The Brontës and Education by Marianne ThormählenThe Brontës and Education by Marianne Thormählen

The Brontës and Education

byMarianne Thormählen

Paperback | July 21, 2011

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All the seven Brontë novels are concerned with education in both senses, that of upbringing as well as that of learning. The Brontë sisters all worked as teachers before they became published novelists. In spite of the prevalence of education in the sisters' lives and fiction, however, this is the first full-length book on the subject. Marianne Thormählen explores how their representations of fictional teachers and schools engage with the intense debates on education in the nineteenth century, drawing on a wealth of documentary evidence about educational theory and practice in the lifetime of the Brontës. This study offers much new information both about the Brontës and their books and about the most urgent issue in early nineteenth-century British social politics: the education of the people, of all classes and both sexes.
Title:The Brontës and EducationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:July 21, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521155614

ISBN - 13:9780521155618

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Education and Society: 1. The education of the people; 2. The improvement of the mind; Part II. Home and School: 3. Household education versus school training; 4. Parents and children; 5. Professional educators in the home; 6. Schools and schooling; Part III. Subjects and Skills: 7. A sound English education; 8. Religion and education; 9. The accomplishments; 10. Male and female education; 11. Beyond the schoolroom: reading and the Brontës; Part IV. Strategies and Methods: 12. Pedagogical purposes and principles; 13. Schoolroom practices; Part V. Originality and Freedom: 14. Docility and originality; 15. Liberty and responsibility; Select bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Thormählen's prose is lucid yet sophisticated, each paragraph redolent with pithy thoughts and new twists on familiar truths [...] There is much to admire in this enjoyable book...a deeply satisfying work that enriches our appreciation of the Brontës and their world."
-Bob Duckett, Modern Philology