Emily Brontë /
Stevie Davies.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1988.
xii, 180 p. ; 23 cm. --
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Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1988.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 172-175.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-05:
A novelist and critic of women's literature in the Renaissance and the 19th century, Davies here challenges standard American feminist readings of Wuthering Heights (see Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic, CH, Jan '80), arguing that Bronte freely adapts both Miltonic and Byronic versions of the Genesis story within the context of radical Protestant theology to fit her own feminist vision. Davies's passionate discussion draws on theories of Jung, Freud, feminists (including Margaret Homans and Elaine Showalter), and the other writings of Emily Bronte, her sisters, and other 19th-century women writers such as George Eliot. In its far-ranging eclecticism lies the book's strengths and weaknesses. The author often introduces an astute reading of a small detail in the novel, which is then used as a springboard for generalizations, often underdeveloped, that link theorists as widely different as Freud and right-brain/left-brain theorists. Given the author's interest in gender concerns in the novel, her extensive discussion of mirroring cries out for at least some consideration of the French feminist psychoanalytic school's discussion of this subject (e.g., Luce Irigaray's Speculum of the Other Woman, 1985). Levels: graduate and upper-division undergraduate. -E. Robertson, University of Colorado at Boulder
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