‘The world within I doubly prize…’: Reassessing Emily Brontë at 200

deadline for submissions: 
July 25, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The Department of English Diamond Harbour Women’s University in Collaboration with Centre for Victorian Studies (CVS), Jadavpur University
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The Department of English

Diamond Harbour Women’s University

in Collaboration with

Centre for Victorian Studies (CVS), Jadavpur University

Will Organise a

One Day Symposium on 16th November, 2018

 

‘The world within I doubly prize…’: Reassessing Emily Brontë at 200

 

The year 2018 marks the bicentenary of Emily Brontë’s birth, one of nineteenth century’s most enigmatic and imaginative women writers. Although her greatest claim to fame still rests upon her solo novel Wuthering Heights – a grand saga of passion enacted against the timeless Moors – her poetry also reveals a powerful inner world of imaginative and spiritual bonding with the Supreme Being. Emily and her siblings were an exclusive band who were mostly unschooled, made very few friends in the village, their playgrounds being the open moors at the back of their home and their own vivid imaginations. Emily a literary prodigy from a very young age collaborated with her sister Anne in composing poetry and stories for their imaginary world of Gondal, though few of these details now survive, it may be surmised that Emily never  abandoned her imaginary world. Reclusive by nature she never wished to give up her nom de plume, Ellis Bell. Beyond the family she had almost no friends, none of her correspondences survive and yet it is possible to interpret that she blended reality and fantasy in equal measure, and despite little interaction with the outside world her characters yet were sharply observed and delineated. The main themes we may observe in the work of Emily and of her sisters, Charlotte and Anne,  are rather fierce, bold and passionate – hence unconventional and not exactly welcome in the Victorian England they lived in. It suggests that the sisters were not mere victims of their tragic lives but also strong and intelligent women. However, women were not supposed to be passionate and brave back then, they were not expected to have desires for equality and adventure, and therefore the novels of the Brontë sisters received mixed responses – often accepted with confusion and mistrust by both men and women.  At a English Literature department of a Women’s University we, thus, celebrate the creative genius that Emily Brontë was. By focusing on the powerful creative and imaginative force embodied by this nineteenth century woman writer, which has immortalized her and given her single novel a place in the canon, we seek to reassess her relevance after two hundred years. This resonates with our attempt to continuously celebrate female intellectual effort and achievement in every form and to instill courage in women to venture out in the present day world – which after all provides vistas and opportunities denied to Victorian women writers and intellectuals.

Academicians, research scholars and post graduate students may send well-espoused abstracts on these themes or any others relevant to the theme of reassessment of Emily Brontë:

Brontë Lives and Myths

Emily Brontë and Victorian Female Authorship

Emily Brontë and Imagination

Emily Brontë the Novelist

Emily Brontë and Her Influence

Emily Brontë and Religion

Emily Brontë: Critical Reception Down the Years

Emily Brontë and Nature

Re-working Romanticism and the Gothic in Emily Brontë

Representations of Liberty in Emily Brontë

Celebration/Critique of the Byronic Hero

 

Abstracts of not less than 500 words, along with keywords and a brief Bionote,  may be sent to Dr Oindrila Ghosh at oindrila_24@yahoo.com, by 25th July, 2018.  Acceptance of abstracts will be notified by 15th of August, 2018, tentatively. Thereafter full papers, for further review, shall be due by 15th September, 2018. There are plans for a Post-Symposium publication too.