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3. Heathcliff as Hero
About this Lecture
In this module, we continue our exploration of Romanticism by focusing on the concept of the Romantic hero – a man who is characterized by “a spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (to use a phrase from the Lyrical Ballads). In particular, we consider to extent to which Heathcliff is the quintessential Romantic hero.
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 - Heathcliff as Hero [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/bronte-wuthering-heights/heathcliff-as-hero
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