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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 at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, and director of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture. He is the editor of the St. Austin Review and the Ignatius Critical Editions series editor. He is the author of three books on Shakespeare, published by Ignatius Press: The Quest for Shakespeare: The Bard of Avon and the Church of Rome (2008), Through Shakespeare's Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays (2010), and Shakespeare on Love: Seeing the Catholic Presence in Romeo and Juliet (2013). He has also published books on a number of modern literary figures, including Oscar Wilde, G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Roy Campbell, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Dedra McDonald Birzer
Dedra McDonald Birzer is Lecturer in History at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. She holds a doctorate in history from the University of New Mexico. Turning her historian's eye toward literature, she has contributed essays to several Ignatius Critical Editions and also teaches and writes about American women who were public intellectuals in the 1920s–1960s.
Crystal Downing received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. She 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. Her three books explore the relationship between Christianity and poststructuralism: Writing Performances (2004); How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith (2006); and Changing Signs of Truth (2012).
Theresa M. Kenney
Theresa Kenney received her Ph.D. 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.