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Emily Bronte; Key Women Writers Series

Emily Bronte
Harvester Press, London & New York 1988
Where recent trends in feminist criticism have readily ascribed to Emily Brontë a specifically feminine 'anxiety of influence', this strikingly creative study posits an Emily Brontë whose writing remains radically and joyously free from the debilitating effects of male cultural traditions. Its theoretical basis lies not in the current orthodoxies of Freudian psychology but in modern theories of perception based on hemispheric specialisation in the brain.

A practising novelist herself, Stevie Davies is highly attuned to the tonalities of Emily Brontë's language, a language through which she structured a reversed perception of consensus reality, undercutting normative social and cultural conventions. 

Brontë's radical vision is most dramatically realised in Wuthering Heights, where male and female are seen not in opposition but rather as deeply mirroring identifications of the self. 

In examining the ways in which Emily Brontë achieved her radical effects, Stevie Davies here reveals that at the heart of Brontë's endeavour there resides an intransigent language of childhood, which enabled her not only to subvert gender distinctions but to create unique fictional worlds in a language of extraordinary power.

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