Fresh perspective on Wuthering Heights

Before Christmas, 6.1 English students went to London to hear lectures on Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights; the text for this year’s AS prose comparison coursework. The day was exceptionally rewarding with some really useful lectures on a range of challenging topics. Sheila Lawes from the Open University began with Romantic Figure or Cruel Oppressor?: Some Perspectives on Heathcliff, and then Catherine and the Limitations of Women’s Lives in the World of Wuthering Heights. The lectures offered both a fresh perspective on the character of Heathcliff but also enabled students to see knowledge acquired from their lessons reinforced. The day continued with a lecture on Wuthering Heights And The Gothic Tradition delivered by Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan from Durham University and then ended with a useful take on the structure of the novel by Rory Drummond, former Head of English at Framlingham College. It is always valuable to experience information in the context of the lecture to encourage independent learning whilst also being exposed to the style of learning needed at university level. A very stimulating day.

By David Anson, Head of English


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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