Last Things: Emily Brontes Poems

Paperback | July 24, 2008

byJanet Gezari

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Emily Bronte's poems are more frequently celebrated than read. Ironically, their very uniqueness and strangeness have made them less interesting to current feminist critics than other poetry written by Victorian women. This much-needed study reinstates Emily Bronte's poems at the heart ofRomantic and Victorian concerns while at the same time underlining their enduring relevance for readers today. Last Things presents the poems as the achievement of a powerfully independent mind responding to its own inner experience of the world while seeking always an abrogation of human limits compatible with a stern morality. Alhtough the book does not discuss all of Bronte's poems, it seeks to becomprehensive by undertaking an analysis of individual poems, the progress she made from the beginning of her career as a poet to its end, her poetical fragments and her writing practice, and her motives for writing poetry. Last Things also brings the emotions and concerns that inform WutheringHeights into sharper focus by relating them to the poems.

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Emily Bronte's poems are more frequently celebrated than read. Ironically, their very uniqueness and strangeness have made them less interesting to current feminist critics than other poetry written by Victorian women. This much-needed study reinstates Emily Bronte's poems at the heart ofRomantic and Victorian concerns while at the sam...

Janet Gezari is Lucy Marsh Haskell Professor English, Connecticut College

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.35 inPublished:July 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199543291

ISBN - 13:9780199543298

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Table of Contents

Introduction: And First1. Last Things2. Fathoming 'Remembrance'3. Outcomes and Endings4. Fragments5. The First Last Thing6. Posthumous Bronte

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"Last Things offers precise, beautifully observed close readings of Bronte's poetry in context that interweave Sigmund Freud and Georges Bataille with Romantic poetics and Victorian cultures of mourning."--Margaret Russett, Studies in English Literature