November 30, 2015

Anat Rosenberg on Liberal Thought and "Wuthering Heights"

Anat Rosenberg, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliyah-Radzyner School of Law, has published Liberal Anguish: Wuthering Heights and the Structures of Liberal Thought at 69 Nineteenth Century Literature 1 (2014). Here is the abstract.
After decades of sustained academic critiques along established lines, liberalism has recently attracted renewed evaluations. These readings treat complexity as inherent in liberalism, and proceed to explore its structures beyond suspicious hermeneutics. This essay argues that Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (1847) constitutes an early and sophisticated argument about the structures of complexity in liberalism. Not only does Bronte's novel merit entry into the discussion as a conceptual contribution, but it also offers an aesthetic enactment of the anguish that liberal structures of complexity were to evoke for generations to follow, an anguish experienced already at its troubled reception.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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