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Title:
Emily Brontë--Wuthering Heights
Author:
Marsh, Nicholas.
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xi, 235 pages ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312223762

9780312223779
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Book

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Summary

Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights took the literary world by storm when it was published in 1847. There had never been a novel like it, and it continues to cast a powerful spell over readers to this day. This book takes extracts and examines them in close detail to explore how Bronte achieves her effects and to inquire into the significance of her characters and fable. The reader is taught to explore and appreciate the love-tragedy of Catherine and Heathcliff, the resonant images and symbols of the text, and the complex way the story is told.


Summary

Chapters on the narrative frame, characters, imagery and symbols, structure and themes use practical analysis to build and refine our insight into Wuthering Heights. Part Two gives information about Emily Brontë's life and works, a discussion of this novel's place in the development of fiction and a comparison of three important critical views. Suggestions for further reading, fully explained examples of analysis and suggestions for further work make this volume both accessible and a bridge to further study.


Author Notes

Nicholas Marsh teaches English at Francis Holland School, Regent's Park, London.


Nicholas Marsh teaches English at Francis Holland School, Regent's Park, London.


Table of Contents

General Editor's Prefacep. x
A Note on Editionsp. xi
Part 1 Analysing Wuthering Heights
1 The Narrative Framep. 3
Narratorsp. 5
[a] Lockwoodp. 5
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 4-6p. 5
[b] Nelly Deanp. 11
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 164-7p. 11
[c] Other Narratorsp. 19
Heathcliff. Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 148-9p. 19
Isabella. Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 178-9p. 23
A 'Dramatic' Workp. 26
Conclusionsp. 30
Methods of Analysisp. 31
Suggested Workp. 33
2 Characterisationp. 34
Secondary Charactersp. 35
Josephp. 35
Hindley Earnshawp. 36
Heathcliffp. 39
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 285-8p. 40
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 320-2p. 52
Catherinep. 62
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 122-4p. 62
Concluding Discussionp. 70
Psychology and Character in Wuthering Heightsp. 70
Heathcliff, Catherine and Wuthering Heightsp. 72
Methods of Analysisp. 76
Suggested Workp. 77
3 Imagery and Symbolsp. 78
Imageryp. 78
Example: 'foliage' and 'rocks'p. 79
Example: 'Devil daddy'p. 84
Symbolismp. 88
Example: Penistone Craggsp. 89
Example: Isabella's dogp. 91
Example: Gardening at the Heightsp. 99
Conclusionsp. 103
Methods of Analysisp. 104
Suggested Workp. 105
4 Structure in Wuthering Heightsp. 106
Timep. 107
Families and Social 'Structure'p. 112
Structure in the Settingp. 118
Conclusionsp. 124
Methods of Analysisp. 125
Suggested Workp. 126
5 Themesp. 127
Lockwood's Dreamsp. 129
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 22-6p. 129
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 158-60p. 146
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 310-11p. 151
Absolutes and Limitationsp. 154
Concluding Discussionp. 160
Methods of Analysisp. 161
Suggested Workp. 162
6 Conclusions to Part 1p. 164
Wuthering Heights: What Sort of a Novel is it?p. 164
How to Study Wuthering Heightsp. 170
Formulating your ideas as questions to ask of the textp. 171
Using summariesp. 172
Studying the 'Structure' and 'Themes' of Wuthering Heightsp. 172
Part 2 The Context and the Critics
7 Emily Bronte's Life and Worksp. 177
Emily Bronte's Lifep. 177
Emily Bronte's Worksp. 187
The poemsp. 188
8 The Place of Wuthering Heights in English Literaturep. 194
The 'Gothic' in Wuthering Heightsp. 195
'Modernist' Novelsp. 197
Wuthering Heights and Tragedyp. 200
Wuthering Heights and the Development of Settingp. 204
Concluding Discussionp. 207
9 A Sample of Critical Viewsp. 208
David Cecilp. 209
Terry Eagletonp. 213
Sandra Gilbertp. 219
Further Readingp. 227
Indexp. 232
General Editor's Prefacep. x
A Note on Editionsp. xi
Part 1 Analysing Wuthering Heights
1 The Narrative Framep. 3
Narratorsp. 5
[a] Lockwoodp. 5
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 4-6p. 5
[b] Nelly Deanp. 11
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 164-7p. 11
[c] Other Narratorsp. 19
Heathcliff. Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 148-9p. 19
Isabella. Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 178-9p. 23
A 'Dramatic' Workp. 26
Conclusionsp. 30
Methods of Analysisp. 31
Suggested Workp. 33
2 Characterisationp. 34
Secondary Charactersp. 35
Josephp. 35
Hindley Earnshawp. 36
Heathcliffp. 39
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 285-8p. 40
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 320-2p. 52
Catherinep. 62
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 122-4p. 62
Concluding Discussionp. 70
Psychology and Character in Wuthering Heightsp. 70
Heathcliff, Catherine and Wuthering Heightsp. 72
Methods of Analysisp. 76
Suggested Workp. 77
3 Imagery and Symbolsp. 78
Imageryp. 78
Example: 'foliage' and 'rocks'p. 79
Example: 'Devil daddy'p. 84
Symbolismp. 88
Example: Penistone Craggsp. 89
Example: Isabella's dogp. 91
Example: Gardening at the Heightsp. 99
Conclusionsp. 103
Methods of Analysisp. 104
Suggested Workp. 105
4 Structure in Wuthering Heightsp. 106
Timep. 107
Families and Social 'Structure'p. 112
Structure in the Settingp. 118
Conclusionsp. 124
Methods of Analysisp. 125
Suggested Workp. 126
5 Themesp. 127
Lockwood's Dreamsp. 129
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 22-6p. 129
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 158-60p. 146
Analysis: Wuthering Heights, pp. 310-11p. 151
Absolutes and Limitationsp. 154
Concluding Discussionp. 160
Methods of Analysisp. 161
Suggested Workp. 162
6 Conclusions to Part 1p. 164
Wuthering Heights: What Sort of a Novel is it?p. 164
How to Study Wuthering Heightsp. 170
Formulating your ideas as questions to ask of the textp. 171
Using summariesp. 172
Studying the 'Structure' and 'Themes' of Wuthering Heightsp. 172
Part 2 The Context and the Critics
7 Emily Bronte's Life and Worksp. 177
Emily Bronte's Lifep. 177
Emily Bronte's Worksp. 187
The poemsp. 188
8 The Place of Wuthering Heights in English Literaturep. 194
The 'Gothic' in Wuthering Heightsp. 195
'Modernist' Novelsp. 197
Wuthering Heights and Tragedyp. 200
Wuthering Heights and the Development of Settingp. 204
Concluding Discussionp. 207
9 A Sample of Critical Viewsp. 208
David Cecilp. 209
Terry Eagletonp. 213
Sandra Gilbertp. 219
Further Readingp. 227
Indexp. 232