The Brontës and Education (paperback)
All the seven Brontë novels are concerned with education in both senses, that of upbringing as well as that of learning. The Brontë sisters all worked as teachers before they became published novelists. In spite of the prevalence of education in the sisters’ lives and fiction, however, this is the first full-length book on the subject. Marianne Thormählen explores how their representations of fictional teachers and schools engage with the intense debates on education in the nineteenth century, drawing on a wealth of documentary evidence about educational theory and practice in the lifetime of the Brontës. This study offers much new information both about the Brontës and their books and about the most urgent issue in early-nineteenth-century British social politics: the education of the people, of all classes and both sexes.
Reviews so far
‘Compelling and unique … This thoroughly researched volume looks at … contemporaneous education controversies. Summing up: highly recommended.’ Choice
‘… writes with considerable panache and vigor. In this reviewer’s experience the book makes a very enjoyable read not only for a scholar public but for a general audience as well’. www.bronteblog.blogspot.com.
Read the whole review at http://bronteblog.blogspot.com/2007/07/bronts-and-education-review.html
‘… crisp, objective and lively … Thormählen triumphs in the light she shines on the educational world in which the family lived … This book is an exciting helpmate in the struggle to secure a firm understanding of factors that fed the Brontë sisters’ imaginative development …’ Brontë Studies
”Thormählen’s prose is lucid yet sophisticated, each paragraph redolent with pithy thoughts and new twists on familiar truths … Thormählen guides us sure-footedly … [the notes constitute] a veritable textbook on early nineteenth-century education … [The Brontës and Education is] a deeply satisfying work that enriches our appreciation of the Brontës and their world.” Modern Philology