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Charlotte Bronte by Carl Plasa
Book DescriptionThe writings of Charlotte BrontA" - a member of one of the great literary families - have inspired, fascinated and moved readers ever since their first publication in the mid-nineteenth century. In this new study, Carl Plasa elaborates a series of textually focused, historically grounded and theoretically informed analyses of the full range of the author's texts. As well as providing original readings of BrontA"'s four best known novels - The Professor, Jane Eyre, Shirley and Villette - attention is given to less familiar and critically neglected areas of BrontA"'s work, such as the Ashanti narratives, the poetry and the Belgian essays of the early 1840s. Charlotte BrontA"'s work has undergone a significant reassessment from a postcolonial critical perspective in recent years. By examining BrontA"'s textual production from its exuberant and experimental beginnings to the formal complexity of Villette, her last completed novel, Plasa offers what is the most comprehensive exploration to date of the shifts in the writer's engagement with the question of colonialism. In so doing, he brings to light the subtle relationships of continuity and transformation between the earlier and later stages of BrontA"'s literary career and demonstrates the extent to which that career was sparked and driven by her 'colonial imagination'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333922484
(216mm x 135mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 8-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carl Plasa
Charlotte Bronte, Hardback (April 2004)
This text provides historically and theoretically informed readings of the full range of Charlotte Bronte's texts, including new analyses of her four best known novels and other less familiar work, such as the Ashanti narratives, the poetry and the Belgian essays.
Jean Rhys, Paperback (November 2001)
Carl Plasa provides a survey and analysis of critical responses to Wide Sargasso Sea. The opening chapter outlines initial reactions to the novel. Chapter Two explores Wide Sargasso Sea's dialogue with Jane Eyre and the questions it has raised. Succeeding chapters examine how critics have assessed the racial politics of Rhys's text.
Textual Politics from Slavery to Postcolonialism, Paperback (April 2000)
Exploring questions of race and identification in writings from the Enlightenment to the 1990s, this study draws on postcolonial theory, and provides close readings of texts by Olaudah Equiano, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Jean Rhys, Frantz Fanon, Toni Morrison and Tsitsi Dangarembga.
Toni Morrison, Paperback (April 2000)» View all books by Carl Plasa
Carl Plasa presents and analyzes the most important writings on Toni Morrison's "Beloved", beginning with a discussion of the novel's reception and a consideration of the selected interviews with Morrison in the years following the publication.
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Author Biography - Carl Plasa
CARL PLASA is Lecturer in Literature at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, University of Wales, UK.
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