Sunday, January 05, 2020

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A paper by Nicola Friar, the Brontëite behind the blog The Brontë Babe:
Autobiography, Wish-Fulfilent, and Juvenilia: The 'Fractured Self' in Charlotte Brontë's Paracosmic Counterworld
The Journal of Juvenilia Studies, Vol. 2, no. 2, pp 65-76 (2019)
Nicola Friar
Alumna, Liverpool Hope University, and independent scholar

In the introduction  to  their  ground-breaking  collection  of  essays  on  juvenilia,  The Child Writer from Austen to Woolf, Christine Alexander and Juliet McMaster write that “there should be a place for what children have to tell us of themselves”. Most  immediately,  Alexander  and  McMaster  refer  here  to  juvenilia’s  lack  of  “a  place” within the literary canon, the result of a historical prejudice towards writing by  children  that  has  led  to  critical  neglect.  However,  their  emphasis  on  “what  children have to tell us of themselves” also reflects a scholarly tradition of reading juvenilia for what we may learn about the child writer—whether as autobiography or as wish-fulfilment.
A review:
Sophie Franklin
The Review of English Studies, hgz143, https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgz143
Published: 24 December 2019
Alexandra Lewis (ed.). The Brontës and the Idea of the Human: Science, Ethics, and the Victorian Imagination . Pp. xiii + 290. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press,  2019. Hardback, £75.

The Brontës and the Idea of the Human: Science, Ethics, and the Victorian Imagination, edited by Alexandra Lewis, takes these complexities and abundances, and turns them into something original, intellectually generous, and often daring. What does it mean to be human? This deceptively simple question launches the collection of essays, in which prominent critical perspectives in Brontë studies are re-evaluated, and new directions for twenty-first-century scholarship are raised and explored. With an impressive line-up of scholars and creatives, including Sally Shuttleworth and the late Barbara Hardy, the volume celebrates not only just the legacy of Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Brontë’s work and lives, but also their engagement with and impact on nineteenth-century debates around what makes us human. In this light, the collection will be of interest to researchers not only within Brontë studies, but also those working in the fields of Victorian studies and the medical humanities.
And another paper:
Perdones Cañas, Rebeca
Women Empowerment through Emily Brontë‟s Wuthering Heights
 JACLR: Journal of Artistic Creation and Literary Research 7.2.5 (2019): 59-71

In this paper I analyse how Emily Brontë challenges in her novel Wuthering Heights the female stereotypes to which women of the Victorian Era were submitted. In order to accomplish this analysis, I take into account the social aspects in which women had to meet expectations. For the purpose of finding answers to this issue, I have organised this study into different parts that show the pressure to which women of the Victorian age were subjected. Firstly, I start analysing the age in which this novel takes place and how the situation of women in that time was. Secondly, I continue describing one of the most important social aspects that kept women submitted in that age: marriage. I analyse the clout that it had in Victorian society and how it was a social imposition and nobody had a different choice. Thirdly, I focus on women education and how it was something almost forbidden for them and a way to control and submit them. Fourthly, my study comes to the most important issue which is the female stereotypes challenged by the characters of Wuthering Heights. Then, I explore superficially how the defiance of these stereotypes lead to tragic consequences in the case of the main female characters. Finally, I conclude that Emily defies the imposed gender roles and female stereotypes of the Victorian Era through her work although it was not a simple task.


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