AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 5, Number3.  August  2021                                Pp. 40-54

Gothic Reality: A Study of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

Roumaissa Moussaoui

Department of English, University of Ali Lounici  ( Blida 2)
Blida, Algeria


Emily Bronte’s novel, Wuthering Heights, is a gothic novel with an innovative stance. Gothic elements permeate the story, but it is not a gothic novel in the traditional sense of the word. The fantastic tales so popular in the eighteenth century alienated the reader by creating  phantasmagorical worlds. Emily Bronte, however, grounded her gothic world firmly in reality. Through an analytical approach, the author aims to show, in this article, how Emily Bronte reversed gothic conventions to create a gothic reality whose message is still relevant today. The author  will show that her use of the gothic mode was an attempt to capture the real essence of life, anticipating the metaphysical theories of D. H. Lawrence, who wrote at the end of the nineteenth century. By highlighting her innate understanding of human  nature , this article will focus on her affinity with Lawrence and the  celebration of  man’s powerful primal instincts. This article hinges on the premise that she deplored the mechanical restrictions of the society in which she lived. The author aims to show that her Gothicism is, paradoxically, synonymous with a search for life.

Cite as:

Moussaoui, R. (2021). Gothic Reality: A Study of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.
Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 5 (3) 40-54.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol5no3.4


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Roumaissa MOUSSAOUI  has taught  English literature  for three years at the University of Ali Louinci , Blida2.  Dr. Moussaoui was also  an English language teacher in high school  for five years. She has written a PhD thesis in English literature entitled; Mapping D.H.Lawrence’s Apocalypse. At the present time, her research focus is on nineteenth and early twentieth century English literature.