Charlotte Brontë at 200
2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of Britain’s greatest writers, Charlotte Brontë. The country has been awash with celebrations to mark the bicentenary including a birthday party for Charlotte in her village of Haworth, numerous documentaries, plays and exhibits, even a re-enactment of Charlotte’s wedding. It does not come as any surprise that Charlotte should encourage such degrees of celebration. There does not seem to be a year that has gone by since the publication of Jane Eyre in 1847 when something ‘Brontë-esque’ was not produced.
Dr Jonathon Shears and Brontë scholar Kimberley Braxton from Keele University will explore the contemporary reception and influence of Charlotte Brontë’s novels, looking at a range of reviews, films, documentaries, comedy sketches and even erotic retellings! It will be a true celebration of Brontë and what she has come to mean to us all in the past 200 years.