“Charlotte Brontë and Europe: Images of Europeans in Brontë’s Early Writings and Novels”
While critics such as Longmuir, Lawson, Badowski and Lescart present intriguing analyses of how the French and Belgians are represented by Brontë, predominately in Villette, her other novels along with her juvenilia and letters invite us to consider how Europe and Europeans, in general, along with the French and Belgians, are portrayed by Brontë. Her earliest writings with her short tales, poems, and novellas, available in Christine Alexander’s multi-volume collection An Edition of The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë (1987-91) along with other editions of her juvenilia, invite new avenues of research for Bronte Studies and how her views of Europeans changed. Charlotte Brontë’s views of European culture are more complex than a simple view that she was essentially Anglocentric. This panel invites papers on any aspect of Charlotte Brontë’s ideas and portrayal of Europe or Europeans in her writings as well as any cross-references to her brother and/or sisters’ works where pertinent.
Please submit your 300-word abstract to https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html by September 30th.
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