LSU Honors College’s Drew Lamonica Arms Contributes to New Work on the Brontës

11/01/2012 03:25 PM

BATON ROUGE – Drew Lamonica Arms, LSU director of fellowship advising and professional-in-residence in the LSU Honors College, was selected as one of 36 top Brontë scholars who wrote about the literary work of the Brontë family for “The Brontës in Context,” available in January 2013 from Cambridge University Press.


“My chapter considers the influence of the Brontës’ sibling relationships on their writing,” Arms said. “They wrote as a family, commenting on each other’s work throughout their lives. I explore how this essential writing relationship is reflected in their publication history and their literary constructions of family. I’m honored to be included among the scholars in ‘The Brontës in Context.’”


Very few families produce one outstanding writer; the Brontë family produced three. The works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne remain immensely popular and are increasingly being studied in relation to the surroundings and wider context that formed them. The 42 new essays in this book tell “the Brontë story” as it has never been told before, drawing on the latest research and the best available scholarship while offering new perspectives on the writings of the sisters.


A section on Brontë criticism traces their reception to the present day. The works of the sisters are explored in the context of social, political and cultural developments in early 19th-century Britain, with attention given to religion, education, art, print culture, agriculture, law and medicine. Crammed with information, “The Brontë in Context” shows how the Brontës’ fiction interacts with the spirit of the time, suggesting reasons for its enduring fascination.


Other contributors include Marianne Thormählen, Michael Baumber, Ann Dinsdale, Dudley Green, Bob Duckett, Victor A. Neufeldt, Dinah Birch, Lyn Pykett, Maria Frawley, Stephen Whitehead, Christine Alexander, Sue Lonoff, Margaret Smith, Jane Sellars, Janet Gezari, Sara J. Lodge, Linda H. Peterson, Stephen Colclough, Tom Winnifrith, Miriam Elizabeth Burstein, Herbert Rosengarten, Alexandra Lewis, Patsy Stoneman, David Jasper, Stephen Prickett, Barbara T. Gates, Simon Avery, Joanne Shattock, Steven Wood, Edward Chitham, Ian Ward, Elizabeth Langland, Birgitta Berglund, Jill L. Matus, and Janis McLarren Caldwell.


An Honors College graduate, Arms returned to the LSU Honors College in 1999 after receiving her doctorate in Victorian literature from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2004, she was appointed director of fellowship advising and, in addition to teaching, currently assists students applying for prestigious national and international fellowships.


In 2007, she designed a course, HNRS 3010: Leadership and Scholarship, which introduces students to the analysis of classical foundations of leadership and provides practice in scholarship writing and interviewing.


Her book, “We are Three Sisters: Self and Family in the Writing of the Brontës,” was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2001.  Her work on Emily Brontë is also featured in the Gale Critical Companion “Feminism in Literature.” Arms has written for The American Oxonian and the 30th Anniversary of Rhodes Women in Oxford.


For more information on “The Brontës in Context,” visit


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Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012