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
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 http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521761864#contributors.
For more information on the LSU Honors College, visit http://www.honors.lsu.edu/.
Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012