The Bronte Sisters: 1847-48
Week 2: July 15-21, 2012
In part lulled by Hollywood, we recall Charlotte's Jane Eyre and Emily's Wuthering Heights as great love stories—Cathy and Heathcliff, plain Jane and Mr. Rochester—repressing just how radically unsettling they are, how teeming with rage and eroticized violence. Like their authors, the novels are studies in contrast: both Romantic and Victorian, feminine and masculine, revolutionary and reactionary, atavistic and ultramodern. Each combines the most anarchic of emotions within ironclad aesthetic control, perhaps reflecting such wrenching social, economic, and political changes of the "Hungry Forties" as the triumph of free trade, the earliest stirrings of a women's movement, the floods of Irish immigration, and the European revolutions in 1848. Were the Brontës dreamy eccentrics or shrewd social realists, "natural" geniuses or self-conscious artists? We will untangle autobiography from art and myth from reality as we set the sisters back into the context of their time.
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