Charlotte Brontë and the Politics of Cloth: The ‘vile rumbling mills’ of Yorkshire

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620592
Title:
Charlotte Brontë and the Politics of Cloth: The ‘vile rumbling mills’ of Yorkshire
Authors:
Wynne, Deborah
Abstract:
This essay examines Charlotte Brontë’s engagement with the textile industry from her earliest writings to her 1849 Condition of England novel Shirley in order to emphasise the role that Yorkshire and its staple industry played in her writing. Critics have discussed Brontë’s interest in textile production largely in relation to Shirley. However, her fascination with cloth manufacturing is evident in many of her Angrian tales and some of her unfinished novels. This essay argues that through her early representations of mills and mill owners Brontë formulated an understanding of political conflict and masculine power which helped to shape her mature writing. This culminates in Shirley with her critique of the taboo against educated women entering careers in trade and manufacturing.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Wynne, D. (2017 - in press). Charlotte Brontë and the Politics of Cloth: The ‘vile rumbling mills’ of Yorkshire. Brontë Studies, 43(1).
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Brontë Studies
Publication Date:
1-Jan-2018
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620592
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1474-8932
Appears in Collections:
English

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dc.contributor.authorWynne, Deborahen
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-10T10:32:06Z-
dc.date.available2017-08-10T10:32:06Z-
dc.date.issued2018-01-01-
dc.identifier.citationWynne, D. (2017 - in press). Charlotte Brontë and the Politics of Cloth: The ‘vile rumbling mills’ of Yorkshire. Brontë Studies, 43(1).en
dc.identifier.issn1474-8932-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620592-
dc.description.abstractThis essay examines Charlotte Brontë’s engagement with the textile industry from her earliest writings to her 1849 Condition of England novel Shirley in order to emphasise the role that Yorkshire and its staple industry played in her writing. Critics have discussed Brontë’s interest in textile production largely in relation to Shirley. However, her fascination with cloth manufacturing is evident in many of her Angrian tales and some of her unfinished novels. This essay argues that through her early representations of mills and mill owners Brontë formulated an understanding of political conflict and masculine power which helped to shape her mature writing. This culminates in Shirley with her critique of the taboo against educated women entering careers in trade and manufacturing.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectCharlotte Brontëen
dc.subjectHaworthen
dc.subjectTextile manufacturingen
dc.subjectYorkshireen
dc.titleCharlotte Brontë and the Politics of Cloth: The ‘vile rumbling mills’ of Yorkshireen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalBrontë Studiesen
dc.date.accepted2017-07-12-
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