- Dec 2015
Since we only have observed records, we cannot say Emily Bronte had Asperger's Syndrome 100%.I´m no native speaker and can only rely on definitions in dictionaries. The Online Cambridge Dictionary defines "bashing" as
strong criticism of a particular type of person or thing
In my article above I defined it as "harsh criticism", sometimes tending to "hate speech" (e.g. bashing in Hip Hop texts). Of course it´s often a matter of interpretation whether a statement is seen as criticizing, as bashing or as hate-speaking.
However, there is not always the possibility of connecting criticism with constructivity. I am, for example, a decisive Islam basher, not seeing the least positive aspect in this so-called religion that could inspire me to any constructive view on that matter. Here "bashing" is meant in the sense of harsh and uncompromising criticism. Another thing is bashing of novels, here I tend to much more tolerance, partly because I myself write novels... A German fantasy novel of mine was bashed in a review with the argument that the (female) protagonist was completely unsympathetic, what of course is quite absurd... I suppose the criticism of "Wuthering Heights" by David is similarily and at least partially based on the aloofness of the story´s characters with which some readers cannot identify.
I think it´s useful to have some knowledge of the author for rightly judging the book.
From Wiki: Emily Brontë (she died only 30 years old):
Emily's unsociability and extremely shy nature have subsequently been reported many times. According to Norma Crandall, her "warm, human aspect" was "usually revealed only in her love of nature and of animals". In a similar description, Literary news (1883) states: "[Emily] loved the solemn moors, she loved all wild, free creatures and things", and critics attest that her love of the moors is manifest in Wuthering Heights. Over the years, Emily's love of nature has been the subject of many anecdotes.
In Queens of Literature of the Victorian Era (1886), Eva Hope summarises Emily's character as "a peculiar mixture of timidity and Spartan-like courage", and goes on to say, "She was painfully shy, but physically she was brave to a surprising degree. She loved few persons, but those few with a passion of self-sacrificing tenderness and devotion. To other people's failings she was understanding and forgiving, but over herself she kept a continual and most austere watch, never allowing herself to deviate for one instant from what she considered her duty."
The bold guess is the Bronte siblings might have autistic spectrum disorder, since autistic spectrum disorder can be genetic, especially Asperger's Syndrome.
Interestingly enough, while their father lived beyond 80, none of the siblings lived beyond 40.
What led to the tragedy of the otherwise talented siblings?
The three sisters wrote memorable novels; Branwell was known for poetic and artistic talent.
I recall opening a thread about the Bronte siblings.
At least the Chinese literature is currently flooded with online novels, even though most are of dubious quality.Willempie said:Maybe, just maybe, some people were forced to read those idiots in school. The main reason they are considered classics is because the (surviving) other works are even worse.
And lets be a little realistic. There is much better chic-flic than Jane Austen around and the others you mention like The great Gatsby are only considered great because some literature profs say so. The story sucks and a whole mumbu-jumbo just to sound "artsy".
The common thinking is: if these works survive the ages, they must be good.
I keep wondering about the relationship between women or girls and chic (gallus gallus domesticus).