The Brontë Sisters - The Family and Their World

This course considers three seminal novels by Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë. Over the course of six weeks we will get to know more about this remarkable family and the world the lived and wrote in. Two weeks will be devoted to unpacking a complex novel by each of the sisters; Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. We will deepen our knowledge of the Victorian era, and better our understanding of issues facing women in this period. In addition to reading the chosen novels, we will also consider the different ways they have been read and analysed since they were first written, from psychoanalytic to feminist readings, and everything in between.


DELIVERY MODE

  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
  • Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Charlotte Brontë I – This week we will unpack the context in which Jane Eyre was written and analyse the novel’s central themes and the characterisation of its enigmatic heroine.
  • Charlotte Brontë II – We will build on the first talk’s discussion, but introduce three alternative critical perspectives of the novel in order to deepen our understanding of the novel and develop discussion.
  • Emily Brontë I – This week we will explore the themes of Wuthering Heights, which is often considered the most ‘intense’ of the Brontë novels. We will consider questions of genre (Gothicism) and narrative devices such as framing.
  • Emily Brontë II – We will build on the first talk’s discussion, but introduce three alternative critical perspectives of the novel in order to deepen our understanding of the novel and develop discussion.
  • Anne Brontë I – This week we will examine the characterisation of one of the strongest heroines in Victorian fictions. The Tenant of Wildfell hall was considered one of the most subversive novels of its day due to its exploration of domestic violence, alcoholism, and female independence and endurance.
  • Anne Brontë II – We will build on the first talk’s discussion, but introduce three alternative critical perspectives of the novel in order to deepen our understanding of the novel and develop discussion.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop knowledge of the Victorian era.
  2. Deepen understanding of novel form and features including: genre, framing devices, characterisation, and themes.
  3. Use critical theory to developing personal understanding of chosen novels.
$192 Limited / $173

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13 Aug

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