The Brontë Sisters: Charlotte, Emily and Anne – Victorian Romanticists

The three sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, were contemporaries of Charles Dickens, but drew inspiration from authors like Williams Wordsworth, Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron; authors who represented English Romanticism. They looked at the inner lives of women and made the case that those inner lives were as rich as any man. This course examines their lives, the extraordinary intelligence of their family, their poverty and their novels, including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Despite living in relative retirement in Yorkshire, English, their initially-anonymous works took London by surprise and even sparked a debate on whether the authors were male or female or even one or more authors.

Course Materials:

No prior knowledge of the Brontë sisters is required, but we will cover all of their novels in the class, which are listed below, with the most important works in bold:

  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  • Shirley – Charlotte Brontë
  • Villette – Charlotte Brontë
  • The Professor – Charlotte Brontë
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
  • Agnes of Grey – Anne Brontë
  • The Tenant of the Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë

Christina Wehner is a graduate of Northwest University with a degree in general music and now teaches piano and a course on American cinema. She is a freelance editor and runs a blog ( that covers movies, books and music (mostly from the 1920-50s). Her passion is to see how history, literature, cinema and music are interconnected.

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Thursdays, October 31; November 7, 14, 21, 2019

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Olympic College Poulsbo
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Location Details

Olympic College Poulsbo – Room P2 003​ 
1000 NW Olympic College Way
Poulsbo, WA 98370

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