Brontë Transformations: The Cultural Dissemination of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights

Published March 2018

£18.99

This landmark book – entirely unobtainable for several years - is one of the few essential studies for the two most famous Bronte novels.

It offers a fascinating account of how these two novels have so influentially passed into the general culture in every respect– on the stage, in film and television, in books, illustrations, comic books and paintings, operatic ballet and musical versions, parodies, allusions, as well as later ‘re-workings’ of the original plots.

No other book provides such a record of the processes by which the two books have been transformed and transmitted.

This exhaustive study offers analysis of the various texts in terms of their historical and generic construction, aiming to relate the form of each derivative to its ideological function.

This is achieved through a mix of traditional literary criticism with feminist, psychoanalytic and deconstructive techniques. This creates a book which is both entertaining in its appeal to the general reader and searching for student and scholar in both literary and cultural history.

The work offers a detailed bibliography, and is enhanced by black and white illustrations.

 

About the author

 

Dr. Patsy Stoneman is Reader in English at the University of Hull, where she has taught since 1966. Her main areas of study are the nineteenth-century English novel, especially the novels of the Brontës and Elizabeth Gaskell, and women's studies in English. 

 

“[This book] is original, well-conceived and topical…[and] provides a fresh and informative way of examining these two novels. It is theoretically alert, well-written and well-sustained…[and] will be read both by scholars and undergraduates…working in both literary criticism and cultural or communication studies.” – Professor Rick Rylance [now Director, Institute of English Studies, University of London].

Reviews

“Patsy Stoneman is uniquely qualified to fulfil the task she has set herself…Throughout…she shows herself capable of subjecting this vast wealth of material to forensic analysis. At the same time she writer…with humour and sensitivity so that her work may well appeal both to a sophisticated academic reader and to an informed general reader.” – Professor Stevie Davies [now Professor of Creative Writing, Swansea University].

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This landmark book – entirely unobtainable for several years - is one of the few essential studies for the two most famous Bronte novels.

It offers a fascinating account of how these two novels have so influentially passed into the general culture in every respect– on the stage, in film and television, in books, illustrations, comic books and paintings, operatic ballet and musical versions, parodies, allusions, as well as later ‘re-workings’ of the original plots.

No other book provides such a record of the processes by which the two books have been transformed and transmitted.

This exhaustive study offers analysis of the various texts in terms of their historical and generic construction, aiming to relate the form of each derivative to its ideological function.

This is achieved through a mix of traditional literary criticism with feminist, psychoanalytic and deconstructive techniques. This creates a book which is both entertaining in its appeal to the general reader and searching for student and scholar in both literary and cultural history.

The work offers a detailed bibliography, and is enhanced by black and white illustrations.

 

About the author

 

Dr. Patsy Stoneman is Reader in English at the University of Hull, where she has taught since 1966. Her main areas of study are the nineteenth-century English novel, especially the novels of the Brontës and Elizabeth Gaskell, and women's studies in English. 

 

“[This book] is original, well-conceived and topical…[and] provides a fresh and informative way of examining these two novels. It is theoretically alert, well-written and well-sustained…[and] will be read both by scholars and undergraduates…working in both literary criticism and cultural or communication studies.” – Professor Rick Rylance [now Director, Institute of English Studies, University of London].

Reviews

“Patsy Stoneman is uniquely qualified to fulfil the task she has set herself…Throughout…she shows herself capable of subjecting this vast wealth of material to forensic analysis. At the same time she writer…with humour and sensitivity so that her work may well appeal both to a sophisticated academic reader and to an informed general reader.” – Professor Stevie Davies [now Professor of Creative Writing, Swansea University].