Wuthering Heights: A Study

Wuthering Heights: A Study


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Wuthering Heights: A Study by U.C. Knoepflmacher

Wuthering Heights at once fascinates and frustrates the reader with the highly charged, passionate and problematic relationships it portrays. This study provides a key to the text by examining the temporal and narrative rhythms through which Brontë presents the dualities by which we commonly define our selfhood: child and adult, female and male, symbiosis and separateness, illogic and common sense, classlessness and classboundedness, play and power, free will and determinism. The novel’s concern with unitary and fragmentary selves has romantic antecedents in DeQuincey and Shelley and in Charlotte Brontë’s figuration of Emily as a lost other self. This concern is, in turn, reflected in the “after-life” of the text in the work of later artists such as George Eliot, Lawrence, Buñuel, and Truffaut.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821410783
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 06/15/1994
Edition description: 1
Pages: 169
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

The internal chronologyxxix
1Entering Wuthering Heights1
The context of 18501
Charlotte Bronte's "Editor's Preface"5
The reader and Mr Lockwood10
Lockwood, language, and the feminine18
The Romantics and Emily Bronte26
2The narrative structures of Wuthering Heights39
Order and instability39
Lineage and non-lineage42
Chronologies and deviations47
The order of telling52
Location and dislocation59
The rhythms of repetition63
3The meanings of Wuthering Heights70
The dialectics of power70
Fantasy/play and sexual maturation82
Brothers and sisters90
Sister and brother99
4The after-life of Wuthering Heights106
Unquiet ghosts106
Victorian domestications108
A fable for modernists119
Guide to further reading128

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