HomeThe Paulinian Compassvol. 2 no. 2 (2011)

The Emerging Eco-Divine in Wuthering Heights and its Afterlife

Susan Pyke

Discipline: Literature



The paper examines the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë in 1858. These texts can be read as broadening the utterly spiritual transcendental God—supernatural, perfect, above the realms of existence.

Yorkshire moors have been greatly shaped by the success of the writing. It is perceptible that a combination of spirituality and materiality about place‘s representation had profound influence on the content.

In 1970, the first music video of Kate Bush‘s Wuthering Heights presented cinematography with the first lyric of the song, ̳out in the wet and wiley moors‘ with an efficacy has made the video by far the most popular of the various versions posted in You Tube.

Ardeef‘s revision of Wuthering Heights in 1999 in the film set in Australian township reminds that the ecodivine through the writing of place is not limited to great attractiveness or beauty comparable to Yorkshire moor. Bronte writes with amused irony about those who would shut their doors against the weather and therefore miss the opportunities for growth depicted by Ardeef.

The highlight of the text despite its several revisions is that, ―all of our places can be sacred, if we read and write religiously. The emerging ecodivine recognizes the interplay of influence, including the destruction brought by the human species. Therefore, the connection of man and the Earth is noteworthy in the cycle of an evocative life.