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UNVEILING THE HIDDEN GOD OF CHARLOTTE BRONTË'S <i>VILLETTE</i>

Lisa Wang

in Literature and Theology

Volume 15, issue 4, pages 342-357
Published in print December 2001 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 2001 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/15.4.342
UNVEILING THE HIDDEN GOD OF CHARLOTTE BRONTË'S VILLETTE

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Charlotte Bronte's Villette constructs a framework of specific theological reference through the appropriation of certain predominantly eschatological Biblical tropes and topoi, which are used in close connection to the novel's depiction of Lucy Snowe's struggle to understand her own experience of alienation and profound loss This framework forms a distinct and unified subtext that exists alongside the secular discourse of the narrative and serves to bring an important theological dimension to the novel as a whole The story of Lucy Snowe thus becomes as much an interior journey—a vigilant search for the unveiled face of the ‘hidden’ God—as it is a journey over distances of time and place

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