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'The Wuther of the Other in "Wuthering Heights"' / Steven, Vine

Nineteenth-Century Literature, Volume: 49, Issue: 3, Pages: 339 - 359

Swansea University Author: Steven, Vine

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The essay offers a reading of 'Wuthering Heights' that con¬siders aspects of the novel’s metaphor of ‘wuthering.’ It shows how 'Wuthering Heights' is about instability on multiple levels, specifically in relation to its presentation of subjectivity and desire. The essay argues th...

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Published in: Nineteenth-Century Literature
Published: 1994
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa17975
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Abstract: The essay offers a reading of 'Wuthering Heights' that con¬siders aspects of the novel’s metaphor of ‘wuthering.’ It shows how 'Wuthering Heights' is about instability on multiple levels, specifically in relation to its presentation of subjectivity and desire. The essay argues that the novel stages the incursion of ‘otherness’ into the literary modes on which it draws, and into the constituted structures of the Victorian world – introducing a ‘wuthering’ into stable cultural forms and deconstituting bourgeois subjectivities with the force of derangement and delirium. In this latter connec¬tion, the essay draws on the work of psychoanalytic theorist Julia Kristeva to show how the text’s ‘wuthering’ follows a logic of delirious desire.
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 3
Start Page: 339
End Page: 359