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‘Entirely bewildered’: Villette and History (1)

Heather Glen

in Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272556
eISBN:
9780191699627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272556.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

After the expansive social landscape and the flexible third-person narrative of Shirley, Villette seems oppressively constricted. Here, more extremely than in any of Charlotte Brontë's previous ... More


The Terrible Handwriting: Shirley

Heather Glen

in Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272556
eISBN:
9780191699627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272556.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In one sense, the ‘parallels’ between inarticulate private suffering and public official history are writ large in Shirley. This, it has seemed, is Charlotte Brontë's attempt to write a ... More


Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History

Heather Glen

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272556
eISBN:
9780191699627
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272556.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This study of Charlotte Brontë's novels draws on original research in a range of early Victorian writings, on subjects ranging from women's day-dreaming to sanitary reform, from the Great Exhibition ... More


Introduction

Heather Glen

in Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272556
eISBN:
9780191699627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272556.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book explores Charlotte Brontë's novels and the feelings they continue to stir in her readers. For generations, Brontë's novels have stirred their readers to intense and passionate response. ... More


The Mighty Phantasm

Heather Glen

in Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272556
eISBN:
9780191699627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272556.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In 1829, at the age of twelve, Charlotte Brontë began to write a ‘history’. The document still survives at Haworth Parsonage — a blotted scrawl on scrap paper, erratically punctuated and spelled. The ... More


The Hyena's Laughter: Lucretia and Jane Eyre

Helen Small

in Love's Madness: Medicine, the Novel, and Female Insanity, 1800-1865

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184911
eISBN:
9780191674396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184911.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Bulwer–Lytton's Lucretia is the grim story of a woman's downward spiral from immorality into insanity. Lucretia Clavering, a clever but corrupt English girl, is disinherited by her uncle when he is ... More


Passion and Pathology in Victorian Fiction

Jane Wood

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187608
eISBN:
9780191674723
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187608.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In what was once described as ‘the century of nerves’, a fascination with the mysterious processes governing physical and psychological states was shared by medical and fiction writers alike. This ... More


Nervous Sensibility and Ideals of Manliness

Jane Wood

in Passion and Pathology in Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187608
eISBN:
9780191674723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187608.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Nervous dreads are a characteristic feature of a condition known as ‘hypochondriasis’. Among the educated classes, ‘mental exertion and fatigue, or prolonged or overstrained attention and devotion to ... More


‘Calculated abruptness’: The Professor

Heather Glen

in Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272556
eISBN:
9780191699627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272556.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The Professor was written alongside Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey, as one of ‘three distinct and unconnected tales’ with which the erstwhile Genii of Glass Town hoped to enter ... More


“There Is No Friend like a Sister”: Sisterhood as Sexual difference

Helena Michie

in Sororophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and Culture

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195073874
eISBN:
9780199855223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195073874.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

The chapter begins with a recounting of Willing and Rae's dramatization of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, which contains a subplot with sororophobic themes that is common in the literature of the era. ... More


Julia Kavanagh

Eileen Fauset

in The Politics of Writing: Julia Kavanagh, 1824-77

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719055577
eISBN:
9781781702222
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719055577.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter introduces Julia Kavanagh, one of many women writers of the nineteenth century who are now largely unknown. It first presents some background information on her early life, and then ... More


Petted Things: Cruelty and Sympathy in the Brontës

Ivan Kreilkamp

in Minor Creatures: Persons, Animals, and the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226576237
eISBN:
9780226576404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226576404.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter argues that the early novels of the Brontë sisters were written in conversation with an emerging set of social, political, and philosophical questions regarding the human treatment of ... More


Mutuality, Marriage, and Charlotte Brontë’s Free Traders

Ayşe Çelikkol

in Romances of Free Trade: British Literature, Laissez-Faire, and the Global Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199769001
eISBN:
9780199896943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769001.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Charlotte Brontë’s fiction explores the internalization of commercial ideals of reciprocity. Brontë’s posthumously published first novel, The Professor (comp. 1846), addresses the clash between ... More


Introduction

Henry Staten

in Spirit Becomes Matter: The Brontes, George Eliot, Nietzsche

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780748694587
eISBN:
9781474400916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694587.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

I: Victorian Physio-Psychology and Nietzsche Describes the spread of the new materialist mental science (“physio-psychology”) in England in the mid-Victorian period, as described by such scholars as ... More


‘[P]assionate, magnificent prose’: Tracing the Brontës in the Friendship and Writings of Elizabeth von Arnim and Katherine Mansfield

Charlotte Fiehn

in Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth von Arnim

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474454438
eISBN:
9781474477123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454438.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Like many of their contemporaries Elizabeth von Arnim and Katherine Mansfield read and admired the works of the Brontë sisters, particularly Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1847) and Charlotte ... More


Charlotte Brontë: Legacies and Afterlives

Amber K. Regis and Deborah Wynne (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781784992460
eISBN:
9781526128317
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784992460.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Charlotte Brontë: Legacies and afterlives examines the persistent fascination and creative engagement with Charlotte Brontë’s life and work in the context of the bicentenary of her birth. The essays ... More


Epilogue

Heather Glen

in Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272556
eISBN:
9780191699627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272556.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

It has come to be customary to read Villette as the story of Lucy Snowe: a self-defensive character, a ‘constitutionally nervous’ individual, ‘a nobody and a somebody’, an exemplary figure of ... More


First Person: Charlotte Brontë’s Suspended Animation

Elisha Cohn

in Still Life: Suspended Development in the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190250041
eISBN:
9780190250065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250041.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter argues that Charlotte Brontë’s first-person novel Villette (1853) challenges the structure of the Bildungsroman by invoking yet disregarding phrenology’s discourse of self-culture. ... More


Wuthering Heights and the Rhetoric of Interpretation

Michael Macovski

in Dialogue and Literature: Apostrophe, Auditors, and the Collapse of Romantic Discourse

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195069655
eISBN:
9780199855186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195069655.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter provides an analysis of Charlotte Bronte's Wuthering Heights and the opposing schools of thought regarding the novel's interpretation. Traditional readings of the book yield allegories ... More


A Space of “unwonted liberty and pleasure”: Charlotte Brontë’s Treatment of Gardens in the Bildungsromans of Jane Eyre and Lucy Snowe

Louise Willis

in Gendered Ecologies: New Materialist Interpretations of Women Writers in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781949979046
eISBN:
9781789629705
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781949979046.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Gardening and botany emerged as independent and stimulating pursuits permitted, and even encouraged, for women, in the nineteenth century. Drawing on the cultural history of these pursuits, this ... More


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