Review - Villette at the West Yorkshire Playhouse - *Review by Richard Wilcocks* Charlotte Brontë’s *Villette*, which was recognised by knowledgeable readers in nineteenth century Brussels as a close parallel...
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Landscape and Gender in the Novels of Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Thomas HardyThe way in which cultural geographers have understood and defined landscape in the last decades has been a subject of considerable critical agitation in recent times. Competing and sometimes opposed approaches have been proposed particularly starting in the last third of the last century. The very nature of landscape studies is interdisciplinary and cultural geographers have both drawn from - and contributed to articulate - landscape readings based on art history, visual theory, anthropology, literary studies, psychoanalysis feminism, post-colonialism, you name it... Most of the times the competing nature of the different approaches is no more than a mirage and the different readings complement or re-explain the same reality from different angles.
The Body of Nature
Series : The Nineteenth Century Series
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will develop various of these aspects of landscape writing, [even explore new ones], but neither over such a range.Both books are extensively discussed and many of the usual suspects of recent criticism reappear addressed in this particular context. Citing just two examples, Rochester's allusions to West Indies landscapes are seen as foreign and thus immoral, as any good post-colonialist would say and the Ferndean Manor final section of Jane Eyre is analysed under a Freudian prism with masculine phallic trees predating the feminine enclosure...
to the reduction of female characters to 'nature', animal or vegetable.Besides the chapters on George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, the book ends with a conclusion which aptly rhymes with the introduction, putting together several of the questions explored in depth in the chapters devoted to each writer, but here connecting the views and generating a satisfactory sensation of completitude and coherence.