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The Brontes and the Idea of the Human

Science, Ethics, and the Victorian Imagination

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What does it mean to be human? The Bronte novels and poetry are fascinated by what lies at the core - and limits - of the human. The Brontes and the Idea of the Human presents a significant re-evaluation of how Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte each responded to scientific, legal, political, theological, literary, and cultural concerns in ways that redraw the boundaries of the human for the nineteenth century. Proposing innovative modes of approach for the twenty-first century, leading scholars shed light on the relationship between the role of the imagination and new definitions of the human subject. This important interdisciplinary study scrutinises the notion of the embodied human and moves beyond it to explore the force and potential of the mental and imaginative powers for constructions of selfhood, community, spirituality, degradation, cruelty, and ethical behaviour in the nineteenth century and its fictional worlds.

Author Biography

Alexandra Lewis is Lecturer in English Literature, and Associate Director of the Centre for the Novel, at the University of Aberdeen. She is editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Wuthering Heights (2014), and has published extensively on the Brontes, memory and trauma, and nineteenth-century literature and psychology.
Release date Australia
November 30th, 2018
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Edited by Alexandra Lewis
Pages
320
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
ISBN-13
9781107154810
Product ID
28248221

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