The Brontë Cabinet

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Emily Bronte's desk

Emily's desk, on display at the Brontë Parsonage Museum 

In The Brontë Cabinet, (2015), Deborah Lutz investigates material objects owned by the sisters—souvenirs, mementos, books, writing desks—to illuminate the Brontë sisters’ lives.  Material objects that the sisters created, touched, lived with, and incorporated into their writing help us to set the Brontës and their writing in their cultural moment and to understand each sister better. In our final classes, we will construct our own Brontë cabinet by choosing either an artifact Lutz mentions from the sisters’ lives—writing desks, letters, paintings, etc.—or objects in the sisters’ novels. Choose 4-8 related items to convey a narrative arc; for example, the contents of a writing desk might accompany a gallery case on a sister's desk.  For each item, write a caption and header.  Then design a narrative to explain the relationship among the items you have chosen to put on display to remember an aspect of the Brontës' lives and their literary legacy.