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"Th' Divil's harried off his soul," he cried, "and he may hev' his carcass into t' bargin, for aught I care!"
Wuthering Heights is one of the classic novels of nineteenth century romanticism. As a major work of modern literature it retains its controversial status. What was Emily Brontë's intention? Were her intentions iconoclastic? Were they feminist? Were they Christian or post-Christian? Who are the heroes and the villains in this dark masterpiece? Are there any heroes? Are there any villains?
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ICE Study Guides are constructed to aid the reader of ICE classics to achieve a level of critical and literary appreciation befitting the works themselves.
Ideally suited for students themselves and as a guide for teachers, the ICE Study Guides serve as a complement to the treasures of critical appreciation already included in ICE titles.
This critical edition of Emily Brontë's classic includes new and controversial critical essays by some of the leading lights in contemporary literary scholarship.
A look at the essays
Dedra McDonald Birzer's contribution demonstrates the how the theme of love (both fallen and sublime) plays out in the novel.
Then Crystal Downing tries to show new sources for the text, and in the process throw light on some things that 'haunt' the tale.
Finally, Theresa M. Kenney carefully traces out the novel's structure and content to get to an understanding of the moral and supernatural vision of Wuthering Heights, which is so often given up as obscure by various commentators. [Read excerpt.]
Joseph Pearce situates the reader with the introductory essay.
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Meet the Minds behind the Wuthering Heights Edition
Joseph Pearce is Writer in Residence and Associate Professor of Literature at Ave Maria University. He is editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press, as well as co-editor of the Saint Austin Review (or StAR), an international review of Christian culture, literature, and ideas published in England (Family Publications) and the United States (Sapientia Press). He is the author of two books on Shakespeare and has also written biographies and critical studies of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, OscarWilde, G. K. Chesterton, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Dedra McDonald Birzer
Dedra McDonald Birzer is a lecturer in history at Hillsdale College in Michigan. A historian by training with a doctoral degree from the University of New Mexico (2000), Birzer's research interests range from family life in the Spanish colonial borderlands to female "men of letters" in twentieth-century America. She is the author of the forthcoming book "Something No Other Woman Has Been Yet": America's First Generation of Public Intellectual Women.
Critical Essays In
With a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Crystal Downing has published on a wide variety of literary topics, from Shakespeare to the Brontës, and has won both national and international awards for her essays on film. Much of her recent scholarship focuses on the relationship between postmodernism and faith. Her first book, Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers (Palgrave), was granted the Barbara Reynolds Award for outstanding Sayers scholarship in 2009. Her second book, How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith (IVP Academic) is used as a textbook in college and seminary classrooms throughout North America.
Downing taught Shakespeare for many years at UCLA before taking a position at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, where she is professor of English and film studies. In addition to presentations at academic conferences, her work on Shakespeare has appeared in College Literature and Literature/Film Quarterly.
Theresa M. Kenney
Theresa Kenney received her PhD from Stanford and is former chair of the Department of English at the University of Dallas. She is the author of "Women Are Not Human": A Renaissance Treatise and Responses and several articles on Austen, Dante, and Donne. She is also academic program chairman for the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America.