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Charlotte Brontë in Brussels

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Headingley LitFest

An ‘In Between the Lines’ event


Charlotte Brontë in Brussels

Helen MacEwan will give an illustrated talk on her recent publication Through Belgian Eyes: Charlotte Brontë’s Troubled Brussels legacy.

In this fascinating book, Helen MacEwan once more reveals herself as the current leading figure in the area of Brontë studies which concentrates on the time spent in Brussels (1842 – 43) by Charlotte Brontë, as a pupil and as an assistant teacher. Her well-known negative observations on Brussels and its inhabitants, and on Belgium in general, are rehearsed, embroidered upon and set in context, and the influence of her experiences in the city on her writings, particularly those relating to her beloved tutor, Constantin Heger, are examined in detail in a discourse which is both scholarly and accessible to less academic readers.

Brussels has inspired few outstanding works of literature, and that makes Villette, considered by many to be Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, of particular interest as a portrait of the Belgian capital a decade after the country gained independence in 1830.

Helen MacEwan studied modern languages at Oxford University, and currently lives in Brussels. A translator and former teacher, she is the author of The Brontës in Brussels and Winifred Gérin: Biographer of the Brontës.

THE LEEDS LIBRARY Thursday 7 June 2018 7.30pm

Free. Donations welcome.






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