The esteemed Durham graduate, William Weightman, became the Reverend Partick Brontë’s second curate in August 1839. Recently, he had just graduated with a Licentiate in Theology at Durham University. This was a fairly new qualification, Durham the first university to attempt to apply Anglican doctrine to academia – Bob Gamble discusses this further in his […]Read more "William Weightman: The Brontës’ Valentine"
I start this post with a sad year for the Brontë family. On the 19th December 1848, Emily Brontë passed away at home. Mary Crain dramatizes her death, picturing her looking out of her living room window for the last time, beholding her ‘beloved moors covered with a light blanket of snow’. On Christmas Eve […]Read more "Christmas at the Brontë Parsonage"
Imagism is a strand of Modernism, born from the poetry of T. E. Hulme and chiefly associated with literary figures such as Ezra Pound and Hilda Doolittle. Pound’s poem, ‘In a Station of the Metro’, emphasises the Imagist’s belief that poetry should be expressed with clarity using precise visual imagery: Pound’s blunt expression was a reaction against traditional Romantic […]Read more "Charlotte Brontë: A Modernist Poet?"
Call for Papers: Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth Century. University of Hull, 20th-21st May 2015. Keynotes: Doctor Holly Furneaux and Professor Joanne Bailey. To commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and the lasting impact of the Napoleonic Wars upon the history of militarism, submissions are welcomed for ‘Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth […]Read more "Call for Papers: Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth Century."
Inspired by the recent Brontë conference I attended at Warwick University, I’m currently re-reading Villette. Molly Ryder, a PhD student at the University of Exeter, gave a fantastic paper on Lucy Snowe and confinement, looking at the more ‘horror’ aspects of the narrative. I’ve always really appreciated Charlotte’s most mature work, and, having been invited […]Read more "Charlotte Brontë’s Devilish Attraction."
In an 1865 edition of All the Year Round, Charles Dickens shared his comments on the changing face of Victorian fatherhood: The British father has undergone a great metamorphosis of late years. He has relaxed his old severity of aspect, and become more human […]. Love and sympathy and intelligent communion have taken the place of […]Read more "Unstable Fathers: Paternal Infanticide and Victorian Sensation Fiction."
Many scholars ignore the Brontës’ juvenilia, and it’s not surprising. The intricate web the young siblings wove in their respective kingdoms of Glasstown/Angria & Gondal is complicated and dense. Today’s post is going to be about Glasstown, Angria and, the main driving force in Charlotte and Branwell’s saga, war. Although war within Emily and Anne’s Gondal […]Read more "Making Sense of War in Charlotte and Branwell Brontë’s Juvenilia."
This post will briefly introduce you to the foundations of my research, the transmogrification of Wellington and Napoleon into Charlotte and Branwell’s childhood writings. Later this month, I’ll be speaking about the Brontës’ relationship to war at the annual Brontë Society conference. My paper, which attempts to establish Charlotte and Branwell as post-war authors, will convey how […]Read more "The Brontës and War: Reinventing Wellington and Napoleon."
The diverse yet complimentary nature of the day’s papers made each panel a delight to watch, subjects such as identity, childhood, gender and the occult tying together individual research to create a thematic umbrella, exposing the current trends in Victorian life-writingRead more "The Rise and Fall of Victorian Biography – A Postgraduate Conference."
Although I get tonnes of pleasure from my work, Bessie serves as my grounding to the world outside of academia. Her nudges, kisses, snuggles and loving company provide the perfect therapy to my hectic work life.Read more "Bessie & Me: How Animal Therapy Made Me a Better Academic."