THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Villette
By Charlotte Brontë

A chapter from Caught in the Act by Joseph Litvak, a book exploring the theatricality in the nineteenth-century English novel. This chapter looks at authority and subversion in Brontë's novel, with reference to readings by several prominent theorists.
An essay by Anne Longmuir of Kansas State University which builds on contemporary Victorian accounts of emigrating spinsters for an analysis of the heroine of this novel and her relationship to English national identity.
An academic article by Nicole Bush which explores the role of fashion in this novel and the extent to which its narrator employs her choice of dress in negotiating foreign environments. With references to the work of Sara T. Bernstein and others.
A scholarly article by Diane Long Hoeveler of Marquette University featuring a largely socio-historic analysis of the employment and critique of Gothic tropes in Villette.
Essay by Anna Marutollo of McGill University on the de-construction of the domestic and the re-construction of Empire in Villette and George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss.