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Emily Brontë: Heretic

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A look at the life and times of one of Britain's most intriguing and exceptional women writers.
Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Women's Press (UK) (first published September 1997)
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Becky
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Wow! How deep can you go when analyzing someone??? Emily Bronte is my favorite person in that if I could bring back to life someone famous so I could probe their mind, it would be her. She is my favorite poet along with Edgar Allen Poe. Let’s just say a huge part of my need to understand her was quenched by Davies' book. Davies turned Emily upside down & inside OUT!! It's all too complicated for me to repeat even a sniplet, but I got it - I got it! Let’s just say I feel like I got a ...more
Jamie
Apr 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of the Brontes, Wuthering Heights, biographies
Recommended to Jamie by: Thesis advisor
Stevie Davies' "Emily Bronte: Heretic" is an incredibly insightful and fascinatingly written analysis of Emily Jane's work and (to a smaller extent) life. That Davies is a novelist lends to this critical work a highly accessible and interesting style. She attempts to dispel some of the myths about Bronte--namely those of her as hermited virgin, suicidal misanthropist, and amateur. The chapters on double-readings in Wuthering Heights and Bronte's fascination with animals v. human nature are ...more
TheBohemianBookworm
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I don't have enough words to describe how great this book is, but the author definitely does. This book may very well be the most monumental every written on Emily. It feels as if the author knows her and I can practically feel Emily hovering over my shoulder as I read this, nodding her head with approval. Emily was a complex woman and far from simplifying her, this novel embraces the enigma that she is while seeking to bring us closer to her. It made me, already an ardent Emily fan, fall even ...more
Angela
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Davies does have SOME good insights here, in places. She brings a few nuggets of biography I didn't know before, and her translation, from French into English, of the two short essays Emily Bronte wrote for Monsieur Heger were useful for those of us unable to access the originals. However, in many ways this is a far too rambling rendition of Davies's subjective interpretations of Emily to suit herself - a danger of course in all literary criticism and history and biography writing. Davies does ...more
Andrew Howdle
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As this is Emily Bronte's bicentenary, this book ought to be a must read. The book offers a penetrating reading of EB from a feminist and human perspective. The left-hand psychological aspect is fascinating. This book is superlative literary criticism written by an author who is empathetic with EB and the natural world. Stevie Davies reads Wuthering Heights almost as a sustained poem, listening to the internal rhymes, alliteration and patterns that appear in EB's prose. This is an illuminating ...more
Sasha
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grad-school
Davies' exploration of the life of Emily Bronte as well as her writings made for a fascinating read. Using Bronte's Brussels essays, poetry, and "Wuthering Heights", Davies pieces together theories about the motivations and influences that drove Bronte to create her powerful and enigmatic novel. Her arguments are insightful and expository, but respectful of the life of a writer on whom we can speculate but never truly know.
Nada
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant reading of Wuthering Heights.
Tara
Sep 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Brilliant, original reading of Emily Bronte's work - captured her unique genius with courage & imagination
Sandy Lender
Apr 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
I didn't get the impression that Mr. Davies did much research for this book, or took proper time to edit it for his audience. Much of the information was rehashed from sources I had already read or cited for papers of my own in college. The volume is put together like a self-published vanity book that his university refused to recognize as valid literary or research work and his theories don't hold much weight when you consider Emily's stringent religious upbringing, etc. This isn't the place to ...more
Velvetink
Feb 03, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: biography, wishlist
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Welsh born Stevie Davies is a novelist, literary critic, biographer and historian. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the Academi Gymreig and is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Swansea.