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Women Reviewing Women in Nineteenth-Century BritainThe study of gender in the Victorian novel has been the subject of much interest in the last decades. The Brontës both as challengers of the gender traditional boundaries and at the same time participants in the gender roles and rules which characterise their sociocultural environment have also been in the critical epicentre of this research.
The Critical Reception of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot
* Imprint: Ashgate
* Series : The Nineteenth Century Series
* Published: April 2010
* Format: 234 x 156 mm
* Extent: 194 pages
* Binding: Hardback
* ISBN: 978-0-7546-6336-2
I would also argue that Emily Brontë, via both her writings and what was published about her life, came across as too unusual a person to be easily discussed, either then or now, in terms of the nineteenth-century conceptions of gender that concern me here(3).From a Brontë perspective(4), we can highlight Sara Coleridge's legitimate surprise discovering Currer Bell was a woman. Her perception of gender was somewhat agitated in discovering that the novel that she has admired previously for her masculine qualities was written by a woman. This dicotomy of masculine-feminine traits in literature becomes a common framework in which nineteenth-century reviewers seem to feel completely at ease.