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Passion beyond death? Tracing "Wuthering Heights" in Stephenie Meyer's "Eclipse"

By Marta Miquel Baldellou

Abstract

Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight tetralogy has lately become an enormously successful phenomenon in contemporary popular fiction, especially among a young adult readership. Regarded as a mixture of genres, the Twilight series can be described as a paradigm of contemporary popularculture gothic romance. Stephenie Meyer has recently acknowledged she bore one literary classic in mind when writing each of the volumes in the series. In particular, her third book, Eclipse (2007), is loosely based on Emily Brontë’s Victorian classic Wuthering Heights (1847). This paper aims at providing a comparative analysis of both Brontë’s novel and Meyer’s adaptation, taking into consideration the way the protofeminist discourse that underlines Brontë’s text is not only subverted but also acquires significantly reactionary undertones in Meyer’s popular romance despite its contemporariness

Topics: Popular fiction, Victorian novel, Gothic romance, intertextuality, Ficcion popular, Novela victoriana, Romance gótico, Intertextualidad
Publisher: Universidad de La Rioja
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.18172/jes.185
OAI identifier: oai:recercat.cat:10459.1/66838
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