Charlotte Bronte: The Imagination in History

Paperback | August 30, 2004

byHeather Glen

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This stimulating study of Charlotte Bronte'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 studyof context. Through a close consideration of the ways in which Bronte'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 Bronte more alert to her historical moment and far more aestheticallysophisticated 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 stimulating study of Charlotte Bronte'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 studyof context. Through a close consideration of...

Heather Glen is a Senior Lecturer, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:August 30, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199272557

ISBN - 13:9780199272556

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The mighty phantasm2. 'Calculated abruptness': The Professor3. Triumph and jeopardy: the shape of Jane Eyre4. 'Dreadful to me': Jane Eyre and history (1)5. 'Incident, life, fire, feeling': Jane Eyre and history (2)6. The terrible handwriting: Shirley7. 'Entirely bewildered': Villette and history (1)8. 'The prism of pain': Villette and history (2)EpilogueIndex

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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."