Branwell and the anti-hero

Thursday 13 June 2024

An online talk from the Brontë Parsonage Museum

An online talk from the Brontë Parsonage Museum

This talk will explore the impact of hero-worship on the Brontë family, which is especially visible in the juvenilia of Branwell and Charlotte. Through their early lessons from the Reverend Patrick Brontë, the Brontë children were led to support the great men of the Victorian period, like the Duke of Wellington.

As seen through early recollections from Charlotte these lessons greatly impacted the games and juvenilia of the Brontë children, with Charlotte naming her toy soldier after the Duke of Wellington. Branwell however did not adopt the same admiration and named his soldier after the anti-hero, Napoleon.

We’ll examine the impact of hero-worship on Branwell’s writing as an adolescent, seen through the early depictions of Napoleon within his juvenilia.
Date: Thursday 13 June, 7.30pm (BST)
Tickets: £5

This online event will take place via Zoom. This is a live event and will not be recorded. Please book your tickets before 5pm on Thursday 13 June to ensure you recieve your event link in time for the talk, and email if you haven't received the link by 5pm on the day of the talk. Thank you.

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This is an online event delivered via Zoom. Want to join person? We will be running an in-person version of this Thursday Talk at the Museum. Find out more.

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