The focus on the ageing of women is by no means a modern phenomenon.
In children's literature, mothers are rarely more than anonymous homemakers – unless they are wicked queens.
Written in the same house party as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Polidori's creature was based on the "mad, bad and dangerous to know" Lord Byron.
New research is uncovering medieval legends about the undead in Britain.
Many viewers think that the recent adaptation of Vanity Fair plays fast and loose with Thackeray's novel. But the writer was surprisingly modern.
Since the 1930s, Wuthering Heights has been used to claim the Brontë family had an incestuous secret.
Wuthering Heights is anything but a straightforward love story.
Sharp-eyed Victorian writers exploded the myth of tranquil village life.