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The Brontës and Education


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Introduction; Part I. Education and Society: 1. The education of the people; 2. The improvement of the mind; Part II. Home and School: 3. Household education versus school training; 4. Parents and children; 5. Professional educators in the home; 6. Schools and schooling; Part III. Subjects and Skills: 7. A sound English education; 8. Religion and education; 9. The accomplishments; 10. Male and female education; 11. Beyond the schoolroom: reading and the Brontes; Part IV. Strategies and Methods: 12. Pedagogical purposes and principles; 13. Schoolroom practices; Part V. Originality and Freedom: 14. Docility and originality; 15. Liberty and responsibility; Select bibliography; Index.

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A 2007 exploration of how the Brontes' fiction engages with the intense debates on education in the nineteenth century.


Review of the hardback: '... a valuable ... addition to our understanding of the Bronte family's life and works ... The strength of Thormahlen's approach is her assured assembling of developments and theories that were the educational landscape against and in which the members of the family lived their lives and wove their fictional spells ... Her strengths lie in the crisp, objective and lively review she undertakes in her studies, backed up by telling and generous notes that seduce one into further research ... Thormahlen triumphs in the light she shines on the educational world in which the family lived ... This book is an exciting helpmate in the struggle to secure a firm understanding of factors that fed the Bronte sisters' imaginative development ...' Bronte Studies
Review of the hardback: '... compelling and unique book ... This thoroughly researched volume looks at ... contemporaneous education controversies. Summing up: highly recommended.' Choice
Review of the hardback: '... writes with considerable panache and vigor. In this reviewer's experience the book makes a very enjoyable read not only for a scholar public but for a general audience as well.'

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