20th century, Arts

Intensity of vision: A.S. Byatt’s The Shadow of the Sun

By Victoria Elliott The English faculty of Cambridge in the 1950s belonged to two men: Lawrence and Leavis. For a female undergraduate with ambitions to write, the pressure could have been crushing: the lessons were that literature should be moral to be great, and that very few were capable of greatness, so you were better… Continue reading Intensity of vision: A.S. Byatt’s The Shadow of the Sun

19th century, Arts

Rebellion against the ‘silken snare’: two Bronte sisters and the struggle against convention

By Elly McCausland The authors of both Jane Eyre (1847) and Wuthering Heights (1847) present women that rebel against constraining and oppressive social norms, attempting to free their passionate natures from the many limiting forms of the yokes and moulds of convention. However, there is a stark difference between the ways in which both sisters'… Continue reading Rebellion against the ‘silken snare’: two Bronte sisters and the struggle against convention