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In early nineteenth-century Yorkshire, the passionate attachment between a headstrong young girl and a foundling boy brought up by her father causes disaster for them and many others, even in the next...
In early nineteenth-century Yorkshire, the passionate attachment between a headstrong young girl and a foundling boy brought up by her father causes disaster for them and many others, even in the next generation. Includes explanatory notes throughout the text, an introduction discussing the author and the background of the story, and a study guide.
|About the series|
|About this volume|
|Pt. 1||Wuthering heights : the complete text in cultural context|
|Introduction : biographical and historical contexts||3|
|The complete text (1847)||15|
|Cultural documents and illustrations||289|
|The regional context: Haworth, Yorkshire, and the Moors||292|
|The political context : the women's movement||295|
|The historical context : the Irish potato famine||302|
|Imperial and racial contexts : models for Heathcliff||316|
|The legal context : English inheritance laws||324|
|Pt. 2||Wuthering Heights : a case study in contemporary criticism|
|A critical history of Wuthering Heights||333|
|Psychoanalytic criticism and Wuthering Heights||348|
|What is psychoanalytic criticism?||348|
|Psychoanalytic criticism : a selected bibliography||359|
|The absent mother in Wuthering Heights||364|
|Marxist criticism and Wuthering Heights||379|
|What is Marxist criticism?||379|
|Marxist criticism : a selected bibliography||391|
|Myths of power : a Marxist study on Wuthering Heights||394|
|Cultural criticism and Wuthering Heights||411|
|What is cultural criticism?||411|
|Cultural criticism : a selected bibliography||424|
|Imperialist nostalgia and Wuthering Heights||430|
|Feminist criticism and Wuthering Heights||451|
|What is feminist criticism?||451|
|Feminist criticism : a selected bibliography||459|
|Changing the names : the two Catherines||468|
|Combining perspectives on Wuthering Heights||478|
|From "your father was emperor of China, and your mother an Indian queen" : reverse imperialism in Wuthering Heights||480|
|Glossary of critical and theoretical terms||503|
|About the contributors||530|
1. To what extent do you think the setting of the novel contributes to, or informs, what takes place? Do you think the moors are a character in their own right? How do you interpret Bronte's view of nature and the landscape?
2. Discuss Emily Bronte's careful attention to a rigid timeline and the role of the novel as a sober historical document. How is this significant, particularly in light of the turbulent action within? What other contrasts within the novel strike you, and why? How are these contrasts important, and how do they play out in the novel?
3. Do you think the novel is a tale of redemption, despair, or both? Discuss the novel's meaning to you. Do you think the novel's moral content dictates one choice over the other?
4. Do you think Bronte succeeds in creating three-dimensional figures in
Heathcliff and Cathy, particularly given their larger-than-life metaphysical passion? Why or why not?
5. Discuss Bronte's use of twos: Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange; two families, each with two children; two couples (Catherine and Edgar, and Heathcliff and Isabella); two narrators; the doubling-up of names. What is Bronte's intention here? Discuss.
6. How do Mr. Lockwood and Nelly Dean influence the story as narrators? Do you think they are completely reliable observers? What does Bronte want us to believe?
7. Discuss the role of women in Wuthering Heights. Is their depiction typical of Bronte's time, or not? Do you think Bronte's characterizations of women mark her as a pioneer ahead of her time or not?
8. Who or what does Heathcliff represent in the novel? Is he a force of evil or a victim of it?How important is the role of class in the novel, particularly as it relates to Heathcliff and his life?