CfP – Charlotte Brontë: A Bicentennial Celebration of her Life and Works – 13-14 May 2016 – Chawton, Hampshire

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Call for Papers (deadline 15 January 2016)

Charlotte Brontë: A Bicentennial Celebration of her Life and Works

Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire. 13-14th May, 2016

2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, one of England’s most beloved authors. Her writings, which constitute some of the most original and striking literature of the nineteenth century, continue to provoke rigorous academic debate. Brontë’s first published novel, Jane Eyre, written under the pseudonym of Currer Bell, rocked polite society with its portrayal of passion and madness. Yet astonishingly, the author was discovered to be a small, plain and shy clergyman’s daughter. This anomaly has inspired contemporary and subsequent generations to examine both the life and work of the woman described by contemporary writer, Harriet Martineau, as “the frail little creature who had done such wonderful things”.

This bicentennial conference – in the village of Chawton…

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