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Charlotte Bronte : The Imagination in History - Heather Glen

Charlotte Bronte

The Imagination in History

Paperback Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9780199272556
Number Of Pages: 314

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This stimulating study of Charlotte Brontë's novels draws on extensive original research in a range of early Victorian writings, on subjects ranging from women's day-dreaming to sanitary reform, from the Great Exhibition to early Victorian religious thought. It is not, however, merely a study of context. Through a close consideration of the ways in which Brontë's novels engage with the thinking of their time, it offers a powerful argument for the 'literary' as a distinctive mode of intelligence, and reveals a Charlotte Brontë more alert to her historical moment and far more aesthetically sophisticated than she has usually been taken to be. The study will be of interest not only to students of Victorian literature and society, but also to those literary critics and theorists who are beginning to reconsider the nature of the aesthetic and its relation to ideology.

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"This groundbreaking study meticulously documents that Bronte's juvenilia and fiction reflect both her sophisticated literary intelligence and early Victorian cultural phenomena more pervasively than hitherto recognized."--Choice

"Sure to be influential in Brontë studies, it is shrewdly comparative, casting each novel against the rest to illuminate the edges of each; it is well-researched and often movingly written."--Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

Introduction 1: The mighty phantasm 2: 'Calculated abruptness': The Professor 3: Triumph and jeopardy: the shape of Jane Eyre 4: 'Dreadful to me': Jane Eyre and history (1) 5: 'Incident, life, fire, feeling': Jane Eyre and history (2) 6: The terrible handwriting: Shirley 7: 'Entirely bewildered': Villette and history (1) 8: 'The prism of pain': Villette and history (2) Epilogue Index

ISBN: 9780199272556
ISBN-10: 0199272557
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 1st May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 15.7  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.52