Moers on Brontë and Dogs

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Ellen Moers notes in Literary Women that Emily Brontë wouldn’t walk the moors without her beloved dog. Literary Women is an excellent critical study (and at the time ground-breaking) but much though I enjoyed it, I have to take issue with the representation of dogs: ‘With their rough, shaggy coats, their deep, senseless voices, their stupid affection, and their dirty habits, surely dogs supplied the want of all that is precious in masculinity to literary spinsters'(p.170) 🙂

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