You will be studying “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte as one of your main texts next year.
As a way of preparing yourselves, we would like you to complete the following tasks.
1 Research Victorian Literature.
Produce a mind-map that gives an overview of Victorian Literature. You could start your search at www.online-literature.com/priods/victorian.php or, for a more informal approach, you could look at www.shmoop.cpm/victorian-literature/
You should consider the following;
Writers and Poets
Novels and poems
Political/Scientific and Technological Developments etc.
- Read Wuthering Heights chapters 1-3
(This can be accessed free online at: www.pagebypagebooks.com)
- After reading Chapter 1, collect quotations about Heathcliff (as described by Lockwood) and write a brief summary of Heathcliff’s character so far which will enable you to discuss this in your group upon your return.
- After reading Chapter 2, consider how you, as a reader, view Lockwood. Is he a reliable narrator? Present your ideas in note form.
- After reading Chapter 3, complete the attached ‘Gothic Grid’ worksheet.
If you would like to find out more, there are various documentaries on the Bronte sisters and Victorian life that can be accessed on Youtube, for example, “In Search of the Brontes” and “Victorian Era Documentaries”.
Also, if you are looking for some summer reading, why not try “Far from the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen or “Hard Times” by Charles Dickens to really get a taste of Victorian Literature?
Have a lovely holiday
“Gothic Literature is a genre of novel that was popular in the late 18th and 19th century and is characterised by an atmosphere of mystery and horror, and with a pseudo-medieval setting.” (Oxford English Dictionary)
Some of the features of Gothic Literature are:
- Settings: wild and remote, with old castles, gloomy dungeons, monasteries
- The supernatural: ghosts, dreams, danger and death
- Atmosphere: claustrophobic and sinister, with turbulent or gloomy weather
- Mood: fear of imprisonment, strong emotions, desire for self-expression and freedom
Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights was first published in 1847. Chapter 3 uses gothic conventions to create conditions for Mr Lockwood’s encounter with the ghost of the older Cathy. Read this chapter and write a brief summary of its plot and narrative.
The examples of gothic features attached (click here) focus on Mr Lockwood’s confrontation with the ghost, which begins about half way through the chapter. Read these examples and answer the questions about them and then find more from the rest of the chapter.