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9. The City and the Country
About this Lecture
In this module, we think more about setting of the novel, and how perceptions of the countryside changed with the rapid growth of cities in the early nineteenth century. In particular, we think about the conception of the countryside as the answer to the problems posed by rapid urbanisation – something which links back to our earlier module on alienation.
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 - The City and the Country [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/bronte-wuthering-heights/the-city-and-the-country
Bown, A. "Bronte: Wuthering Heights – The City and the Country." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/bronte-wuthering-heights/the-city-and-the-country