By Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is one of the defining texts of the Victorian literature genre –and its author’s only book. In this video, authors Lili Wilkinson and Alison Croggon talk about resisting domestic or romantic interpretations of the book.

They discuss and describe its obsessive and sometimes cruel characters, their unreliability as narrators, and the book’s flawed but enchantingly wild expressions of its setting – and the moral codes and manners of its era.


Texts in the City goes digital: Wuthering Heights

Further reading

Watch the full discussion here.

Justine Larbalestier discusses whether we should expect to like the characters in the fiction we read, in ‘Bad People Doing Bad Things’.

The Guardian reviewed Wuthering Heights in its ‘100 best novels’ series (which ranked the book in thirteenth place).

For a broad collation of various aspects of the story and the times, places and people surrounding it, see The Reader’s Guide to Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights”.

You may know of Kate Bush’s song ‘Wuthering Heights’. Here are some other songs about books. Also, why do ‘women’s’ novels get the girlie treatment?

Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë (1818 – 1848) was an English novelist and poet, best remembered for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature.

Emily was the third eldest of the four surviving Brontë siblings, between the youngest Anne and her brother Branwell. She wrote under the pen name Ellis Bell.