A Knowledge of Her Own: Unlocking the Forbidden Room in Villette.

Beehler, Brianna Antoinette.


  • Lucy Snowe, the narrator of Charlotte Brontë's final novel Villette (1853), suffers from two distinct nervous disorders: hysteria and paranoia. Past criticism has argued that hysteria is productive in Villette, but I argue that through hysteria Lucy has only limited access to knowledge, and that by transitioning into a paranoid state Lucy commences an active investigation. Consequently, Lucy's ... read more
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