Hundreds of books and articles have been written about Wuthering Heights by academic critics, and many more are published each year. They are often written in a confusing, over-complicated style: academics are just as fond of showing off as anybody else. It is important to remember that you have read and studied Emily Brontë’s novel, so your ideas are just as valid as theirs. Always be sceptical in approaching their ideas: you are not under an obligation to agree with them. Your mind can be stimulated by discussing the text with your teachers and lecturers, or in a class. Treat the critics in the same way: it is stimulating to debate Wuthering Heights by reading their books and articles, challenging your ideas and theirs. This is the spirit in which you should read ‘the critics’.
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