The Brontës

Module code: EN7128

This module offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the fiction of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. You will extend your knowledge and understanding of the Brontës by thinking about their work analytically and critically in relation to the literary and historical contexts within which the sisters wrote and were received. You will be encouraged to pay attention to the differences between their writing as well as to their common ground, and to situate the novels in relation to women’s fiction at the period, issues of genre (e.g. gothic and realism) and thematic issues such as marriage, gender and sexuality, education, work and religion. We will also consider the power of the ‘Brontë myth’ in relation to biography, the heritage industry and criticism of the novels. The module will be assessed by one 3,000 word essay.


  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 1 hour of tutorials
  • 139 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 3,000 words (100%)