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Emily Brontë Reappraised

A view from the twenty-first century


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Emily Brontë’s incomparable Wuthering Heights is, for many of us, one of our most cherished novels, with the character of Heathcliff being the ultimate romantic hero – and villain. It is a work that has bewitched us for almost 200 years. But Emily herself remains an enigmatic figure, often painted unfairly in a negative light.

So Emily Brontë Reappraised conjures a new image of the great writer by looking at her afresh from the vantage point of the new millennium. It’s a biography with a twist, taking in the themes of her life and work – her feminism, her passion for the natural world – as well as the art she has inspired, and even the “fake news” stories about her. What we discover is that she was, in fact, a thoroughly modern woman. And now, in the 21st century, it’s time for the real Emily Brontë to please stand up.

REVIEWS OF Emily Brontë Reappraised

“O’Callaghan clearly knows her stuff… An original, valuable contribution that goes a long way to rehabilitating the image of one of the most influential female figures in English literature.” Katherine Clements, Northern Soul

“A fascinating read.” Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday

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Emily Brontë Reappraised

About the author

Claire O'Callaghan

Dr Claire O’Callaghan is a Lecturer in English in the School of Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University, where her research focuses on Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture, with an emphasis on gender, sexuality and queerness. She has published widely on these topics.

Praise for Claire O’Callaghan’s previous books:

“Unpicks the nuances … with sensitive political and literary insight.” Times Literary Supplement

“Important… original … a highly readable and valuable collection.” Mary Evans, London School of Economics