Wuthering Heights
“Any document of civilization is at the same time a document of barbarism” (Walter Benjamin)
Discuss the border crossings between civilization and barbarism in Bronte’s Wuthering Heights: between the two house and moors that lie between; between natives and foreigners, children and adults, Britain and empire, modernity and the gothic past, as well as how these differences play out as psychological conflicts within the minds of the characters themselves. What, for Bronte, is the basis for a civilized social order, and is civilization without violence possible?



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