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The Brontës and Education

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  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521155618

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  • All the seven Brontë novels are concerned with education in both senses, that of upbringing as well as that of learning. The Brontë sisters all worked as teachers before they became published novelists. In spite of the prevalence of education in the sisters' lives and fiction, however, this was the first full-length book on the subject when it was published in 2007. Marianne Thormählen explores how their representations of fictional teachers and schools engage with the intense debates on education in the nineteenth century, drawing on a wealth of documentary evidence about educational theory and practice in the lifetime of the Brontës. This study offers much information both about the Brontës and their books and about the most urgent issue in early nineteenth-century British social politics: the education of the people, of all classes and both sexes.

    • An important contextual reading of the famous Brontë novels
    • Thoroughly researched and documented, providing invaluable data about Victorian education
    • A lively and accessible work of criticism
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "[A] compelling and unique book...Highly recommended."
    -S.A. Parker, Choice

    "Thormählen's prose is lucid yet sophisticated, each paragraph redolent with pithy thoughts and new twists on familiar truths [...] There is much to admire in this enjoyable book...a deeply satisfying work that enriches our appreciation of the Brontës and their world."
    -Bob Duckett, Modern Philology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521155618
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Education and Society:
    1. The education of the people
    2. The improvement of the mind
    Part II. Home and School:
    3. Household education versus school training
    4. Parents and children
    5. Professional educators in the home
    6. Schools and schooling
    Part III. Subjects and Skills:
    7. A sound English education
    8. Religion and education
    9. The accomplishments
    10. Male and female education
    11. Beyond the schoolroom: reading and the Brontës
    Part IV. Strategies and Methods:
    12. Pedagogical purposes and principles
    13. Schoolroom practices
    Part V. Originality and Freedom:
    14. Docility and originality
    15. Liberty and responsibility
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Marianne Thormählen, Lunds Universitet, Sweden

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