War Trauma and Alcoholism in the Early Writings of Charlotte and Branwell Brontë

TitleWar Trauma and Alcoholism in the Early Writings of Charlotte and Branwell Brontë
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsButcher, Emma
JournalJournal of Victorian Culture
Volume22
Issue4
Pagination465 - 481
Date Published12/2017
Abstract

This article attempts to reposition and establish two of the siblings – Charlotte and Branwell – as significant post-war commentators. By focussing on their military reading, it will become clear how they vicariously processed and reimagined war trauma and addiction through their Glass Town and Angrian sagas. Not only will this article argue that the introduction of military biography into British society generated wide-scale recognition of war trauma, despite its absence within contemporary medical discourse, but it will also argue that the young Brontës’ literature is an important historical source for understanding and re-evaluating the public response to post-war military masculinity. [Research Gate]

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