Hello and welcome to Brontë Babe Blog. I’m Nicola, a Brontëite and MA graduate of Literature with a passion for late eighteenth and nineteenth century English literature. The topic of my MA dissertation was Charlotte Brontë’s juvenilia, and I am continuing to research this as an independent scholar as PhD funding proved elusive despite my best efforts. I may not be a doctor or a professor, but I know the Brontës. I started this blog with the aim of introducing readers and fellow Brontë enthusiasts to the early fiction, or juvenilia, of the siblings and I hope you enjoy my posts.
My essay on Charlotte Brontë’s juvenilia has been published in Volume 2, Number 2 of The Journal of Juvenilia Studies. The title is “A New Approach to Autobiography and Juvenilia: Re-Examining Charlotte Brontë’s Assumption of Power in her Paracosmic Counterworld”. It’s free to access online and I’d love it if you could take the time to give it a read. The link to the piece can be accessed by clicking here.
After losing my best friend and partner in crime, Bob the Bichon (2007-2019) last year, I decided to dedicate my posts to his memory. As Bob was a fellow lover of life, the Brontës, and Haworth, I think he would have appreciated this. Thanks to everyone for their kind words about him. He continues to inspire us and we miss him more than I can ever say.
The Brontës’ early work was initially set in Glass Town, a fictional province in Africa, however, Anne and Emily later created their own world of Gondal, and Charlotte and Branwell developed their original world, with a focus on the new kingdom of Angria. For many years childhood writing and child authors have been dismissed and their literary merit questioned, however, there is much to appreciate and enjoy within these texts.
Due to the interest and traffic that Brontë Babe Blog has received over the past year, I’ve expanded the site to feature more posts on all aspects of the Brontës’ lives and literature. Although this site mainly features posts about the Brontë family, I also blog about my visits to literary exhibitions such as the Brontë Parsonage Museum’s Brontë 200 celebrations, and my trips to Haworth.
You can also find some non-Brontë posts including my Diary of a Special Collections Intern, a series of posts documenting my 2018 internship as a Special Collections Library Assistant at Liverpool Hope University where I worked with literary archives and rare material. Also featured on this site are my posts documenting a local Adpot-a-Grave scheme that I am part of.
By Nicola F. a.k.a. The Brontë Babe.
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