The Brontës and Religion

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Abbreviations and editions

The Clarendon edition of the Brontë novels is the one most often referred to by scholars. It is expensive, though, and not even all Brontë researchers own a set. In view of this, and as the highly affordable World's Classics edition by Oxford University Press prints the same text and explanatory notes, I have preferred to make parenthetic references to the novels as issued under the World's Classics imprint. Upper-case Roman numerals refer to volume numbers (wherever appropriate), lower-case ones to chapters and Arabic figures to page numbers.

The following editions are the ones referred to in the text.

CHARLOTTE BRONTË

The Professor, ed. Margaret Smith and Herbert Rosengarten, with an introduction by Margaret Smith (Clarendon edition in 1987; issued as a World's Classics paperback in 1991)

Jane Eyre, ed. with an introduction by Margaret Smith (Clarendon edition in 1975; issued as a World's Classics paperback in 1980)

Shirley, ed. Herbert Rosengarten and Margaret Smith, with an introduction by Margaret Smith (Clarendon edition in 1979; issued as a World's Classics paperback in 1981)

Villette, ed. Margaret Smith and Herbert Rosengarten, with an introduction by Margaret Smith (Clarendon edition in 1984; issued as a World's Classics paperback in 1990)

EMILY BRONTË

Wuthering Heights, ed. with an introduction by Ian Jack (Clarendon edition in 1976; issued as a World's Classics paperback in 1981); a new edition has an introduction by Patsy Stoneman

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Abbreviations and Editions ix
  • Introduction 1
  • I - Denominations *
  • Chapter 1 - A Christian Home in Early Nineteenth-Century England: Evangelicalism, Dissent and the Brontë Family 13
  • Chapter 2 - Charlotte Brontë and the Church of Rome 24
  • Chapter 3 - An Undenominational Temper 39
  • II - Doctrines *
  • Chapter 4 - The Brontës in the Theological Landscape of Their Time 47
  • Chapter 5 - God and His Creation 53
  • Chapter 6 - Faith and Redemption 71
  • Chapter 7 - This Life and the Next 90
  • III - Ethics *
  • Chapter 8 - Forgiveness and Revenge 119
  • Chapter 9 - The Christian Life 144
  • IV - Clerics *
  • Chapter 10 - Clergymen in the Brontë Novels 173
  • Chapter 11 - The Enigma of St John Rivers 204
  • Notes 221
  • Select Bibliography 271
  • Index 278
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