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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

The Bronte Sisters: 1847-48

Week 2: July 15-21, 2012

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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.


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers course tuition, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy $1,805, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy $1,867, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,085 (includes CAU evening events and the banquet but no other meals)

*If you stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, you will pay the hotel directly for your accommodations. Please call them at 607.266.0000 and request the CAU block.

NOTE: The Hilton is full for Week 4. Please see the Housing page for details about reserving a room at the Courtyard Marriott.

Commuter meal plan option: $350. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week.