The Brontës and Religion (hardback)
appeared from Cambridge University Press in 1999. The first full-length study of religion in the Brontë fiction, it shows how the Brontës’ familiarity with the contemporary debates on doctrinal, ethical, and ecclesiastical issues informs their novels. Divided into four parts, the book examines denominations, doctrines, ethics, and clerics in the work of the Brontës. The analyses of the novels clarify the constant interplay of human and divine love in their development. While demonstrating that the Brontës’ fiction is usually in agreement with the basic tenets of Evangelical Anglicanism, The Brontës and Religion emphasises the characteristic spiritual freedom and audacity of the Brontës. Lucid and vigorously written, it opens up new perspectives for Brontë specialists and enthusiasts alike on a fundamental aspect of the novels greatly neglected in recent decades.
Excerpts from reviews: “[a] well-informed [study] based on scrupulous readings and meticulous judgments” (Times Literary Supplement); “[the author’s] willingness to read with the grain of the novels’ religion makes for absorbing reading” (Victorian Studies); “a refreshingly textual study of the Brontës’ fiction” (The Review of English Studies); “a work of extraordinarily comprehensive scholarship” (The Journal of Ecclesiastical History); “the kind of writing which will endure and remain valuable for many years to come” (Theology); “I very much enjoyed this book” (Reviews in Religion & Theology).
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
Selected short stories by Axel Thormählen, bilingual edition (English/German)The tales in this collection could hardly be more diverse where content is concerned, ranging from the Christmas story 23 December to the young love of Dyke Crest Lane No. 1. We also meet the Construction Worker who keeps interrupting our lives with his relentless noise, the ancient church servant Thomas who inhabits the cathedrals where we catch our breath, and the old woman for whom the only uplifting thing is the Water Tower which rises near her house. In the familiar Course of Things, illness, healing process, and death go hand in hand; the Happy Man knows that, too, whereas the Churchgoer is still searching for a monumental meaning in life. We’d better make use of our Visiting Hour even if things keep breaking into little pieces, again and again. https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781934254042/a-happy-man-and-other-stories.aspx Book Reviews Blog http://www.dalkeyarchive.com/catalog/show_comment/1594 http://skylightbooks.blogspot.com/2008/07/my-encounter-with-happy-man.html http://www.bookslut.com/fiction/2008_11_013686.php http://www.theshortreview.com/reviews/AxelThormahlenAHappyMan.htm Interview with Axel Thormählen http://www.theshortreview.com/authors/AxelThormahlen.htm