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The Brontës and the idea of the human : science, ethics, and the Victorian imagination

Author: Alexandra Lewis
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019. ©2019
Series: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, v.115.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Brontës and the Idea of the Human: What does it mean to be human? The Brontë novels and poetry are fascinated by what lies at the core - and limits - of the human. The Brontës and the Idea of the Human presents a significant re-evaluation of how Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë each responded to scientific, legal, political, theological, literary, and cultural concerns in ways that redraw the boundaries of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Brontë family.; Charlotte Brontë; Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Anne Brontë; Charlotte Brontë; Emily Brontë; Brontë family.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexandra Lewis
ISBN: 9781107154810 1107154812
OCLC Number: 1078957450
Description: xiii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Human subjects: reimagining the Brontës for twenty-first-century scholarship / Alexandra Lewis --
Hanging, crushing, and shooting: animals, violence, and child-rearing in Brontë fiction / Sally Shuttleworth --
Learning to imagine: the Brontes and nineteenth-century educational ideals / Dinah Birch --
Charlotte Brontë and the science of the imagination / Janis McLarren Caldwell --
Being human: de-gendering mental anxiety; or hysteria, hypochondriasis, and traumatic memory in Charlotte Brontë's Villette / Alexandra Lewis --
Charlotte Brontë and the listening reader / Helen Groth --
Burning art and political resistance: Anne Brontë's radical imaginary of wives, enslaved people, and animals in the Tenant of Wildfell Hall / Deborah Denenholz Morse --
Degraded nature: Wuthering Heights and the last poems of Emily Brontë / Helen Small --
'Angels recognize our innocence': on theology and 'human rights' in the fiction of the Brontës / Jan-Melissa Schramm --
'A strange change approaching': ontology, reconciliation, and eschatology in Wuthering Heights / Simon Marsden --
'Surely some oracle has been with me': women's prophecy and ethical rebuke in poems by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë / Rebecca Styler --
Jane Eyre, a teaching experiment / Isobel Armstrong --
Fiction as critique: postscripts to Jane Eyre and Villette / Barbara Hardy --
We are three sisters: the lives of the Brontës as a Chekhovian play / Blake Morrison.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, v.115.
Responsibility: edited by Alexandra Lewis, University of Aberdeen.

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Investigating links between literature, science, psychology, religion, law, and ethics, this study re-evaluates nineteenth-century understandings of what it means to be human. Leading scholars argue  Read more...

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