Skip to main content
Unit of study_

ENGL3657: The Brontes

The novels of the Bronte Sisters are among the most enduringly popular Victorian texts, yet they have an ambiguous critical status. The perception that the Brontes are labile and cloistered writers, best interpreted psychoanalytically, raises questions about the relationship between biography and literature, and the ways in which notions of social and historical relevance play into judgments about literary value. We will think about canonical and popular literary status, biography and authorship, gender and writing, and Victorian society.

Code ENGL3657
Academic unit
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in English

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. L1: Have gained skills in the kind of sustained critical investigation normally reserved for honours or masters work.
  • LO2. L2: Be familiar with major works in the Brontë oeuvre and the main debates that have informed Brontë criticism.
  • LO3. L3: Have learned about gender and literary production in the Victorian period.
  • LO4. L4: Consider the relevance of biographical information to understanding literary texts.
  • LO5. L5: Reflect on the assumptions that inform both literary critical trends and your own understanding of literary critical practice.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.