Charlotte Brontë and Victorian Psychology: CHARLOTTE BRONTE & VICTORIAN P by Sally ShuttleworthCharlotte Brontë and Victorian Psychology: CHARLOTTE BRONTE & VICTORIAN P by Sally Shuttleworth

Charlotte Brontë and Victorian Psychology: CHARLOTTE BRONTE & VICTORIAN P

bySally ShuttleworthEditorGillian Beer

Paperback | December 16, 2004

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This ground-breaking study successfully challenges the traditional tendency to regard Charlotte Brontë as having existed in a historical vacuum. Using texts ranging from local newspapers to medical tomes belonging to the Brontës, Sally Shuttleworth explores Victorian constructions of psychology, sexuality and insanity, and traces the ways in which Charlotte Brontë's texts operate in relation to this complex framework. Shuttleworth offers a reading of Brontë's fiction informed by a new understanding of the psychological debates of her time.
Title:Charlotte Brontë and Victorian Psychology: CHARLOTTE BRONTE & VICTORIAN PFormat:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:December 16, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521617170

ISBN - 13:9780521617178

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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 Brontës 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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"There is a great deal of fine, truly historical work here and also attractive fictions of interpretation of history and Brontë's work, all also displaying a very creative and original mind." John Maynard, Nineteenth-Century Literature