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Charlotte Bronte : Critical Issues - Carl Plasa

Charlotte Bronte

Critical Issues

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The writings of Charlotte Brontë - a member of one of the great literary families - have inspired, fascinated and moved readers ever since their first publication in the mid-nineteenth century. In this new study, Carl Plasa elaborates a series of textually focused, historically grounded and theoretically informed analyses of the full range of the author's texts. As well as providing original readings of Brontë's four best known novels - The Professor, Jane Eyre, Shirley and Villette - attention is given to less familiar and critically neglected areas of Brontë's work, such as the Ashanti narratives, the poetry and the Belgian essays of the early 1840s. Charlotte Brontë's work has undergone a significant reassessment from a postcolonial critical perspective in recent years. By examining Brontë's textual production from its exuberant and experimental beginnings to the formal complexity of Villette, her last completed novel, Plasa offers what is the most comprehensive exploration to date of the shifts in the writer's engagement with the question of colonialism. In so doing, he brings to light the subtle relationships of continuity and transformation between the earlier and later stages of Brontë's literary career and demonstrates the extent to which that career was sparked and driven by her 'colonial imagination'.

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
'Mingled Gold and Iron': Miscegenation in the Ashanti Narrativesp. 1
'Climes Remote and Strange': Colonialism in the Poetry and Belgian Essaysp. 29
'Mixed up in Foreign Hodge-Podge': Slavery and Sexuality in The Professorp. 55
'Incongruous Unions': Slavery and the Politics of Metaphor in Jane Eyrep. 79
'Shamrocks and Potatoes': Embodying the Irish Famine in Shirleyp. 100
'A Thing Double-Existent': Foreigners and Slaves in Villettep. 125
Conclusionp. 152
Notesp. 156
Select Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9780333922477
ISBN-10: 0333922476
Series: Critical Issues
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.1  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1