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'Emily Brontë' / Steven, Vine

The Literary Dictionary and Encyclopoedia

Swansea University Author: Steven, Vine

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The article introduces Emily Brontë’s biography and the formation and vicissitudes of her reputation. It begins by noting that the most enduring image of Brontë – as Romantic genius or native sibyl – was produced by her sister Charlotte just after her death, and that only in the later 20th century d...

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Published in: The Literary Dictionary and Encyclopoedia
Published: 2001
Online Access: http://www.literarydictionary.com
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa17989
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Abstract: The article introduces Emily Brontë’s biography and the formation and vicissitudes of her reputation. It begins by noting that the most enduring image of Brontë – as Romantic genius or native sibyl – was produced by her sister Charlotte just after her death, and that only in the later 20th century did critics and commentators appreciate fully the complexity and subtlety of Brontë’s engagement with genre, ideology, gender, literary tradition and the politics of culture. The article charts Brontë’s strategies of self-seclusion in her writing and her life, and reads them in terms of an unspoken demand for and preservation of liberty.
College: College of Arts and Humanities