Classic in a Day - ‘Wuthering Heights: Dancing with Death’ - Sat 22nd Sept
10.30am – 4pm, John Peek Room
£29/£26 for Members of the BMI
(lunch and refreshments not included)
This “Classic in a Day” we will focus on one of the great romantic novels of our time, and ask the question: Just how romantic is the “deadly” character of Heathcliff? Closely related to Rochester, and Arthur Huntingdon (the Tenant of Wildfell Hall) Emily Bronte gives us a portrait of an untamed Byronic Hero who, whilst being a cruel bully, also manages to be devilishly attractive! But are we wrong to read Cathy and Heathcliff as realistic portraits? Are they more myth than human, opposing conventional Victorian ideas of heaven and salvation, and is Emily more of a poet than her more socially observant sisters?
In the bi-centennial year of Emily Bronte’s birth, Polly Wright and Maggie Markworthy will explore aspects of Emily’s work through discussions of extracts of Wuthering Heights and some of her poetry and ask the question: Is her work Romantic in another sense- with strong connections to the themes of the Romantic poets of the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries?
Please bring a copy of the book with you!
Illustration by Fritz Eichenberg, 1943