Major Women Writers, 1789-1890: Brontë Family

English 4188/7188
Brontë Family
Section 1
Elizabeth Chang
Tate 101

This class will introduce you to the greatest literary family of the nineteenth century and to some of the greatest novels written in English, not to mention some very complicated and dramatic family history. We will read novels by three of the Brontë sisters as well as some of the siblings' writings from childhood. We will also learn about the creation and dismantling of the Brontë myth, and about the current critical assessment of each of the sisters. Along the way, we will also discuss Victorian literature, culture, and the history of women's writing in nineteenth-century Britain more generally.