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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - LSC-Kingwood

Emily Bronte retrieved from Bronte
1818 - 1848

Novelist and poet, Emily Bronte, is one of the most important figures in nineteenth century English literature.  Emily and her siblings were raised in the Yorkshire area of  England. Childhood imaginings shared with siblings became an important part of Emily's writings.  As an adult Emily recognized a metaphysical power in her life that made itself known in her greatest poems and is a profound presence in Wuthering Heights.  Set during late eighteenth century England, Wuthering Heights reflected the social upheaval occurring in England at the time Emily Bronte wrote the novel.   The industrialization of England had given rise to a middle class based on wealth instead of land ownership.  The arrival of Irish refugees from the potato famine presented the problem of parentless children in need of homes and socialization exemplified in the character of Heathcliff.  Ultimately, Emily portrays the problem of being female in the patriarchal culture of the early nineteenth century.

Wuthering Heights is a romance novel about destructive passion set in the northern English moors, a place of unpredictable weather and countryside.  The novel is the story of the Earnshaw family at Wuthering Heights and the Linton family at Thrushcross Grange, a neighboring property.  The stage is set when Catherine Earnshaw's father brings an orphan, Heathcliff, home to be a part of their family, growing up with, but socially beneath the other inhabitants of Wuthering Heights. Catherine and Heathcliff are passionate, unpredictable soulmates who finally meet each other in a ghostly relationship in the afterlife.  When Catherine's daughter, Cathy, and Hindley Earnshaw's son, Hareton, finally join happily in a loving relationship, the winter of Wuthering Heights becomes the spring of Thrushcross Grange.


Catherine Earnshaw - A beautiful, passionate, destructive heroine

Heathcliff - A passionate, vengeful hero with mysterious origins

Mr. Lockwood -  A young London gentleman who narrates the story of Wuthering Heights

Edgar Linton -  Catherine Earnshaw's gentle, loving husband

Isabella Linton -  Edgar Linton's selfish, tempestuous younger sister

Hindley Earnshaw -  Catherine Earnshaw's older brother

Catherine Linton -  Only child of Catherine Earnshaw and Edgar Linton

Hareton Earnshaw -  Son of Hindley Earnshaw

Linton Heathcliff -  Sickly son of Heathcliff and Isabella Linton  

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love/lovers, power, passion, class, gender, rebellion.

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Librarian Talk . . .  About Books!
  • Books offer helpful information about time periods, authors and the literary works. Use them to help begin your review of literature on Wuthering Heights.
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    Alexander, Christine, and Margaret Smith. The Oxford Companion to the Brontës. Oxford:  Oxford Press, 2003.
    REF PR 4167.A3O94

    Bloom, Harold, ed.  Major Authors Edition of the New Moulton's Library of Literary Criticism.  New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1988. Vol. 4.
    REF PR 85 .M33

    Bloom, Harold, ed.  New Moulton's Library of Literary Criticism.  New York:  Chelsea House Publishers, 1989. Vol. 7 .
    REF PR 85 .N39

    Draper, James P., ed.  World Literature Criticism.  Detroit, MI:  Gale Research Company, 1992.  Vol. 1.
    REF PN523 .W67 1992

    Scott-Kilvert, ed.  British Writers. New York:  Charles Scribner's Sons, 1982. Vol. 5.
    REF PR85 .B688 

    Paris, Bernard J.  Imagined human beings: a psychological approach to character and conflict in literature.
    RN56.P93 P38. This book is also available in NetLibrary (Books online). For home access, use your library barcode number to login and view e-books.



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    Academic Search Complete - Scholarly, multi-discipline database, with many full text articles.  Choose the Advanced Search feature and select "Full Text" and "Scholarly (Peer reviewed)" to get good results.  This database contains articles from the journal Bronte Studies, an excellent source of information on the Brontes.

     Literature Resource Center - Full text articles from reference books and Twayne's Masterworks books.  Journal articles, some full text and some excerpted.  Search for information by author, title or use custom search to combine the two.  The MLA database can also be accessed from this location by clicking on the MLA International Bibliography button.

    ProQuest Research Library - Over 1900 journals in all subjects, mostly full text. Search for "peer reviewed articles", and use the backfile as well as the current file.

    Project Muse This database contains only scholarly, full-text articles from selected journals, including more recent issues. Use the Advanced Search page for the most effective searches.

    JSTOR Print or save full-text articles from high quality scholarly journals, generally from older issues. Use the Advanced Search page for the most productive searches.


Librarian Talk about the Internet!

The internet can be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggested below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at:

  • Accuracy - The information should be researched and show proof of that research. 
  • Source - Look at the domain:  .edu   .gov   .org  .net are valid research sources. Your company's website is also a valuable resource.
  • Authority - What are the author's credentials? (Don't quote from another college freshman's paper.)
  • Coverage - Does the page have the information you need for your research?
  • Objectivity - If a work is biased, use it - just make sure your professor knows YOU know. Offer both sides of issues, where applicable. 
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    Wuthering Heights [sound recording]   Read by Hannah Gordon
    PR4172.W7 (Circulating Audio)

    Wuthering Heights [videorecording]  "A tortured love affir ends between Heathcliff and Cathy when Cathy marries the wealthy Edgar.  Heathcliff's savage retaliation upon the woman he loves explodes in a stunning climax."  Source: online catalog summary
    PR4172.W784 (Circulating Video)

    Wuthering Heights: a critical guide[videorecording]  "Story of two generations of the Barnshaw and Linton families as their lives and fortunes intertwine in a complex web dominated bu the passionate relationship between the doomed lovers Heathcliff and Cathering.  An interesting segment explains Bronte's use of double narrators to move back and forth in time."  Source: online catalog summary
    PR4172.W7 W88  (Circulating Video)

    Wuthering Heights [videorecording]  "An adaptation of Emily Bronte's classsic novel about two mismatched lovers and the terrible vengeance one takes on the people he blames for tearing them apart."  Source:  online catalog summary
    PR4172 .W98   (Circulating DVD) 

    Wuthering Heights [videorecording]  "A love story set in the Yorkshire moors in the early 19th century." Source: online catalog summary
    PR4172.W984  (Circulating DVD)

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Citing Sources Using the Library MLA Style Guide | Lone Star College-Kingwood Library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.

Avoiding Plagiarism   |   Excellent information and guide on how to avoid plagiarism from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.

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