Life Member Professor Christine Alexander's new book on Charlotte Brontë is published today entitled Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: Transforming Life into Literature in Jane Eyre. The book invites the twenty-first century reader into Charlotte’s material world, both the world of the author and the world she created in her most famous novel. Providing detailed commentaries and lavishly illustrated with objects and images from the author’s own life and times, this book explores Charlotte Brontë’s accomplishment in imaginatively transforming her lived experience into a fictional masterpiece.
Professor Alexander is visiting Clare Hall for a few weeks this summer and explained the significance of the College in her studies.
'I began my Brontë research at Clare Hall as a Ph.D. student. During this time I discovered over 100 unpublished Bronte manuscripts in the UK and USA and wrote a book The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë (Basil Blackwell, 1984) that won a British Academy Prize. This book was based on my PhD thesis written at Clare Hall. It is a nice coincidence that I will be back at Clare Hall for your centenary celebrations and just before the launch of my latest Brontë book.'
Professor Alexander will be speaking at the Brontë Society Bicentenary Conference in Manchester from the 19 - 21 August and at an event in Haworth on the 26 August, entitled 'Parsonage Unwrapped: Celebrating Charlotte Brontë with Christine Alexander'.
Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: Transforming Life into Literature in Jane Eyre is available to purchase at the Brontë Parsonage Museum shop and online.