literary works, closely examining extracts of the novel to explore how Bront<:e> achieves her effects and to discover the layers of meaning in her characters, their conflicts, and the novel's images and symbols. Of likely interest to introductory college level readers and anyone seeking to understand critical literary analysis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312223762
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Analysing Texts Series
  • Pages: 249
  • Product dimensions: 5.61 (w) x 8.73 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Marsh is the author of three previous books in the Analysing Texts Series: Shakespeare: The Tragedies, Virginia Woolf: The Novels, and Jane Austen: The Novels.

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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface x
A Note on Editions xi
Part 1 Analysing Wuthering Heights
1 The Narrative Frame 3
Narrators 5
[a] Lockwood 5
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 4-6 5
[b] Nelly Dean 11
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 164-7 11
[c] Other Narrators 19
Heathcliff. Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 148-9 19
Isabella. Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 178-9 23
A 'Dramatic' Work 26
Conclusions 30
Methods of Analysis 31
Suggested Work 33
2 Characterisation 34
Secondary Characters 35
Joseph 35
Hindley Earnshaw 36
Heathcliff 39
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 285-8 40
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 320-2 52
Catherine 62
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 122-4 62
Concluding Discussion 70
Psychology and Character in Wuthering Heights 70
Heathcliff, Catherine and Wuthering Heights 72
Methods of Analysis 76
Suggested Work 77
3 Imagery and Symbols 78
Imagery 78
Example: 'foliage' and 'rocks' 79
Example: 'Devil daddy' 84
Symbolism 88
Example: Penistone Craggs 89
Example: Isabella's dog 91
Example: Gardening at the Heights 99
Conclusions 103
Methods of Analysis 104
Suggested Work 105
4 Structure in Wuthering Heights 106
Time 107
Families and Social 'Structure' 112
Structure in the Setting 118
Conclusions 124
Methods of Analysis 125
Suggested Work 126
5 Themes 127
Lockwood's Dreams 129
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 22-6 129
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 158-60 146
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 310-11 151
Absolutes and Limitations 154
Concluding Discussion 160
Methods of Analysis 161
Suggested Work 162
6 Conclusions to Part 1 164
Wuthering Heights: What Sort of a Novel is it? 164
How to Study Wuthering Heights 170
Formulating your ideas as questions to ask of the text 171
Using summaries 172
Studying the 'Structure' and 'Themes' of Wuthering Heights 172
Part 2 The Context and the Critics
7 Emily Bronte's Life and Works 177
Emily Bronte's Life 177
Emily Bronte's Works 187
The poems 188
8 The Place of Wuthering Heights in English Literature 194
The 'Gothic' in Wuthering Heights 195
'Modernist' Novels 197
Wuthering Heights and Tragedy 200
Wuthering Heights and the Development of Setting 204
Concluding Discussion 207
9 A Sample of Critical Views 208
David Cecil 209
Terry Eagleton 213
Sandra Gilbert 219
Further Reading 227
Index 232
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