Charlotte Bronte and Victorian Psychology (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture) Shuttleworth, Sally. Published by Cambridge University Press, 1996. Printed 1999. xiv, 289 pages including index. Blue scalloped boards with black titles front and spine. In unread condition without marks, tears or folds; lacks dustjacket.
This ground-breaking study successfully challenges the traditional tendency to regard Charlotte Bronte as having existed in a historical vacuum. Using texts ranging from local newspapers to medical tomes belonging to the Brontes’, Sally Shuttleworth explores Victorian constructions of psychology, sexuality and insanity, and traces the ways in which Charlotte Brontë’s texts operate in relation to this complex framework. Shuttleworth offers a reading of Brontë’s fiction informed by a new understanding of the psychological debates of her time. 002683 $50