Charlotte Bronte and Victorian Psychology

Charlotte Bronte and Victorian Psychology

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This innovative and critically acclaimed study successfully challenges the traditional view that Charlotte Bronte existed in a historical vacuum, by setting her work firmly within the context of Victorian psychological debate. Based on extensive local research, using texts ranging from local newspaper copy to the medical tomes in the Reverend Patrick Bronte's library, Sally Shuttleworth explores the interpenetration of economic, social, and psychological discourse in the early and mid-nineteenth century, and traces the ways in which Charlotte Bronte's texts operate in relation to this complex, often contradictory, discursive framework. Shuttleworth offers a detailed analysis of Bronte's fiction, informed by a new understanding of Victorian constructions of sexuality and insanity, and the operations of medical and psychological surveillance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 450g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises; 1 Halftones, unspecified
  • 0521617170
  • 9780521617178
  • 1,149,512

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Psychological Discourse in the Victorian Era: 1. The art of surveillance; 2. The Haworth context; 3. Insanity and selfhood; 4. Reading the mind: physiognomy and phrenology; 5. The female bodily economy; Part II. Charlotte Brontes Fiction: 6. The early writings: penetrating power; 7. The Professor: 'the art of self-control'; 8. Jane Eyre: 'lurid hieroglyphics'; 9. Shirley: bodies and markets; 10. Villette: 'the surveillance of a sleepless eye'; Conclusion; Notes; Index.
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'Invokes primary sources to explode any persistent myths that Bronte lived in a cultural vacuum.' New Scientist 'An excellent, illuminating book.' Rick Rylance '[This] has made a major contribution to Bronte studies and indicated the way forward for further studies of Bronte's work within Victorian cultural debate.' Christine Alexander, Australasian Victorian Studies Journal 'An assured and original contributuion to the ever-expanding field of Bronte scholarship.' Anarchist Studies 'An impressive, densely-argued book.' Journal of Victorian Culture
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