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The Brontës and Religion

The Brontës and Religion

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  • Date Published: May 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521604574

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  • This is the first full-length study of religion in the fiction of the Brontës. Drawing on extensive knowledge of the Anglican church in the nineteenth century, Marianne Thormählen shows how the Brontës' familiarity with the contemporary debates on doctrinal, ethical and ecclesiastical issues informs their novels. Divided into four parts, the book examines denominations, doctrines, ethics and clerics in the Brontës' work. Lucid and vigorously written, it will open up new perspectives for Brontë specialists and enthusiasts alike on a fundamental aspect of the novels greatly neglected in recent decades.

    • The first full-length study of an important and neglected topic in Brontë studies
    • Reinterprets the novels in the context of extensive research into nineteenth-century Anglican debates on doctrinal, ethical and ecclesiastical issues
    • Clearly and vigorously written, with a useful bibliography providing guidance on further reading
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    "Thormählen has written the first full-length study of the part that religion plays in the Brontë novels. A professor of English literature, the author displays an extraordinary knowledge of the 19th-century Anglican Church and its doctrinal, ethical and ecclesiastical issues and debates...Thoroughly annotated with a select bibliography,...it is absolutely required reading for those engaged in Brontë studies." G.B. Cross, Choice

    "In addition to fine scholarship, the book is distinguished for an introduction that situates the topic of religion within the broader arena of today's critical attitudes...my reaction is gratitude. Gratitude for the time, energy, and care that have gone into this book. And also for the provision of such a convincing, gracious beginning to what will most likely be an increasingly informed understanding of the work of the Brontës. It is a book to Brontë scholarship, and to all who wish to restore religious and spiritual issues to the recognition that they deserve. I wish I had written it!" Micael M. Clarke, Religion & Literature

    "The Brintes and Religion is especially useful as a guide to the theological and ecclesiastical world in which the novels were written and which they reflect, critique, and explore." Modern Philology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521604574
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Denominations:
    1. A Christian home in early nineteenth-century England: Evangelicalism, Dissent and the Brontë family
    2. Charlotte Brontë and the church of Rome
    3. An undenominational temper
    Part II. Doctrines:
    4. The Brontës in the theological landscape of their time
    5. God and his creation
    6. Faith and redemption
    7. This life and next
    Part III. Ethics:
    8. Forgiveness and revenge
    9. The enigma of St John Rivers
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Marianne Thormählen, Lunds Universitet, Sweden

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