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About this Lecture
In this module, we consider the concept of alienation - “the sense of the loss of original human nature through the development of an ‘artificial’ civilization” (Raymond Williams). In particular, we think about the alienation of various characters in the novel – particularly Heathcliff and Lockwood – before exploring contemporary views on the causes of alienation at the time that the novel was written.
In this course we look at several aspects of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. In the first six sections, we focus on Romanticism and what it means to call Heathcliff a Romantic hero. In second six sections, we focus on individual themes in the novel, including the concepts of alienation, madness and hysteria, town and country, nostalgia, and the Gothic.
Alfie Bown is Lecturer in Digital Media Culture and Technology at Royal Holloway, University of London. His principle research interests are in psychoanalysis, digital media, critical theory and videogames, though he has also published in nineteenth-century studies, film studies and medieval studies. He is author of The Playstation Dreamworld (2017) and In the Event of Laughter (2018) among other things. His most recent book is an edited collection of essays entitled Post-Memes: Seizing the Memes of Production (2019).
Cite this Lecture
Bown, A. (2018, August 15). Bronte: Wuthering Heights - Alienation [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/bronte-wuthering-heights/alienation
Bown, Alfie. "Bronte: Wuthering Heights – Alienation." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/bronte-wuthering-heights/alienation