The Brontes in Context

The Brontes in Context

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Very few families produce one outstanding writer. The Bronte family produced three. The works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne remain immensely popular, and are increasingly being studied in relation to the surroundings and wider context that formed them. The forty-two new essays in this book tell 'the Bronte story' as it has never been told before, drawing on the latest research and the best available scholarship while offering new perspectives on the writings of the sisters. A section on Bronte criticism traces their reception to the present day. The works of the sisters are explored in the context of social, political and cultural developments in early-nineteenth-century Britain, with attention given to religion, education, art, print culture, agriculture, law and medicine. Crammed with information, The Brontes in Context shows how the Brontes' fiction interacts with the spirit of the time, suggesting reasons for its enduring fascination.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 29 b/w illus.
  • 1139847627
  • 9781139847629

Table of contents

Chronology; Introduction Marianne Thormahlen; Part I. Places, Persons and Publishing: 1. Haworth in the time of the Brontes Michael Baumber; 2. Domestic life at Haworth Parsonage Ann Dinsdale; 3. Northern-England locations associated with the Brontes' lives and works Ann Dinsdale; 4. The father of the Brontes Dudley Green; 5. A mother and her substitutes: Maria Bronte (nee Branwell), Elizabeth Branwell and Margaret Wooler Bob Duckett; 6. Patrick Branwell Bronte Victor A. Neufeldt; 7. Charlotte Bronte Dinah Birch; 8. Emily Bronte Lyn Pykett; 9. Anne Bronte Maria Frawley; 10. Friends, servants and a husband Stephen Whitehead; 11. The Brontes' sibling bonds Drew Lamonica Arms; 12. Juvenilia Christine Alexander; 13. The Brussels experience Sue Lonoff; 14. The Bronte correspondence Margaret Smith; 15. Portraits of the Brontes Jane Sellars; 16. The poetry of the Brontes Janet Gezari; 17. Literary influences on the Brontes Sara J. Lodge; 18. The Brontes' way into print Linda H. Peterson; 19. Reading the Brontes: their first audiences Stephen Colclough; Part II. Scholarship, Criticism, Adaptations and Translations: 20. Bronte biography: a survey of a genre Tom Winnifrith; 21. Mid-nineteenth-century critical responses to the Brontes Miriam Elizabeth Burstein; 22. Bronte scholarship and criticism, 1920-70 Herbert Rosengarten; 23. Bronte scholarship and criticism, approx. 1970-2000 Sara J. Lodge; 24. Current trends in Bronte criticism and scholarship Alexandra Lewis; 25. Adaptations, prequels, sequels, translations Patsy Stoneman; Part III. Historical and Cultural Contexts: 26. Religion David Jasper; 27. The philosophical-intellectual context Stephen Prickett; 28. Education Dinah Birch; 29. Art and music Christine Alexander; 30. Natural history Barbara T. Gates; 31. Politics Simon Avery; 32. Newspapers and magazines Joanne Shattock; 33. Agriculture and industry Marianne Thormahlen with Steven Wood; 34. Transport and travel Edward Chitham; 35. Law Ian Ward; 36. Class Elizabeth Langland; 37. Careers for middle-class women Elizabeth Langland; 38. Marriage and family life Marianne Thormahlen; 39. Dress Birgitta Berglund; 40. Sexuality Jill L. Matus; 41. Physical health Janis McLarren Caldwell; 42. Mental health Janis McLarren Caldwell; Further reading; Index.
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'General readers will enjoy it as much as Bronte students and fans, and its careful avoidance of anything too topical or controversial will keep it fresh for years. Thormahlen's high quality contributors, assembly of reliable facts and data, pertinent commentary, maps, illustrations, splendid chronology and further reading lists make it everything that one could wish for.' Claire Harman, The Times Literary Supplement
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