Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights

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Charting a careful course through the bewildering profusion of material on Wuthering Heights, this Guide offers synopses of and excerpts from critical responses to the novel from the time of publication to the present day, supplemented by the most comprehensive bibliography currently available. Opening with a chapter on how Emily Brontë's masterpiece was received in the nineteenth century, the Guide links together a selection of extracts that demonstrate the major critical developments of the twentieth century --...

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Overview

Charting a careful course through the bewildering profusion of material on Wuthering Heights, this Guide offers synopses of and excerpts from critical responses to the novel from the time of publication to the present day, supplemented by the most comprehensive bibliography currently available. Opening with a chapter on how Emily Brontë's masterpiece was received in the nineteenth century, the Guide links together a selection of extracts that demonstrate the major critical developments of the twentieth century -- from humanism through formalism to deconstruction. Within this general framework, subsequent chapters focus on psychoanalytic readings, source studies, readings using discourse theory, work on dissemination, and political readings from Marxist, postcolonialist, and feminist points of view.

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A guide to and excerpts from the critical commentary on the only novel this particular Bront<:e> (1818-48) published. Stoneman (English, U. of Hull) arranges the commentary into sections on Victorian responses: power, propriety, and poetry; the rise and fall of the author: humanism, formalism, deconstruction; psychoanalysis: uncovering the unconscious; sources, discourses, disseminations; and political readings: Marxism, postcolonialism, feminism. Paper edition (unseen), $14.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231119214
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/17/1999
  • Series: Columbia Critical Guides Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Patsy Stoneman teaches at Hall University

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

A Note on Sources and References 6
Introduction 9
Ch. 1 Victorian Responses: Power, Propriety and Poetry 11
Ch. 2 The Rise and Fall of the Author: Humanism, Formalism, Deconstruction 32
Ch. 3 Psychoanalysis: Uncovering the Unconscious 84
Ch. 4 Sources, Discourses, Disseminations 107
Ch. 5 Political Readings: Marxism, Postcolonialism, Feminism 135
Notes 184
A Brief Guide to Further Reading 187
Bibliography 189
Acknowledgements 201
Index 202
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