The class have recently engaged in exactly the same online exercise concerning Wuthering Heights as did last year’s cohort: namely, alongside the opening chapter from Terry Eagleton’s Heathcliff and the Great Hunger and Charlotte Bronte’s 1850 Preface to the novel, they consider whether the novel could be considered xenophobic. The question is deliberately provocative, in one sense, but the Heathcliff-as-Irish link that Eagleton makes raises the question of him as a kind of racial other. Once again I note how this novel always gets students going. They never seem short of things to say about it and the debate and discussion in the ‘Heathcliff, It’s Me!’ forum is always animated.
As I’ve not been teaching the class in the classroom this year they have been spared my gratuitous youtube clips of Kate Bush’s 1979 video and the Monty Python semaphore version. I’ll still give them the links though.
Here’s the link to the post I made this time last year about this session, including an enthusiastic comment from one of the students in the class.