Friday, March 02, 2007

Last Things

As we informed some time ago, Oxford University Press publishes these weeks Last Things. Emily Brontë's Poems by Janet Gezari.

Last Things. Emily Brontë's Poems
by Janet Gezari
ISBN-10: 0-19-929818-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-929818-1
Publication date: February 2007
200 pages, 6 b/w plates, 216x138 mm

Description

At present, Emily Brontë's poetry is more frequently celebrated than read. Ironically, the very uniqueness of her poems has made them less interesting to current feminist critics than other poems written by Victorian women. Last Things seeks to reinstate Emily Brontë's poems at the heart of Romantic and Victorian concerns while at the same time underlining their enduring relevance for readers today. It presents the poems as the achievement of a powerfully independent mind responding to her own inner experience of the world and seeking always an abrogation of human limits compatible with a stern morality. It develops Georges Bataille's insight that it doesn't matter whether Brontë had a mystical experience because she 'reached the very essence of such an experience'. Although the book does not discuss all of Brontë's poems, it seeks to be comprehensive by undertaking an analysis of individual poems, the progress she made from the beginning of her career as a poet to its end, her poetical fragments and her writing practice, and her motives for writing poetry. For admirers of Wuthering Heights , Last Things will bring the concerns and methods of the novel into sharper focus by relating them to the poems.

Contents
Introduction: And First
1. Last Things
2. Fathoming 'Remembrance'
3. Outcomes and Endings
4. Fragments
5. The First Last Thing
6. Posthumous Brontë
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Mark Thwaite said...
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I've just posted a great interview with Janet Gezari, author of Last Things, over on The Book Depository website:

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/viewarticle.php?type=interview&id=76

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