The Brontës, Fall 2022 Dashboard


A madwoman in the attic, impassioned love, and a mysterious/abusive past.  Such sensational themes may seem ripped from today’s social media, but, in fact, they are the defining elements of the novels of the Brontë sisters. We will adopt new historicist and gender studies approaches to study arguably the greatest English literary family of the nineteenth century. Readings include Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847), Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1847), and Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) as well as poetry by the three sisters and their brother, Branwell. We will distinguish between Brontëan myths and biographical truths and question why their works are read as a literary canon and their lives are retold collectively. Assignments situating the Brontës in their historical moment will prepare students to read critically, research deeply, write analytically, develop visual literacy skills, and participate actively. This writing-intensive course includes 2 papers (one shorter, one longer with secondary sources), an oral presentation, a PowerPoint, textual annotation of the sisters’ novels through the Collaborative Organization for Virtual Education (COVE), and the creation of a virtual case for “The Brontë Cabinet,” a virtual COVE class gallery on material objects (with an optional “maker” component) to illuminate the life and work of the Brontë sisters.

Galleries, Timelines, and Maps

Gallery Exhibit
Posted by Catherine Golden on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 18:34

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... more

Individual Entries

Posted by Catherine Golden on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 18:46