Two hundred years since her birth, the novels of Charlotte Brontë continue to enthuse readers. Even a modern generation raised on Facebook status updates still finds something compelling about the lives of her characters narrated in long works of fiction. Charlotte Brontë Revisited, written by twenty-something Sophie Franklin, takes a twenty-first-century view of the author and her writing.
Everybody knows Charlotte Brontë. World-famous for her novel Jane Eyre, she’s a giant of literature and has been written about in reverential tones in scores of textbooks over the years. But what do we really know about Charlotte?
Why do so many of us continue to seek such strange forms of connection with long-dead authors, artists, people we never knew?
Introduction, Charlotte Brontë Revisited
In this bicentennial year, Charlotte Brontë Revisited looks at Charlotte through 21st-century eyes. Discover her private world of convention, rebellion and imagination, and how they shaped her life, writing and obsessions – including the paranormal, nature, feminism and politics.
It’s a celebration of all things Charlotte Brontë, and emphatically shows why she’s as relevant today as she ever was.
Sophie Franklin is a PhD student in English Studies at Durham University. Charlotte Brontë Revisited is out now, published by Saraband. Join Sophie at York Explore Library on 11th July 2016, to discover Charlotte as never before.