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by Charlotte Bronte

Set in Yorkshire’s depressed wool industry at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. The character of Shirley may be based on Emily Bronte, Charlotte’s sister.

Characters: Shirley Keeldar, Robert Gerand Moore

Critical sites about Shirley

Consistent Inconsistencies: The Transvestite Actress Madame Vestris and Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley
” In this paper I propose the transvestite actress Madame Vestris as an interpretive doppelgänger for the title character in Charlotte Brontë’s novel Shirley. Vestris crossed gender lines not only in her cross-dressed performances on the Victorian stage but also in her incursion into the male-dominated realm of theater ownership. In this way she is like Shirley Keeldar, the fiercely independent female factory owner whom Brontë consistently depicts in masculine terms.”
Contains: Character Analysis, Historical Context, Content Analysis
Author: Elliott Vanskike
From: Nineteenth Century Literature vol. 50, no.4, March 1996

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