The Brontes and Religion

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März 2004



This is the first full-length study of religion in the fiction of the Brontë s. Drawing on extensive knowledge of the Anglican church in the nineteenth century, Marianne Thormä hlen shows how the Brontë s' familiarity with the contemporary debates on doctrinal, ethical and ecclesiastical issues informs their novels. Divided into four parts, the book examines denominations, doctrines, ethics and clerics in the Brontë s' work. Lucid and vigorously written, it will open up new perspectives Brontë specialists and enthusiasts alike on a fundamental aspect of the novels greatly neglected in recent decades.


Introduction; Part I. Denominations: 1. A Christian home in early nineteenth-century England: Evangelicalism, Dissent and the Bronte family; 2. Charlotte Bronte and the church of Rome; 3. An undenominational temper; Part II. Doctrines: 4. The Brontes in the theological landscape of their time; 5. God and his creation; 6. Faith and redemption; 7. This life and next; Part III. Ethics: 8. Forgiveness and revenge; 9. The enigma of St John Rivers; Bibliography; Index.


'For those seeking a solid and scholarly guide to these writers in the religious context of their time this is an excellent book ... it is the kind of writing which will endure and remain valuable for many years to come.' Theology
EAN: 9780521604574
ISBN: 0521604575
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2004
Seitenanzahl: 300 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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