"Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights": Two Brontes, Two Masterpieces
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"Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights" were published in 1847 (under male pseudonyms) by sisters Charlotte and Emily Bronte, respectively. While these novels shocked many critics of the time, today they share the status of canonical literary masterpieces and are frequently adapted as films, plays, and mini-series. Both novels feature strong women protagonists who hunger for intellectual and emotional fulfillment in a world that sharply limits female social roles. Each novel deals with questions of power and conflict, identity and independence, and forbidden desire and marriage in ways that unsettled the Victorian mores of the era. At the same time, they are very different novels. "Jane Eyre," originally presented as an "autobiography," tells the story of a rebellious orphan who struggles to become an independent woman; "Wuthering Heights" is a Gothic tale that situates its conflicts in the tensions between a primitive, natural world and a decadent, modern one. Both novels hold haunting and provocative relevance for today.

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Class Sections For "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights": Two Brontes, Two Masterpieces (OSHER 724)

Spring 2023 Section 1, Starting on: 01/19/2023

Class meets in person. Recommended reading: Bronte Charlotte. (2013). Jane Eyre. Penguin Classics. ISBN-10: 9780141441146. ISBN-13: 978-0141441146; Bronte Emily. (2002). Wuthering Heights. Penguin Classics. ISBN-10: 0141439556. ISBN-13: 978-0141439556

Date(s) Day Time Location
01/19/23 - 02/23/23 Th 1:30 pm -3:00 pm UUCE 248
Tuition: $99.00      

Instructor: ELVENA BRADY

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