Synopses & Reviews
Readers of Emily Brontë's poetry and of Wuthering Heights have seen in their author, variously, a devout if somewhat unorthodox Christian, a heretic, or a visionary "mystic of the moors". Rather than seeking to resolve this matter, Emily Brontë and the Religious Imagination suggests that such conflicting readings are the product of tensions, conflicts and ambiguities within the texts themselves. Rejecting the idea that a single, coherent set of religious doctrines are to be found in Brontë's work, this book argues that Wuthering Heights and the poems dramatise individual experiences of faith in the context of a world in which such faith is always conflicted, always threatened. Brontë's work dramatises the experience of imaginative faith that is always contested by the presence of other voices, other worldviews. Her characters cling to visionary faith in the face of death and mortality, awaiting and anticipating a final vindication, an eschatological fulfilment that always lies in a future beyond the scope of the text.
“Marsden (Univ. of Liverpool, UK) examines Wuthering Heights and selected poems in order to engage Emily Brontë's religious position. Many biographies and critical studies--e.g., Lucasta Miller's The Brontë Myth ( 2001)--have tried to clarify Brontë's spiritual beliefs. Marsden's volume relies heavily on modern critical discourse and the support of extensive notes; there are chapter notes and an extensive bibliography. This is a book for Brontë specialists with an interest in Victorian religion. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.” - S. A. Parker, Emerita, Hiram College, CHOICE
Through close readings from her literary writings - from Wuthering Heights to her poems, essays and diaries - this book explores Emily Bronte's theological beliefs.
About the Author
Simon Marsden is Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Liverpool, UK.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements \ A Note on Texts \ Introduction: The Unfinished Sentence \ 1. Enchantment \ 2. Christianity \ 3. Death and Eschatology \ 4. Faith, Doubt and Wuthering Heights \ (not) Conclusion \ Notes \ Bibliography \ Index