Ideas of place reflect ways of seeing. This study of setting in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss, and Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles examines fictional place from this phenomenological perspective. It sees created space as the unique translation of each author’s perceptions of space, time and fact. Through this study, the worlds of the novels become necessary landscapes, or articulate terrains, guiding us to see more clearly each author’s own world view.
Sharon Flitterman-King earned her B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa), M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from UC Berkeley, writing on Victorian Fiction. She was a founding faculty member of the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, and has written, taught and lectured for many years. Her articles have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Independent, and The Artful Mind, as well as in collections on teaching and writing. She lives with her husband, writer David C. King, in Upstate New York near the Berkshires. Her other titles include A Secret Star (2010), a Young Adult novel; Survivor’s Song: A Nigun (2013), a Chapbook; and Paradise Reclaimed (2014), a collection of essays on art and writing.