Marianne Thormählen

Senior Professor


An edited volume commissioned by Cambridge University Press was published in November 2012 under the title The Brontës in Context; it is now out in paperback. The book consists of 42 short chapters on all sorts of topics of interest to Brontë readers – from secondary-school pupils to researchers – who want to know more about the authors and their works viewed in the mid-nineteenth-century context. It has chapters about schools and professions, clothes and pleasures, religion and philosophy, politics, sexuality and family life. I have written the chapters on marriage, farming and industry.

I recently (2014) published a somewhat revisionist article on 'Christian Ethics in Wuthering Heights' (available online; just Google the title and it comes up).

Within the framework of a long-term project, I'm studying early-twentieth-century English poetry on the basis of a contention that the handbook distinction between ‘modernists’ and ‘traditional/Georgian’ poets is a latter-day academic construct: modernity happened to, and precoccupied, everyone who wrote poetry, and everyone was deeply concerned about his/her place in tradition. The leading modernist, T. S. Eliot, was not the greatest because he was a modernist (the question of his sole rival W. B. Yeats’s ‘modernist’ status is a vexed subject), but because like nobody else, he found words for modern man’s and woman’s fumbling for something to hold on to in life.

Recent research outputs

Marianne Thormählen, 2019, In : Bronte Studies. 44, 1, p. 5-19 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Marianne Thormählen, 2017, In : Literature Compass. 14, 12, e12428.

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