Mellon Scholars Program: “Shakespeare’s Sister” – Victorian Women and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights Through the Lens of Elizabethan Drama

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Dr. Julie Kipp, Hope College
Dr. Anne Heath, Hope College
Dr. William Pannapacker, Hope College

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Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights, engaged in a conversation with Shakespeare’s work, most clearly in her novel’s use of elements found within King Lear. As first suggested by Virginia Woolf, my project seeks to examine the ways in which Bronte’s prose responds to Shakespeare’s drama and how her novel functions as a social commentary on nineteenth-century gender politics, specifically notions of literature that exclude women from high-canonical status. In that sense, Bronte’s novel helped to establish the legitimacy of a women’s literary tradition.

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