Liberal Anguish: Wuthering Heights and the Structures of Liberal Thought

69 Nineteenth Century Literature 1, 2014

25 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2015

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Anat Rosenberg

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Radzyner School of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

After decades of sustained academic critiques along established lines, liberalism has recently attracted renewed evaluations. These readings treat complexity as inherent in liberalism, and proceed to explore its structures beyond suspicious hermeneutics. This essay argues that Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (1847) constitutes an early and sophisticated argument about the structures of complexity in liberalism. Not only does Bronte's novel merit entry into the discussion as a conceptual contribution, but it also offers an aesthetic enactment of the anguish that liberal structures of complexity were to evoke for generations to follow, an anguish experienced already at its troubled reception.

Keywords: Emily Bronte; Wuthering Heights; Liberalism; promise; money

Suggested Citation

Rosenberg, Anat, Liberal Anguish: Wuthering Heights and the Structures of Liberal Thought (2014). 69 Nineteenth Century Literature 1, 2014 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2694101

Anat Rosenberg (Contact Author)

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Radzyner School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 167
Herzliya, 46150
Israel

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