Major Women Writers, 1789-1890: The Brontë Family (Online)

ENGLSH 4188/7188
Section 01
Elizabeth Chang
Online Asynchronous
Course Description

(Cross-listed with WGST 4188 & 7188)

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.