English Seminar: The ironic hero and the beloved villain: ambivalence in Charlotte Brontë’s ‘The Professor’ and Emily Brontë’s ‘Wuthering Heights’
Stephanie Last, ‘The ironic hero and the beloved villain: ambivalence in Charlotte Brontë’s The Professor and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.’
Abstract: The protagonists in The Professor and Wuthering Heights are conflicted, highly ambivalent characters. Existing in the liminal space between villainy and heroism, these characters evade straightforward categorisation and provoke mixed feelings, and thus readers are forced into a state of critical and affective uncertainty. Drawing on Freud’s theories about ambivalence and the problematic of internal polarity, as well as the notions of reading and misreading, this paper will scrutinise the tension of opposites that is central to both of these Brontëan novels.
Biography: Stephanie Last is a PhD candidate in the English department at USYD. Her research centres on the psychology of villainy in the Victorian novel, with a focus on reading character at the critical-affective nexus.
This event will be held online via Zoom.
University staff and students can join the event in the Woolley Common Room, Level 4, John Woolley Building (A20).
Contact: Liam Semler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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