Domesticating the Child: Maternal Responses to Hereditary Discourse in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

  title={Domesticating the Child: Maternal Responses to Hereditary Discourse in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall},
  author={Elizabeth Pellerito},
  journal={Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net},
This article examines the early nineteenth century connections between human, animal and plant by placing Erasmus Darwin’s The Botanic Garden (1791) and The Temple of Nature (1803) in conversation with Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848). I argue that the Romantic versions of heredity described in Darwin’s poetry tended to reinscribe traditional gender roles. Bronte’s Tenant, on the other hand, revises earlier notions of heredity and motherhood via Helen Huntingdon, the wife of an… Expand
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