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Brontë Discussion Group2. In Conwy, UK
Smith Art Gallery
Angela Smith will lead a discussion group in the spring on Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering Heights.
The weekly group will meet four times, on Wednesdays at 12 noon in the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, beginning on Wednesday 3 April and then the 10,17 and 24th April.
Talks at The Royal Cambrian Academy3. In Sydney, Australia:
Friday, April 5th at 7pm
Dr Stephen Colclough (Senior Lecturer, School of English, Bangor University).
'Picturing the Brontës'.
This talk will begin by looking at the most famous representations of the sisters, the so-called 'Pillar Portrait' and damaged 'Gun Group', both painted by their brother Branwell in 1834, before moving on to examine other visual and written portraits from the Victorian period.
It will suggest that both Charlotte Brontë's prefaces to the novels and Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Brontë have been particularly influential in promoting a myth of the sisters as remote and romantic figures that is then often projected onto novels such as Emily's Wuthering Heights. By re-examining the way in which Charlotte presents herself in her prefaces and letters this talk will help to unearth an unfamiliar vision of the sisters as professional authors.
Australian Brontë Association - 6 April 10:30am
Dr Michael Giffin – Jane Eyre as Bildungsroman
Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
There is a relationship between the novel that explores the heroine's development (bildungsroman) and the intellectual, cultural, moral, and political spirit of the age in which she lives (zeitgeist). Jane Austen's definition of maturity is more neoclassical and influenced by Locke’s Enlightenment definition of human understanding. Charlotte Brontë’s definition of maturity is more romantic and influenced by Hegel’s post-Enlightenment definition of human relationships. This talk looks at Jane Eyre as bildungsroman within the Hegelian zeitgeist of Brontë’s age.