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Wuthering Heights (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) Paperback – 1 Mar 1992

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  • Paperback: 467 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Mar. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312035470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312035471
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 888,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had a copy of this version of Wuthering Heights at university years ago. I remember the critical articles being really helpful so when I knew I would be teaching the text this year I immediately sought out his edition. The critical work here covers a variety of perspectives on the texts useful for able A Level students and undergraduates.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2007
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Wuthering Heights is a surprisingly modern novel given that its authorship predates our modern understanding of psychology. Like many modern novels, Ms. Bronte has also explored the darker side of human passions and psyches more thoroughly than the sunnier side. Heathcliff will remind you of classic characters whose lives were twisted by fate like Captain Ahab in Moby Dick, Erik in Phantom of the Opera, Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and the mysterious prisoner in The Man in the Iron Mask.

If there were ever two star-crossed lovers who have captured the world's imagination since Romeo and Juliet, they must be Catherine and Heathcliff. Yet, unlike, many such pairs, their unhappiness is heavily influenced by themselves.

As you contemplate their story, you are constantly drawn to the thought, "what if" thus and such had occurred differently? That's part of the great power of the story because it has so many unexpected twistings and turnings. A reader's expectations from a love story are turned upside down, sideways and diagonal from where those expectations normally rest. As a result, you'll probably decide this isn't a love story after all . . . but a tragedy. Taken from that perspective, you'll find yourself hearing echoes of Lady Macbeth and King Lear as you contemplate what occurs when the natural order is disturbed. Few English authors since Shakespeare have captured that sense of what can happen when the universe is disarranged.

What's great about this story? It's pretty simple: Emotional intensity in the writing; deeply memorable characters; doomed lovers; and a haunting glimpse at unshakeable obsession.

What's not so great? The story development itself is pretty awkward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GIft 20 May 2013
By Laura Bernadt- Rademacher - Published on
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My sister got this for Christmas, she loves getting books for Christmas and I was able to give her 5 for the price of 1.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Contemporary Wuthering Heights 4 April 2013
By Joseph Ferrerosa - Published on
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One of the first things I like about this edition is that it utilizes the original 1847 text. Another thing I liked about it, and this is obviously why anyone should buy this particular edition is that it contains an introduction to various critical schools relevant to the study of Wuthering Heights. Now these essays are a bit dated especially since the Norton Critical abounds in newer criticism. However, this version probably helps more than the Norton because it removes some of the contemporary criticisms and goes straight into prominent pieces that discuss the work at hand. I highly recommend this book for anyone currently going through the Comprehensive Examination stage for an M.A. exam. You won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book shows different ways the text can be viewed. 18 July 1999
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The Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series has done excellent work in showing different ways of looking at the Wuthering Heights text. I liked how the criticisms were collected after the text with the critical positions clearly explained first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Free SF Reader 3 Sept. 2007
By average - Published on
Format: Paperback
Set on the moors, it is a pity that the Hound of the Baskervilles didn't get 'em. This would have saved a lot of characters a lot of grief.

An orphan is taken in, and the problems start there as he grows up, has his own problems and inflicts them on others.

The great detective has something to say about such places :

"But look at these lonely houses, each in its own fields, filled
for the most part with poor ignorant folk who know little of the law. Think of
the deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, year in,
year out, in such places, and none the wiser. Had this lady who appeals to us
for help gone to live in Winchester, I should never have had a fear for her. It
is the five miles of country which makes the danger."

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