Last Things:Emily Brontė's Poems: Emily Brontė's Poems

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OUP Oxford, Feb 22, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 196 pages
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At present, Emily Brontė's poetry is more frequently celebrated than read. Ironically, the very uniqueness of her poems has made them less interesting to current feminist critics than other poems written by Victorian women. Last Things seeks to reinstate Emily Brontė's poems at the heart of Romantic and Victorian concerns while at the same time underlining their enduring relevance for readers today. It presents the poems as the achievement of a powerfullyindependent mind responding to her own inner experience of the world and seeking always an abrogation of human limits compatible with a stern morality. It develops Georges Bataille's insight that it doesn't matter whether Brontė had a mystical experience because she 'reached the very essence of such an experience'. Althoughthe book does not discuss all of Brontė's poems, it seeks to be comprehensive by undertaking an analysis of individual poems, the progress she made from the beginning of her career as a poet to its end, her poetical fragments and her writing practice, and her motives for writing poetry. For admirers of Wuthering Heights, Last Things will bring the concerns and methods of the novel into sharper focus by relating them to the poems.

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Janet Gezari received her BA degree from Cornell University and her PhD from Yale University. She has been teaching at Connecticut College, where she is the Lucy Marsh Haskell '19 Professor of English, since 1970. She is the editor of iEmily Bronte: The Complete Poems/i (Penguin, 1991) and the author of iCharlotte Bronte and Defensive Conduct: The Author and the Body at Risk/i (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992). Her book on Charlotte Bronte was selected as an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice in 1993 and jointly awarded the rose Mary Crawshay Prize by the British Academy in 1994. she has also published articles on the Brontes, George Eliot, Vladimir Nabokov, and Bob Dylan.

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