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Reflections on Charlotte Brontë: a personal view of ‘an independent will’

6th June 2018, 17:30 to 18:30, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College, Christine Alexander

Join Professor Christine Alexander, Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales, for this talk on Charlotte Brontë followed by a book launch, with refreshments. Organised by St. Mary's College. Places are limited so please register your free ticket via Eventbrite.

About this Talk

This talk will reflect on aspects of Charlotte Brontë’s life and work that have impressed me over many years of research on her juvenilia, novels, drawings and paintings. Much of this research is collected in the new Anniversary Edition of The Oxford Companion to The Brontës, which will be launched by Professor Michael O'Neill after the talk.

This event is co-organised with St Mary's College.

About the Speaker

Christine Alexander is Emeritus Scientia Professor of English in the School of the Arts and Media, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. She has written extensively on the Brontës, especially on their early writings—including a British Academy prize-winning book The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë (Blackwell 1983, pb 1984), a multi-volume Edition of the Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë (Blackwells, 1983, 1987, 1991), and a selection The Brontes: Tales of Glass Town, Angria and Gondal (OUP 2010).

Her other publications include the co-authored books The Art of the Brontës (CUP, 1995), The Oxford Companion to the Brontës (OUP, 2003, pb 2006), and The Child Writer from Austen to Woolf (CUP, 2005, pb 2009); and an edition of Jane Austen’s Love and Freindship and other Youth Writings (Penguin 2014, pb 2015). She has just published a new co-authored book commissioned for the Brontë Bicentenary— Celebrating Charlotte Bronte: Transforming Life into literature in ‘Jane Eyre’ (The Brontë Society and Brontë Parsonage Museum, 2016).

She has also taught and published on gothic literature, Jane Austen, critical editing, literary juvenilia, and literature and landscape gardening; and she is director and general editor of the Juvenilia Press, an international research and pedagogic enterprise hosted by UNSW. She is currently working on the Brontës, visual arts and Romanticism; Jane Austen and landscape; literary juvenilia and the child writer; and a Brontë critical editing project.

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