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Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History

Heather Glen


This study of Charlotte Brontë's novels draws on original research in a range of early Victorian writings, on subjects ranging from women's day-dreaming to sanitary reform, from the Great Exhibition to early Victorian religious thought. It is not, however, merely a study of context. Through a close consideration of the ways in which Brontë's novels engage with the thinking of their time, it offers a powerful argument for the ‘literary’ as a distinctive mode of intelligence, and reveals a Charlotte Brontë more alert to her historical moment and far more aesthetically sophisticated than she has ... More

Keywords: Charlotte Brontë, women's day-dreaming, sanitary reform, Great Exhibition, religious thought, Victorians, literary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199272556
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272556.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Glen, author
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge