Lesson plans and teaching resources
Biography at Wikipedia.
In this video from the British Library (8:51), Professor John Bowen discusses key motifs in Gothic novels, including the uncanny, the sublime and the supernatural. Includes brief discussion of sexuality as motif; preview for appropriateness. Also available at YouTube, here .
Violence and Cruelty
In this video from the British Library (4:13), Professor John Bowen explores Emily Brontës extraordinary use of violence in Wuthering Heights . Video also available at YouTube, here .
A variety of reading strategies, including an anticipation guide, a graphic organizer focusing on narrators, and an approach to vocabulary. Adobe Reader required for access.
E-text of the novel, organized by chapters.
Students develop a lesson based on themes drawn from the novel. Lesson includes vocabulary and standards.
Book-club style discussion questions.
Downloadable text of the novel in multiple formats, including EPUB, Kindle, and plain text.
: Fantasy and Realism
In this video from the British Library (4:29), Professor John Bowen considers Emily Brontës combination of fantasy and reality in Wuthering Heights and the way in which fairy tale and Gothic elements haunt the edges of the novel. Video also available at YouTube, here .
In this video from the British Library (3:26), Professor John Bowen discusses the harshness of the landscape around Haworth and the central part it plays in the writings of the Brontë sisters. Filmed on location on the moors around Haworth. Video also available at YouTube, here .
Who is Heathcliff?
In this video from the British Library (3:46), Professor John Bowen discusses the enigmatic Heathcliff, from his early appearance as a rejected child, to his return as a powerful and violent antihero. Filmed on location on the moors around Haworth. Video also available at YouTube, here .
Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, examples of use, more.
The Yorkshire Moors
What do the moors look like? Photo and additional information.