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The Brontës in Context

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Marianne Thormählen, Michael Baumber, Ann Dinsdale, Dudley Green, Bob Duckett, Victor A. Neufeldt, Dinah Birch, Lyn Pykett, Maria Frawley, Stephen Whitehead, Drew Lamonica Arms, Christine Alexander, Sue Lonoff, Margaret Smith, Jane Sellars, Janet Gezari, Sara J. Lodge, Linda H. Peterson, Stephen Colclough, Tom Winnifrith, Miriam Elizabeth Burstein, Herbert Rosengarten, Alexandra Lewis, Patsy Stoneman, David Jasper, Stephen Prickett, Barbara T. Gates, Simon Avery, Joanne Shattock, Steven Wood, Edward Chitham, Ian Ward, Elizabeth Langland, Birgitta Berglund, Jill L. Matus, Janis McLarren Caldwell
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  • Date Published: December 2012
  • availability: Available, despatch within 1-2 weeks
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521761864

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  • Very few families produce one outstanding writer. The Brontë family produced three. The works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne remain immensely popular, and are increasingly being studied in relation to the surroundings and wider context that formed them. The forty-two new essays in this book tell 'the Brontë story' as it has never been told before, drawing on the latest research and the best available scholarship while offering new perspectives on the writings of the sisters. A section on Brontë criticism traces their reception to the present day. The works of the sisters are explored in the context of social, political and cultural developments in early-nineteenth-century Britain, with attention given to religion, education, art, print culture, agriculture, law and medicine. Crammed with information, The Brontës in Context shows how the Brontës' fiction interacts with the spirit of the time, suggesting reasons for its enduring fascination.

    • Forty-two concise chapters covering the Brontës' lives, works and world
    • Crammed with information for students, scholars and general readers
    • Includes many illustrations and suggestions for further reading
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    "General readers will enjoy it as much as Brontë students and fans, and its careful avoidance of anything too topical or controversial will keep it fresh for years. Thormählen’s high quality contributors, assembly of reliable facts and data, pertinent commentary, maps, illustrations, splendid chronology and further reading lists make it everything that one could wish for."
    Claire Harman, Times Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: December 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521761864
    • length: 426 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available, despatch within 1-2 weeks
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Introduction Marianne Thormählen
    Part I. Places, Persons and Publishing:
    1. Haworth in the time of the Brontës Michael Baumber
    2. Domestic life at Haworth Parsonage Ann Dinsdale
    3. Northern-England locations associated with the Brontës' lives and works Ann Dinsdale
    4. The father of the Brontës Dudley Green
    5. A mother and her substitutes: Maria Brontë (née Branwell), Elizabeth Branwell and Margaret Wooler Bob Duckett
    6. Patrick Branwell Brontë Victor A. Neufeldt
    7. Charlotte Brontë Dinah Birch
    8. Emily Brontë Lyn Pykett
    9. Anne Brontë Maria Frawley
    10. Friends, servants and a husband Stephen Whitehead
    11. The Brontës' sibling bonds Drew Lamonica Arms
    12. Juvenilia Christine Alexander
    13. The Brussels experience Sue Lonoff
    14. The Brontë correspondence Margaret Smith
    15. Portraits of the Brontës Jane Sellars
    16. The poetry of the Brontës Janet Gezari
    17. Literary influences on the Brontës Sara J. Lodge
    18. The Brontës' way into print Linda H. Peterson
    19. Reading the Brontës: their first audiences Stephen Colclough
    Part II. Scholarship, Criticism, Adaptations and Translations:
    20. Brontë biography: a survey of a genre Tom Winnifrith
    21. Mid-nineteenth-century critical responses to the Brontës Miriam Elizabeth Burstein
    22. Brontë scholarship and criticism, 1920–70 Herbert Rosengarten
    23. Brontë scholarship and criticism, approx. 1970–2000 Sara J. Lodge
    24. Current trends in Brontë criticism and scholarship Alexandra Lewis
    25. Adaptations, prequels, sequels, translations Patsy Stoneman
    Part III. Historical and Cultural Contexts:
    26. Religion David Jasper
    27. The philosophical-intellectual context Stephen Prickett
    28. Education Dinah Birch
    29. Art and music Christine Alexander
    30. Natural history Barbara T. Gates
    31. Politics Simon Avery
    32. Newspapers and magazines Joanne Shattock
    33. Agriculture and industry Marianne Thormählen with Steven Wood
    34. Transport and travel Edward Chitham
    35. Law Ian Ward
    36. Class Elizabeth Langland
    37. Careers for middle-class women Elizabeth Langland
    38. Marriage and family life Marianne Thormählen
    39. Dress Birgitta Berglund
    40. Sexuality Jill L. Matus
    41. Physical health Janis McLarren Caldwell
    42. Mental health Janis McLarren Caldwell
    Further reading
    Index.

  • Editor

    Marianne Thormählen, Lunds Universitet, Sweden

    Contributors

    Marianne Thormählen, Michael Baumber, Ann Dinsdale, Dudley Green, Bob Duckett, Victor A. Neufeldt, Dinah Birch, Lyn Pykett, Maria Frawley, Stephen Whitehead, Drew Lamonica Arms, Christine Alexander, Sue Lonoff, Margaret Smith, Jane Sellars, Janet Gezari, Sara J. Lodge, Linda H. Peterson, Stephen Colclough, Tom Winnifrith, Miriam Elizabeth Burstein, Herbert Rosengarten, Alexandra Lewis, Patsy Stoneman, David Jasper, Stephen Prickett, Barbara T. Gates, Simon Avery, Joanne Shattock, Steven Wood, Edward Chitham, Ian Ward, Elizabeth Langland, Birgitta Berglund, Jill L. Matus, Janis McLarren Caldwell

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