Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017 4:30 am by M. in ,    No comments
New Brontë-related scholar work:

Folklore and Identity in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights
Amy Wilson
Under the Direction of Lindsey Eckert, PhD
Georgia State University, Department of English, 2017

Charlotte and Emily Brontë both incorporate folk traditions into their novels, which help define and complicate notions of class and identity in their work. This thesis examines the folklore of the novels, including customs, folktales, and material folk culture, and explores how these elements work within the worlds created by the Brontës. While scholars such as Micael Clarke, Lauren Lepow, and Heta Pyrhönen have established the presence of folk tale, ballad, and supernatural motifs in the Brontës’ work, few have discussed the ways in which folk culture, in particular, underscores the notions of class and identity.
Rewriting Pathological Passion: Voices from Beyond in Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights
Cristina Ramírez Sánchez
Under the direction of  D. Julio Ángel Olivares Merino
Universidad de Jaén, Departamento de Filología Inglesa, 2017

This study’s objective is that of establishing similarities as well as differences between Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (a classic of English literature) and the homonym song by Kate Bush, a sort of spin-off deriving from the novel with a new point of view. Taking as a basis different theories applied to Bush’s lyrics as well as offering an insight into both official video clip productions, we will analyze pathological passion as the epicentric topic in the song. 
Emily Brontë in Crum, WV: Reading Emily's Ghost as an Appalachian Novel
Thomas J. Kiddie Jr., West Virginia State University
Appalachian Studies Association Conference 2017: Restitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond its Borders, April 5-8, 2018

In keeping with the theme of the conference, both Lee Maynard's Crum trilogy and Denise Giardina's Storming Heaven and its sequel The Unquiet Earth can clearly be read as Appalachian protest novels. This paper argues for a reading of Giardina's Emily's Ghost as not only an Appalachian protest novel but also as the third novel in a trilogy including Storming Heaven and The Unquiet Earth. After reviewing the form and purpose of a trilogy, as represented traditionally in Maynard's work, the paper considers a revision to the form and explains how Appalachian values operate in Emily's Ghost and connect it to Giardina's other works. Building on the work of Loyal Jones and other Appalachian scholars, as well as an analysis of the three Crum novels, to establish a framework for a definition of Appalachian values, the paper concludes that Giardina has indeed written a contemporary trilogy.


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