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Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Charlotte Bronte and Victorian Psychology Series Number 7 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Charlotte Bronte and Victorian Psychology Series Number 7 (Hardback)

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Hardback 308 Pages / Published: 07/03/1996
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This innovative and critically acclaimed study successfully challenges the traditional view that Charlotte Bronte existed in a historical vacuum, by setting her work firmly within the context of Victorian psychological debate. Based on extensive local research, using texts ranging from local newspaper copy to the medical tomes in the Reverend Patrick Bronte's library, Sally Shuttleworth explores the interpenetration of economic, social, and psychological discourse in the early and mid-nineteenth century, and traces the ways in which Charlotte Bronte's texts operate in relation to this complex, often contradictory, discursive framework. Shuttleworth offers a detailed analysis of Bronte's fiction, informed by a new understanding of Victorian constructions of sexuality and insanity, and the operations of medical and psychological surveillance.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521551496
Number of pages: 308
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Invokes primary sources to explode any persistent myths that Bronte lived in a cultural vacuum.' New Scientist
'An excellent, illuminating book.' Rick Rylance
'[This] has made a major contribution to Bronte studies and indicated the way forward for further studies of Bronte's work within Victorian cultural debate.' Christine Alexander, Australasian Victorian Studies Journal
'An assured and original contributuion to the ever-expanding field of Bronte scholarship.' Anarchist Studies
'An impressive, densely-argued book.' Journal of Victorian Culture
"Shuttleworth constructs compelling links among medical, psychological, and literary discourses in mid-Victorian Britain. Carolyn Dever, Albion
"This remarkable survey of the gendered history of botany combines fascinating accounts of individual women's works and lives with a study of changes in the literature of science. ...Shuttleworth's...admirable research in Victorian psychologies demonstrates a critical practice that, implicitly critiquing cultural studies, restores a much-needed specificity to historicizing discourse about the Victorian novel." Dianne F. Sadoff, Victorian Studies
"...sound methodology, accesible structure, deft, thoughtful prose, and critical acumen, making it a model for interdisciplinary nineteenth-century scholarship. Schuttleworth's thoughtful analysis of extensive research in nineteenth-century psychological and medical texts illuminates the literary imagination of Charlotte Bronte...Shuttleworth sheds new light on texts...[she] offers us a more complete and knowledgeable way to understand Bronte's art by understanding the psychological assumptions that inform her depiction of character...Charlotte Bronte and Victorian Psychology is important reading for Bronte scholars, but also for those interested in Victorian medical science...this well-researched, cogently argued book is a substantial contribution to nineteenth-century studies who insights will interest and engage a wide range of fellow scholars." Nineteenth-Century Contexts
"There is a great deal of fine, truly historical work here and also attractive fictions of interpretation of history and Bronte's work, all also displaying a very creative and original mind." John Maynard, Nineteenth-Century Literature

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