Thursday, November 23, 2017

Jewellery with Sophia Tobin

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An alert from the Brontë Parsonage Museum for tomorrow, November 24:
Parsonage Unwrapped: Jewellery with Sophia Tobin
Exclusive evening event
November 24, 2017, 7:30 PM

This unique event will focus on the jewellery in the collection, presenting brand new research from our curatorial team. Sophia is an expert in antique jewellery, and Library Secretary for the Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s.
Tickets £20/£17.50 concessions and Brontë Society members – includes a glass of wine. Places are limited, so early booking is advised. Please book in advance at www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on or by calling 01535 642323.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf have written an article on the subject for TIME's Motto.
But where are the women in this roster of legendary friendships? Jane Austen is mythologized as a shy and sheltered spinster; the Brontё sisters, lonely wanderers of windswept moors; George Eliot, an aloof intellectual; and Virginia Woolf, a melancholic genius.
Skeptical of such images of isolation, we set out to investigate. We soon discovered that behind each of these celebrated authors was a close alliance with another female writer. But, to this day, these literary bonds have been systematically forgotten, distorted or downright suppressed.
Similarly, the early 19th century upbringing of the Brontё sisters causes endless fascination, yet biographers pay scant attention to the literary influence of Charlotte’s friend, the feminist writer Mary Taylor.
We think that many Brontë biographies do pay attention to Mary Taylor and her possible influences on the Brontë family, though.

The Guardian reveals that Sally Cookson is now working on a stage adaptation of CS Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and highlights the fact that,
Her calling card, however, was a magnificent, two-part Jane Eyre, a total theatre treat that translated Charlotte Brontë’s book into movement and music, colour and light. Since its premiere at the Bristol Old Vic in 2014, more than 250,000 people have seen it on stage or on screen – possibly unprecedented for a piece of devised theatre. (Matt Trueman)
Film Music Magazine interviews composer Dario Marianelli and recalls his work for Jane Eyre 2011.
His ravishing sense of feminine empathy has distinguished “Jane Eyre” “Agora” and “Anna Karenina”. (Daniel Schweiger)
Anchorage Press discusses dysfunctional families and apparently, the columnist's parents weren't
nearly as scandalous as Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. (Miles Jay Oliver)
Whatever that means.

Escritores.org (Spain) posts information about a writing competition based on the final paragraph of Wuthering Heights. The information, however, is rather confused.
Y este año nos inspiraremos en una obra de la ilustre escritora británica: Emily Brontë, porque en 2018 se conmemorará el paso de un siglo desde su nacimiento y merece recordar a esta poetisa, que toco la narrativa bajo el pseudónimo de: “Ellis Bell” y que será siempre recordada por su única novela titulada: “Cumbres Borrascosas” y aunque sea poco decoroso, esta vez tiraremos de su párrafo final, porque seguro que os sugiere, otra corta pero gran historia:
(Ya nos contaréis, cuáles eran aquellos sueños o quienes descansaban en aquellas tumbas, quietas o inquietas…) [...]
Como reza el cartel de esta quinta edición de nuestro certamen, la Dirección del Concurso, quiere conmemorar, otra efeméride literaria de gran relevancia internacional, el primer centenario del nacimiento de la poetisa británica la inglesa: Emily Brontë (Thornton, 30 de julio de 1918 – Haworth, 19 de diciembre de 1848) aunque lo hiciera en su lengua, cuya obra ha sido íntegramente traducida a esta lengua española que tanto queremos. (Translation)
Romance MFA compares Jane Eyre to Samuel Richardson's Pamela.
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The Radio is the latest poetry collection by Leontia Flynn and includes a Brontë-related poem:
The Radio
Leontia Flynn
Jonathan Cape, 2017
ISBN: 978-1787330085
The included poem is:
The Brunties: An Elegy

Let's not have any more poems on the Brontës.
No, none of the weird sisters toiling in the gloom
to fan some inner flame (a grim, al dente gruel might cool nearby) no lamp, no tomb-
like interior filled with — what? — moor-wide minds;
and the father, kind and peculiar: let him drop.
The son too, lone and lost — and all that doom,
cod as their umlaut ... reboot. Photoshop

in particular the grating nonchalance
with which each contrived of some retro malaise,
quite without warning, to be — presto! —dead
inside an hour, as Emily watched dance
the cherry tree, the Autumn sun's low rays ...
and 'Alright. Get the doctor now,' she said. 
The Irish Times reviews the collection:
Flynn’s instinct for or, better, her insistence on, other, awkward voices is clear: “The world is born of hysterical men and women. / Our teeth are shiny as accidental stars” (Poem in Praise of Hysterical Men and Women). That poem is part of a set that honours kindred spirits, Bobby Fischer, the Brontës, Hopkins (“his muse being bi[nsey] po[p]lar[s]”) and MacNeice, whose talky, free-wheeling, suddenly acute poems have clearly been good companions to this book. (John McAuliffe)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Atlas Obscura discusses writers' hair.
Once it has been trimmed and saved, hair might take any of several paths to the stacks. Some acquisitions are deliberate. A scrapbook of tresses compiled by the poet and critic Leigh Hunt now belongs to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The “Hair Book,” which features samples from Wordsworth and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, has become “one of the [library’s] most popular ‘show and tell’ items.”
Other paths are more roundabout. Oftentimes, a library will acquire an entire collection of papers or correspondence, only to find some spare hair squirreled away within it. When the New York Public Library received Charlotte Brontë’s traveling desk, a lock of her hair came along. (Cara Giaimo)
In The New York Review of Books, Elaine Showalter writes about Sylvia Plath, the current Sylvia Plath exhibition at the  Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C (One Life: Sylvia Plath) and centers specifically on a sample of the the poet's hair cut and preserved by her mother when she was 12.
Locks of hair, of course, are a traditional memento of distinction and fame. The Ransom Center of the Humanities at the University of Texas in Austin owns a popular collection of the tresses of famous writers, assembled by the nineteenth-century English poet Leigh Hunt. Milton, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, and Poe are there, along with Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Charlotte Brontë. But literary locks are usually meager strands. Plath’s thick glossy ponytail is unique, and, indeed, hair is a theme of both her literary legend and the exhibition, which emphasizes her visual imagination and her self-portraits in painting and photography.
Daily Gazette tells the story of children's writers Jane, Ann and dad Isaac Taylor:
Local historian Andrew Phillips asks: Name two sisters, daughters of a clergyman, who transformed literary England in the early 19th century. Is your answer Brontë? If so, read on. [...]
Earlier still, a young girl sat at her bedroom window, still there today in West Stockwell Street, where, she wrote, ‘I used to roam and revel ‘mid the stars, when in my attic with untold delight, I watched the changing splendours of the night.’
She was, of course, Jane Taylor, who, with her elder sister Ann, became, for a while, the best known children’s writers in Britain, celebrated by literary figures both here and in America. How come?
Theirs was a family of literary achievers.
Their father, Isaac Taylor, did copper engravings for book illustration, a task in which his five children joined him from eight in the morning till eight at night, stopping only for meals when books were read out aloud, so that the time could be used for learning. [...]
The Romantic Age was dawning: she caught the bug. So it was that the girls’ second volume in 1806 included a poem called ‘The Star’. You all know the first verse, now set to music with an old French tune. Largely unknown are the other 4 verses, but ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’ is known the world over. [...]
There are obvious parallels between the Taylor and Brontë daughters.
Both were Romantics, anonymous authors with a clergyman father, amazed by their success. What Colchester has never realised is that they were nearly neighbours too.
The Rev Patrick Brontë, a remarkable man, was born Patrick Brunty, son of an Irish farm labourer. Yet he actually won a scholarship to St John’s College Cambridge. It was here he changed his name to Brontë to hide his humble origins. He studied for the church, going initially as a curate to Wethersfield near Braintree.
But in the summer of 1807, shortly before his full ordination, he moved to Colchester to visit St Peter’s, the civic church on North Hill, which was reserved from Cambridge for an Evangelical minister like Brontë.
Nothing came of this visit, Brontë fell in love with a farmer’s daughter, and his life moved on.
We shall never know if, in his brief stay, he crossed the path of the famous Taylor authors. What we do know however is that two streets away in George Street was another bedroom window facing west, where a young Grammar School pupil also studied the stars, scratching his name with a diamond on the window pane.
In The New York Times, author Jeffrey Eugenides reviews the book Mrs Osmond by John Banville, a sequel to Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady and
As with Jean Rhys’s Brontë prequel, “Wide Sargasso Sea,” this shift of perspective lets the reader view the original story anew. 
While The Guardian reviews Jackie Kay's new poetry collection, Bantam:
There are so many delightful poems here. I loved Perfume, about trying in vain to make scent out of rose petals (I recognise the futile enterprise from childhood), and who could resist a poem with the title Would Jane Eyre Come to the Information Desk? (Kate Kellaway)
The poem was first published in 2015. It can be read in its entirety here.

Times of San Diego reviews the play The Moors:
You can practically hear Heathcliff and Cathy calling to each other across the desolate, windswept landscape.
What with the ominous music, the funereal wood and wine-colored furnishings, and the fog wafting in, you get the creepy feeling that things will not end well. And of course, they don’t.
The Moors,” by Jen Silverman, is a macabre satire, conjuring (and Americanizing) those Victorian literary oddballs, the Brontës: Charlotte, who wrote “Jane Eyre;” Emily, who created Heathcliff and Cathy in “Wuthering Heights;” and their dissolute brother, Branwell, who lived together in a gloomy, isolated mansion in the midst of the Yorkshire Moors. [...]
The eccentric family has always been ripe for exploitation and exaggeration, and New York-based playwright Silverman has stepped into the fray with subversive, diabolical glee.
She introduces us to the spinster sisters’ bizarre existence, with austere, severe Agatha in charge of everything and everybody, particularly her unhappy, unacknowledged sister, Huldey, her (unseen) profligate brother, Branwell and the maid, whose name and hat change depending on whether she’s perceived to be in the kitchen or the parlor. It’s either Marjory or Mallory; one’s pregnant and the other has typhus.
Somewhat peripheral to the main events, but no less entertaining, are a philosophical Mastiff, mired in existential dread, and an air-brained but independent-minded Moor-Hen. And, as is common in these Gothic tales, a governess, Emilie, is added to the mix. Mayhem, murder and lesbian love ensue.
The perfect shepherd for this black-sheep of a sendup is Lisa Berger, one of the best directors in town, who relishes diving into deep, dark comedies. She and her marvelous cast are having a longing, lusty field-day with this West coast premiere at Diversionary Theatre. (Pat Launer)
Bookneeders reviews Manga Classics' take on Jane Eyre.
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The Lezley Saar: Salon des Refusés exhibition at the California African American Museum includes a painting devoted to Bertha Rochester:
Lezley Saar: Salon des Refusés
October 25, 2017 - February 18, 2018
curated by: Mar Hollingsworth, Visual Arts Curator and Pro
gram Manager, CAAM

Salon des Refusés (Salon of the Rejected) includes three of Saar’s most recent bodies of work: Madwoman in the Attic/Madness and the Gaze, Monad, and Gender Renaissance, along with a selection of early altered books that show the origins of the artist’s interest in literature, mixed media, and marginalized figures. 
LA Weekly gives some more details:
 The first works in the gallery are those of "Madwoman in the Attic/Madness and the Gaze," in which Saar calls into question the stigmatization of madness. A glassy-eyed Bertha Rochester, the “violently mad” and mistreated first wife of Edward Rochester in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, stares blankly. Her dark eyes are framed within a tree adorned with surrealist ephemera, collages of photographs that hang from the boughs like ornaments. Due to the precision of the portrait and its accompanying collage work, the image of Rochester, who in the novel is described as being “of Creole heritage,” is the only work in the exhibition to be painted on a plain, white background. (Leah Rosenzweig)

Monday, November 20, 2017

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Yorkshire Evening Post features Lower Laithe Reservoir on the Haworth moors.
Lower Laithe Reservoir is a man-made upland reservoir that lies 1.2 miles west of Haworth in West Yorkshire. It was built with the intention of providing the town of Keighley with a more reliable water supply. When full, it contains 1.275m cubic metres of water. Work began on the reservoir in 1912 but was disrupted by the outbreak of the First World War, so was not finished until 1925. [...]
The park and the moors it comprises would have been familiar to the Brontës, who drew much inspiration from them and the “bleak solitude” they afforded.
In Germany, Eckernförder Zeitung reports a 'Lange Nacht der Kulturbeauftragten' during which Wuthering Heights was read. Finally, you can read about Anne Brontë's childhood on AnneBrontë.org.
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Silver Jane Eyre earrings from Nabu:
A beautifully delicate pair of Jane Eyre earrings on a backing card featuring a Jane Eyre quote, in sterling silver.
This pretty pair of earrings represent Charlotte Brontë's famous quote from the novel Jane Eyre. These delicate little earrings are a beautiful piece of literary jewellery, just right for the book lover in your life. The quote card reads;
'I am no bird, and no net ensnares me. I am a free human being with an independent will.'
It comes presented in a box with ribbon and a blank gift tag for you to personalise as you wish. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Palatinate celebrates writers in the North:
The Brontës
I’ve always associated the Brontës with the best of times, thumbing through my battered copy of Jane Eyre in front of the fire, taking muddy family walks to Top Withens, or trudging up glowing slopes to Haworth Parsonage in the haze of a late summer’s rain. I used to love going from room to room of the Parsonage and imagining I was Jane Eyre creeping along the passage with my candle, or Cathy flinging up the sash to spy Heathcliff stumbling in from the moors. Something about the house seems haunted by the imagination.
The Brontës to me also represent a spirit synonymous with their landscape. The subversive passion of their discourse portrays female inde­pendence in Jane Eyre; ‘a free human being with an independent will’. It roots their writing firmly in the Yorkshire wilderness. It is their unadulter­ated lust for life which has fascinated so many writers and inspired Ted Hughes to exalt Emily’s ‘open moor’, chronicling ‘the book becoming a map’ for himself and Sylvia Plath. And it is this, after all these years, that continues to compel con­temporary readers to step through time into the passage of the Brontë narrative, the ‘dark flower’ of the moorland. (Iona Makin)
The Irish Independent interviews Jacqueline Wilson:
Which books would you take to a desert island - one children's book and one adults' book? (Kim Bielenberg)
I'd take Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I've read them both at least 10 times, but I'm always happy to read them again.
The Sunday Times describes the Sturgeon-Salmond SNP situation like this:
Think of Nicola Sturgeon as Jane Eyre: clever, dedicated and working hard doing something she loves for a party she adores. Yet, along with being increasingly unloved by her party, she is becoming irrelevant.
For upstairs in the party’s attic is the first Mrs Rochester, in the shape of Alex Salmond, popping up and lighting fires all over the place, enveloping Sturgeon and her party — indeed, the reputation of Scottish politics — in a ball of destructive flames. (Michael Glackin)
Zoe Strimpel pros and cons of England in The Telegraph:
At other times, when not musing on the virtues of our voting system or the brilliance of leaders such as Benjamin Disraeli and Margaret Thatcher, or thinkers such as John Stuart Mill, I like to moon over our literary giants, and feel no compunction about citing Austen, Dickens, Eliot and the Brontës as proof positive of cultural superiority. (Yes, I’m a terrible snob. Terrible!)
Telefilm-central (in Italian) is eager to see Wuthering Heights 2018:
Previsto per la fine di luglio del 2018 nelle sale inglesi, il nuovo adattamento cinematografico di Cime Tempestose andrà in onda in occasione del bicentenario della nascita di Emily Brontë. La regia e la sceneggiatura sono affidate a Elisaveta Abrahall particolarmente appassionata di period drama e regista teatrale. Heathcliff e Catherine Earnshaw, saranno interpretati da Paul Eryk Atlas e Sha’ori Morris, due giovani attori poco noti al grande pubblico ma esteticamente perfetti per la parte. Nel cast anche Helen Fullerton, Richard Dee-Roberts, Stephanie Hazel e Marcus Churchill.Riuscirà una produzione indipendente in collaborazione con Three Hedgehogs Films a dare finalmente giustizia alle pagine della grande scrittrice inglese? O sarà solo l’ennesima rivisitazione pop e lontana dal dramma sociale del romanzo? (La_Seria_) (Translation)
madmoizelle (in French) talks about the film The Piano 1993:
Comme moi, Jane Campion est amoureuse d’écrivaines telles que les soeurs Brontë et Jane Austen. (Kalindi) (Translation)
Jane Eyre gets real posts about Jane Eyre's November garden.
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A new e-novel with plenty of Brontë references:
Just Like the Brontë Sisters
by Laurel Osterkamp
PMI Books
November 2017

Sisters Skylar and Jo Beth adore skiing and they virtually share the same soul. After an accident, Jo Beth flees to Brazil, leaving Skylar behind in Colorado to obsessively read the Brontë sisters. While abroad, Jo Beth meets Mitch and her life takes some unexpected turns, until tragedy leads free-spirited Mitch right into Skylar's empty arms. With their Heathcliff/Catherine romance in full swing, Skylar wants to trust Mitch, but did he harm her sister? Loving Mitch could make Skylar lose everything. Just Like the Brontë Sisters is an unconventional romantic page-turner inspired by Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel, full of magical realism, literary references, a ghost, and some healthy doses of suspense.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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CNN Style discusses the current exhibition at Somerset House:"North: Fashioning Identity"
For over a century, the evocative words of the Brontë sisters have carved out in the collective mind a vision of windswept life on the moors. The central narrative of our nation's struggles throughout the 20th century is littered with northern stories. (Joseph Delaney)
Currants in The Times:
The currant is not a plant for shade, (although it will take a little if necessary), but it will certainly take the hard life. If you have an up-country, Brontë-esque garden that gets the wind and the rain, it will serve you well. (Stephen Anderton)
The Times's The Pedant discusses the use of 'fulsome':
Now, it’s true that fulsome has long borne a disparaging connotation, but note that Evans’s assertion of what the word means is different from (and more accurate than) Bryson’s. Consider this comment by Lucy Snowe, the narrator in Charlotte Brontë’s great novel Villette: “That worthy directress had never from the first treated me otherwise than with respect . . . Not that she was fulsome about it: Madame, in all things worldly, was in nothing weak.” (Oliver Kamm)
Anita Desair evocates Ruth Prawer Jhabvala in The Guardian:
Could our drab, dusty, everyday lives yield material that surely belonged only to the genius of a Chekhov, an Austen, a Woolf or a Brontë? Taking home the copy Ruth inscribed for me and reading it, I made the discovery that she had found, in this ordinary, commonplace world I so belittled, the source for her art, the material for her writing, using its language, its sounds and smells and sights with a veracity, a freshness and immediacy that no other writer I had read had.
The Quietus publishes an extract of The Digital Critic: Literary Culture Online, edited by Houman Barekat, David Winters and Robert Barry
For the Brontë sisters or George Eliot it was a matter of concealing femininity in order to be published. Yet even J. K. Rowling herself, the queen of a now large and unruly publicity machine, originally made the decision to hide her femininity behind her initials on the advice of her publisher in order to appeal to a larger target audience of teenage boys. The degree of concealment was obviously far greater at a time when women were not taken seriously as writers, but one wonders how the Brontës or Eliot would have fared if the Internet had been alive and well, and investigative journalists had been able to uncover their identities? Would the literary canon be the same? Luckily for us author interviews and head-shots had yet to take such keen precedence in the priorities of publishers.
Chuck Palahniuk on being a snowflake in Entertainment Weekly:
In college, for example, I took a 400-level literature survey course. For the final exam I bought a fountain pen and a bottle of ink and sketched out exterior views of all the key buildings mentioned in Jane Eyre. The recollection makes me shudder. The professor, who’d boasted about being among the world’s foremost Milton scholars, gave me an A.
Thrilled as I was, I’d no idea that doodling Thornfield Hall on a sheet of 20# bond typing paper counts for squat in the job market. Even something more thoughtful, say, exploring the idea that post-war American housewives seized upon the Gothic thriller — as typified by The Turn of the Screw, Jane Eyre, Rebecca, and The Haunting of Hill House — because so many found themselves still young, trapped in largish, isolated houses, caring for children who seemed to be strangers, and slowly going insane (that was my second choice for a final project, except I was too baked on Thai stick to keyboard) … sadly, even that thesis wouldn’t have translated to most jobs. But doing it would’ve forced me to think and to practice expressing my ideas in a clear, convincing manner. (Christian Holub)
A lost literary genre, the teen love letter, in The Irish Times:
“A young black man with his arm behind his head, staring at the ceiling with moist eyes, and a young white woman resting her head on his arm, alone and facing the swirling expanse, outside the room, inside themselves, separate in the eye of the storm,” he wrote on another occasion, presumably high on Brontë or Shakespeare, or something much more fun, as he imagined their love as an Egon Schiele painting. (Jennifer O'Connell)
Pittsburgh City Paper reviews the local performances of You on the Moors Now: 
It’s easy to see why Point Park Conservatory Theatre Company selected Jaclyn Backhaus’ new comedy You on the Moors Now as a vehicle for its students; it’s a large ensemble comedy featuring 16 strong roles. And as a mash-up of Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights — four novels written by four women focusing on the pre-20th-century lives of four heroines — there’s a strong emphasis on the distaff side of things, which isn’t always the case in theater.
We’re introduced to Eliza (from P&P), Jo (Little Women), Cathy (Wuthering Heights) and Jane immediately after they reject marriage proposals. In Backhaus’ telling, the four flee to the wilderness, relentlessly pursued by their suitors, and this collective struggle ends with a literal battle of the sexes. The story ends a decade later, when everyone meets up at an academic conference celebrating the battle. (Ted Hoover)
The Weekend Australian talks about the current and previous works of Gerald Murnane:
Inland (1988) is the one the author admits is the God-given book. Under whatever ghostly shadow of Wuthering Heights, of whatever wind of language he writes on, Murnane produced an extraordinary work, at once poetic and mundane. (Peter Craven)
The Writing Cooperative lists the most influential books read in high school:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Emily Brontë introduced me to many themes in literature that I love — the Byronic hero, strong impact of landscape on a plot, mystery, and passion.
Wuthering Heights was the first time I saw these things in literature and was able to explore them. Other authors do it well — maybe even better — but Brontë will always be first for me. (Jen Sanfilippo)
Nachrichten and Tips (Austria) announce the performances of a production of the Gordon & Caird Jane Eyre musical in Gmunden, Austria next year (March-April):
Das Festival am Traunsee bringt zwischen 22. März und 8. April das Musical „Jane Eyre“. Es handelt sich um Paul Gordons Bühnenversion des berühmten, 1847 erschienenen Romans von Charlotte Brontë. Am Broadway feierte das Musical bereits große Erfolge, auf deutsche Bühnen war es bislang aber nicht zu sehen.
„Es war nicht einfach, die Rechte zu bekommen, aber dafür rechnen wir jetzt mit großem Publikumsinteresse“, sagt Markus Olzinger, der als Regisseur und Bühnenbildner gemeinsam mit Caspar Richter (musikalische Leitung) seit drei Jahren den Musical-Frühling am Traunsee organisiert.
Die düster-romantische Geschichte des Waisenmädchens Jane Eyre, das sich unglücklich in seinen Dienstherren verliebt, ist wie geschaffen für die Musicalbühne im Gmundner Stadttheater. „Das Stück ist anspruchsvoll, aber sehr unterhaltsam und hierzulande noch unbekannt“, sagt Richter. „Wir rechnen damit, dass auch viele Musical-Fans aus Deutschland und aus der Schweiz an den Traunsee pilgern.“ (Translation)
 Im vierten Jahr des Gmundner Musicalfrühlings steht mit „Jane Eyre“ eine deutschsprachige Erstaufführung auf dem Programm. Trotz „engem“ Budget verspricht das engagierte Team auch heuer ein aufregendes Musicalerlebnis.
Am Broadway feierte das Musical „Jane Eyre“ große Erfolge, im deutschen Sprachraum war das Stück, das auf dem gleichnamigen Roman von Charlotte Brontë beruht, bisher noch nicht zu sehen. Dass es gelungen ist, die Rechte für eine deutschsprachige Erstaufführung zu bekommen, spreche für die Qualität der Gmundener Produktionen, betonte Regisseur Markus Olzinger. (Daniella Toth) (Translation)
Iberarte talks about an exhibition at the Biblioteca Nacional de España, Pasa página. Una invitación a la lectura:
Todo es empezar es un espacio lúdico que propone un juego por el que el visitante tendrá que identificar fragmentos de reconocidos textos clásicos de la literatura universal, desde Cumbres borrascosas, de Emily Brontë, a Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal, de J. K. Rowling, y relacionarlos con la obra y autor al que pertenecen. (José Belló Aliaga) (Translation)
Cadaminuto (Brazil) recommends
O morro dos Ventos Uivantes – Emily Brontë
Na fazenda chamada Morro dos Ventos Uivantes nasce uma paixão devastadora entre Heathcliff e Catherine, amigos de infância e cruelmente separados pelo destino. Mas a união do casal é mais forte do que qualquer tormenta: um amor proibido que deixará rastros de ira e vingança. 'Meu amor por Heathcliff é como uma rocha eterna. Eu sou Heathcliff', diz a apaixonada Cathy. (Amanda Falcão)(Translation)
Barbadillo (Italy) interviews the author Giuseppe Casa:
Poi lessi Emily Brontë, Cime tempestose, che mia sorella aveva fatto rilegare, dopo averlo raccolto da una pubblicazione a puntate di una vecchia rivista femminile chiamata Confidenze. Il romanzo mi colpì per le sue atmosfere gotiche. Ho un gusto particolare per il gotico e, soprattutto, per il tema del male e del mistero. (Interview by Matteo Fais) (Translation)
Targatocn (Italy) reviews the film Una questione privata:
Cime Tempestose” è il romanzo di cui parlano Milton e Fulvia nell’apertura del film e il romanticismo incestuoso della Bronte sembra trasferirsi negli occhi inquieti d’un Marinelli innamorato ma anche strozzato dalla timidezza che guarda con cameratesca invidia la bellezza poco letteraria dell’amico Giorgio capace di arrampicarsi sugli alberi e danzare con l’inconsapevole oggetto d’un triangolo amoroso laddove lui è solo in grado d’insegnarle l’inglese e scriverle struggenti lettere (“Fulvia, splendore…”). (Germano Innocenti) (Translation)
A local student and Wuthering Heights reader in Harker Heights Herald; Sarah Shoemaker (author of Mr Rochester) posts on H for History about Love, marriage and divorce in the world of Jane Eyre.
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A Wuthering Heights reading in the 4 Lange Nächte Festival in Eckernförde
November 18
21.00 - 22.00 Uhr
Stadtbücherei Eckernförde
Atelier Kowalke

Die beiden NDR- und Hörbuchsprecher Beate Rysopp und Wolfgang Berger lesen aus dem weltberühmten Roman „Sturmhöhe“, einer tragischen Geschichte, in der Liebe und Intrigen, Glück und Unglück für viel Spannung sorgen. Von der Presse hochgelobt, indet man das Hörbuch an 3. Stelle in der Hörbuchbestenliste des hr2 im Juni 2017. Nach der Lesung besteht die Möglichkeit zu einem Gespräch mit dem Erzähler-Duo. 



Friday, November 17, 2017

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The Telegraph and Argus reports that the Brontë birthplace in Thornton may have a blue plaque soon.
Significant buildings across Bradford could soon sport blue heritage plaques thanks to a new scheme proposed by a local group.
The Bradford Civic Society hopes to create a number of plaques, and in the New Year will be asking for local residents and businesses for ideas for which buildings could be marked.
The scheme would operate in a similar way to the English Heritage plaques, with are attached to buildings that have links to a famous event or person.
Many are found on the birthplaces or family homes of significant historical figures, although they are not installed outside of London, leaving it up to local groups or councils to run their own plaque schemes.
The idea has been inspired by Marc De Luca, who owns the Brontë Birthplace in Thornton, and has been pushing for a blue plaque to be installed on the building for several years.
The Market Street building, now a cafe, is where the Brontë siblings, Charlotte, Anne, Emily and Branwell were born, making it one of the most literary significant buildings in the world. Plans are underway by the De Luca family to install the plaque in time for the the 200th anniversary of Emily’s birth. [...]
The group will start looking for funding in early 2018, as well as holding public meetings to discuss what buildings could be marked. (Chris Young)
During the weekend of November 24-26, cast members of the new screen adaptation of Wuthering Heights will be in Haworth, as Keighley News reports:
Leading members of the cast of a new Wuthering Heights feature film will be visiting Haworth both for filming and to attend the village's steampunk weekend.
They will be in the village from November 24 until November 26 and people will also have the chance to see costumes and props used in the making of the film.
Cast members will take part in photoshoots as guests of The Brontë Parsonage and Ponden Hall, as well as in talks and question and answer sessions on the forthcoming film, which is due for international release on July 30 2018 to coincide with Emily Brontë's 200 year birth celebrations.
The actors will be involved in filming for the final scenes of the movie on the surrounding moorland.
A Haworth premiere of the film is planned next summer.
Among the cast members due to arrive in Haworth will be Paul Eryk Atlas who plays Heathcliff, and Sha'ori Morris who plays Cathy.
They will be present alongside Richard Dee Roberts ( Edgar Linton), Henry Douthwaite and Claire Cooper King (Mr and Mrs Earnshaw), Helen Fullerton (Ellen Dean), David Macey (Joseph) and Alex de Luca (Dr Kenneth). [...]The new Wuthering Heights film, made by production company Three Hedgehogs Films, is slated for entry at all major international film festivals before its release.
Director and Brontës fan Elisaveta Abrahall said: "We have followed the book very closely, as well as dipping into fan theories and local folklore.
"We've allowed the characters a grittier edge than previous adaptations in keeping with society at the time.
"There is far more sex and violence in our version than others, because human nature does not change and we felt it important to keep Emily Brontë's visionary realism alive by truly depicting the rigours of life and inequalities in Georgian England.
"This is far more Game of Thrones than Romeo and Juliet, but then Wuthering Heights is one of the most terrifying and obsessive love stories ever told. "We are delighted to be coming to Haworth and relish the opportunity to film on the moors that inspired Emily Brontë to write such a timeless classic.
"We are particularly thrilled to be guests of the Brontë Parsonage, who have generously extended use of their gardens for a photoshoot, and are also extremely pleased to be attending Ponden Hall for photographs, which was the inspiration for Thrushcross Grange in the novel.
"This trip promises to be both exciting and relevant as we move towards Emily's celebration year in Haworth. Wuthering Heights really is coming home." (Miran Rahman)
Knutsford Guardian reports that some scenes from TV series Peaky Blinders are being shot at Arley Hall and required removing 2,800 volumes from their shelves.
Among the treasures on the shelves were the complete works of the Brontë Sisters, books by Elizabeth Gaskell and a handwritten Bible. (Josh Pennington)
Coinciding with that last bit, First Things discusses 'The academic advantages of the Bible'.
Many other classic authors—Dickens, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky, to name three—assume the reader’s knowledge of the Bible. A familiarity with the Bible helps students fathom such books as The Grapes of Wrath, Jane Eyre, and Lord of the Rings. (William Jeynes)
Trendencias (Spain) recommends 27 love stories, including both Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
Cumbres Borrascosas de Emily Brontë
La historia de amor entre Heathcliff y Catherine es una de las más apasionadas de todos los tiempos. Y también de las más tormentosas y salvajes. Tanto como el páramo que lo devora todo a su alrededor.
Jane Eyre de Charlotte Brontë
La pequeña pobre, simple y fea Jane Eyre es la heroína con la que toda mujer se identifica, con un corazón de oro y una capacidad de amar infinita, a pesar de que la vida no le ha dado muchos ejemplos. Y, por supuesto, no podemos olvidar a Mr. Rocherster, uno de los personajes masculinos más romántico de todos los tiempos. (Rebeca Rus) (Translation)
The Huffington Post interviews V. K. Torston about her book Defiant Attraction:
MW: Was there any particular novel or film or song that inspired you to create your characters Dan and Sophie or their storyline? VT: “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” by Arcade Fire definitely became a “character anthem” for Sophie. And while I doubt Dan would appreciate it, his anthem is probably AWOLNATION’s “Sail”.
Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights was another major influence. There are key similarities between the stories, but instead of wild Yorkshire moors, Defiant Attraction is set in an industrial wasteland studded with abandoned factories. The books and lyrics in Defiant Attraction also underline the characters’ anxiety, and often present similar relationships with tragic resolutions. These background references are like a voice whispering, “No good can come of this. Look what happened to them.” (Mara White)
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The latest album by the jazz singer and Composer Lisette Spinnler includes two poems by Emily Brontë:
Lisette Spinnler
Sounds between falling leaves
With  Stefan Aeby – piano; Patrice Moret – bass; Michi Stulz – drums
Bauerstudios at Neuklang Records
The two adapted poems by Emily Brontë are The Night is Darkening Around Me and The Sun has Set.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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It's Book Week in Scotland and they have an online poll to find out people's favourite songs with a literary connection as The Guardian reports:
Will it be The Invisible Man or Bell Jar, The Dark Is Rising or For Whom the Bell Tolls? Scottish Book Trust is celebrating Book Week Scotland with an online poll, of course. But this year’s vote isn’t looking for readers’ favourite books, instead it is trying to find our favourite songs with a literary connection.
Some of the songs on their 40-strong list of possible choices wear their bookish credentials on their sleeves. There are songs where no attempt has been made at obliqueness or subtlety, with titles lifted directly from the works that inspired them. Step forward Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë) and the Velvet Underground’s Venus in Furs (Leopold von Sacher-Masoch). For others, the connection is almost as direct. Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkel was the lead song from the movie adaptation of Richard Adams’s Watership Down, while Leonard Nimoy’s The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins does exactly what it says on the pipeweed tin. And Radiohead’s Paranoid Android takes its title from Douglas Adams’s depressive robot in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (David Barnett)
According to Daily Collegian,
Generally, we don't associate books with champagne or laughter. We don't connect thousands of pages of words with partying or fun. You don’t think of cocktail dresses when you read about Jane Eyre in Charlotte Brontë’s eponymous novel, or black ties when you read about Captain Ahab in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick ,” or red lipstick when you read about Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.
This reason is exactly why celebrating books in such a way — just as the 68th National Book Awards ceremony did last night and the BookExpo of America does in the spring and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books does every summer — is crucial. (Gabrielle Barone)
My Web Times has an article on 'Perfect reads for chilly winter nights'.
With winter weather already settling in, what could be better than curling up with a hot beverage, a comfy blanket and some atmospheric literature?
It can be disheartening when darkness falls by 4 p.m., but I like to fight fire with fire by diving headfirst into gothic thrillers and romances. There, the settings are always gloomy, because what's the point of having a castle if it's not awash with thunderstorms every night?
The heroes are so brooding they'd make Lord Byron step back and say, "Really?" while the heroines are intrepid and cutthroat — sometimes literally. Staples include ghosts, murder, monsters and unspeakable family crimes screaming from the very walls ...
It's a female-dominated genre, which has always been part of its personal appeal, championed by the Brontë sisters, Mary Shelley and Ann Radcliffe. (Angie Barry)
Big Shiny Robot reviews Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramon Pérez's Jane.
Jane, the comic adaptation, remains true to elements of the novel while bringing it into the 21st century. Jane, still an orphan, is an artist who makes her way to New York on an art scholarship. We skip the depressing orphan years and jump into the meat of the story: her schooling, her fabulous roommate (who we, unfortunately, see too briefly), and the spectacle of this new city. She procures a job as a nanny and, in turn, a romantic relationship between her and the father develops. It’s abusive and fantastical, much like the literature of the 19th century. While the idea of the story is grounded in realism and events happening to Jane that are relatable for a reader, if this series of events unfold in real life you'd wonder if you were living in sexless 50 Shades of Gray. But that is ok, this is a work of fiction based on another work of fiction. We as readers are allowed to escape into stories of romance and dreams, not every story must be created relatably.
Do I recommend this over the original? Not at all. I'm a purist and demand everyone read the original of anything before absorbing the adaptation. But, if you're a lover of classic lit and graphic novels, Jane is a fun combination of the two. (Rebecca Frost)
The Spinoff (New Zealand) has picked A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin as book of the week. We are reminded of the fact that,
By eight, Claire is at boarding school, a confirmed bookworm: the Brontës, Black Beauty, Dickens, the Golden Treasury. For her 13th birthday she asks her mother for the two-volume Shorter Oxford. (Marion McLeod)
The Nation's Past in Perspective celebrates the anniversary of the publication of Jane Eyre on the wrong date, a month after the actual one.
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A new amateur production of Polly Teale's Brontë opens today, November 16, in Letchwork:
The Settlement Players present
Brontë 
by Polly Teale
16 – 18th November 2017
The Little Theatre, Letchwork Settlement, Newells Road, Letchwork

The Brontë sister’s story, set in 1845, follows their rise and their brother Branwell’s fall. Invoking the real and imagined world of the Brontës, as their fictional characters haunt their creators.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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The London Review of Books has an excellent article on the Brontës by editor Alice Spawls. If you just read one article today, then let it be this one.
A wood engraving by the illustrator Joan Hassall, who died in 1988, shows Elizabeth Gaskell arriving at the Brontë parsonage. Patrick Brontë is taking Gaskell’s hand; Charlotte stands between them, arms open in a gesture of introduction. We – the spectators, whose gaze Charlotte seems to acknowledge (or is she looking at her father apprehensively?) – stand in the doorway; the participants are frame
d in the hallway arch, with the curved wooden staircase behind them. On the half-landing is the grandfather clock Patrick used to wind up at 9 o’clock every night on his way to bed (so Charlotte’s friend Ellen Nussey remembered), though the original grandfather clock was sold in 1861 after Patrick’s death, and in any case stood in an alcove, as its replacement does now, and couldn’t be seen from the front door. Gaskell first visited Haworth in September 1853 – she described it in two letters to friends, one of which she reproduced in her Life of Charlotte Brontë, and Charlotte and Gaskell discussed the arrangements in the letters they exchanged. ‘Come to Haworth as soon as you can,’ Charlotte wrote on 31 August, ‘the heath is in bloom now; I have waited and watched for its purple signal as the forerunner of your coming.’ In the event a thunderstorm before Gaskell’s arrival ruined the heather’s glorious colour.​
Hassall compiled her scene from different sources: Patrick’s profile, with his distinctive high neckerchief (worn, we are told, because of his fear of bronchitis), was copied from a photograph taken late in his life, when all his children were dead and the family famous. Charlotte, looking younger than she would have been at the time (37) and prettier than she probably ever was (more on this later), is copied from George Richmond’s chalk drawing of 1850. Gaskell – the least distinctive of the three – is represented as much by her dress and slightly haughty stance as by her profile. She seems to be looking down at Patrick, though he’s a head taller. Hassall may have used the 1832 miniature by William Thomson of a 22-year-old Gaskell, or perhaps Richmond’s 1851 drawing (there isn’t as much difference between them as twenty years ought to make). She may have made Gaskell up altogether. The parsonage hall is accurately rendered; perhaps Hassall took it from life.
It’s not a particularly remarkable image, just the sort one comes across by accident, one of the many that illustrated the Brontës’ novels and books about them, as well as romances of famous lives, histories of great authors, worthies of the world and other forgotten compilations that conflated fact and fiction and made figures of the day into heroines and legends. There’s something unsettling about it, though, just as there is about a later image (artist unknown), which shows Charlotte at work on a manuscript while Patrick looks on benignly. Gaskell’s warm welcome is more convincing: there is no report of Patrick ever watching his daughters work; he retired to his study in the evenings. It is uncanny, when one knows the portraits and pictures, to see them separated from their originals and placed in new arrangements. What was done when we weren’t looking? They are ready for Woolf’s travesty of a biography, where ‘all the little figures – for they are rather under life size – will begin to move and speak, and we will arrange them in all sorts of patterns of which they were ignorant.’ (Read more)
The Slate Book Review features Alan Bennett's latest collection of diaries, Keeping On Keeping On and tells an anecdote we had heard before:
Bennett’s affection for his younger partner emerges clearly enough, though, if often at a wicked slant. He records Rupert turning toward him one evening as the credits roll on a television adaptation of Wuthering Heights:
R: ‘You’re rather like Heathcliff.’
Me (gratified): ‘Really?’
R: ‘Yeah. Difficult, Northern and a cunt.’ (Mark O'Connell)
InUth recommends the 2009 adaptation of Wuthering  Heights:
1) Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (1847)
Yes, they’ve already made a series on Emily Brontë’s dark love story (starring Tom Hardy, FYI) in 2009. But have you seen it? That would be a no, right? Precisely why the murky world of WH needs to come alive yet again – to reintroduce us to the ruthless and twisted love story of Heathcliff and Cathy. (Trinaa Prasad)
Il Dubbio (Italy) interviews actor Alessio Boni, who played Heathcliff in the 2004 Italian adaptation of the novel.
Dopo l’uscita di “La ragazza nella nebbia”, sembra che un certo cinema italiano si sia improvvisamente accorto di lei. C’è ancora un pregiudizio del cinema nei confronti della tv? Prima ce n’era molto di più. In effetti sembra che questo personaggio abbia risvegliato qualcosa. In questi ultimi anni mi sono arrivate proposte cinematografiche che non mi convincevano, allora a quel punto scelgo di fare Heathcliff di Cime tempestose in tv. Preferisco la serie True detective a centinaia di film che ho visto. (Chiara Nicoletti) (Translation)
Non Fiction (France) reviews the show Notre Carmen, based on Bizet's famous opera.
Au cours de cette scène, une vidéo d'un amateurisme assumé est projetée sur trois écrans : les personnages caressent un poney dans une campagne verdoyante qui pourrait se trouver dans l'Angleterre d'Emily Brontë. Cette projection confère à la scène un comique décalé, sans nuire à l'émotion offerte par le chant. L'équilibre fragile et subtil de ce beau moment est emblématique de l'art du collectif berlinois Hauen und Stechen, qui est invité pour la première fois en France : un art exigeant, qui mêle références savantes et populaires et sait faire rire sans renoncer à émouvoir. (Caroline Mounier-Vehier) (Translation)
Springfield News-Leader features what's new at the Christian County Library.
Need comic recommendations? Library staff are happy to help match readers with comics that fit their interests and reading levels. Comics can be a great way to get young reluctant readers interested in books, or to read a familiar story in a new way, like the manga version of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. (Katy Pattison)
This is how writer Rodrigo Fresán describes Angela Carter in ABC (Spain):
Si se me pide una definición diré que Angela Carter es como una Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen que se cayó en un burbujeante caldero con LSD hasta los bordes con Kate Bush como música de fondo. O una Brontë liviana de hermanas, independiente y trotamundos. En un mundo mejor y más justo, a Carter deberían volverse adictos los millones de jóvenes que se quedaron sin su dosis de Harry Potter o de vampirismo para escolares. (Translation)
Diary of a Bookfiend posts about Jane Eyre.
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An amateur production of Lucy Gough's adaptation of Wuthering Heights opens today in Stevenage:
The Stevenage Lytton Players present
Wuthering Heights
Adapted by Lucy Gough
The Lytton Theatre
Director/Producer - Michelle Airey

15th to 18th November, 2017
The Lytton Theatre, (The Sishes)
Vardon Road, Pin Green
Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 5PZ

The Stevenage Lytton Players present Wuthering Heights, an adaptation of the classic, literary masterpiece by Emily Brontë.
The passionate but doomed relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff, and its destructive impact on those surrounding them,is one of the most famous and enduring love stories in the English language. In Lucy Gough's adaptation for the stage, the spirit of Brontë's haunting novel is brought to exhilarating life.
Growing up together on the Yorkshire moors, Catherine Earnshaw and the gypsy Heathcliff are inseparable after he is adopted into her family. But when Catherine agrees to marry the refined Edgar Linton, Heathcliff sets his mind to revenge.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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The Guardian wonders whether sexual violence is being 'trivialised in ballet'. The piece ends with this:
The solution is obviously for the artform to get its collective act together and break this narrative bind, yet the trend may not be radically reversed until ballet starts hiring more women as choreographers. Cathy Marston’s Jane Eyre (created for Northern Ballet) and Annaballe Lopez Ochoa’s portrayal of Frida Kahlo for ENB are both recent works that feature suffering heroines; yet the spirited, cussed imaginative women that appeared on stage could never be described as victims and, quite possibly, could not have been choreographed by men. (Judith Mackrell)
Clash features singer Vera's new song, Nobody Else, which he describes as follows:
“Lyrically, 'Nobody Else' is a tribute to the Caribbean novel Wide Sargasso Sea by the Creole writer, Jean Rhys. The novel is a response to Brontë’s Jane Eyre, in which the landowner keeps his Jamaican wife locked up in the attic, allegedly because she is mad. Wide Sargasso Sea tells the story of the “mad woman of the attic” and with this cool tone of tristesse, the book describes the wickedness, the Jamaican landscape and the eternal drinking of rum.” (Robin Murray)
Business Green makes an interesting point:
Through literature and history and art, as well as through geography and science and economics, there are ways to highlight how the environment shapes the world we live in.
We are well aware of the economic reading of the classics. How Jane Eyre or Oliver Twist or the Merchant of Venice are shaped by the economic fault lines they reflect, but there are environmental interpretations available as well. (James Murray)
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A new book by Helen MacEwan exploring the Brontë-Brussels links is published this month:
Through Belgian Eyes
Charlotte Brontë’s Troubled Brussels Legacy
Helen MacEwan
Sussex University Press
ISBN-13: 978-1845199104

Charlotte Brontë’s years in Belgium (1842–43) had a huge influence both on her life and her work. It was in Brussels that she not only honed her writing skills but fell in love and lived through the experiences that inspired two of her four novels: her first, The Professor, and her last and in many ways most interesting, Villette. Her feelings about Belgium are known from her novels and letters – her love for her tutor Heger, her uncomplimentary remarks about Belgians, the powerful effect on her imagination of living abroad. But what about Belgian views of Charlotte Brontë? What has her legacy been in Brussels? How have Belgian commentators responded to her portrayal of their capital city and their society? ‘Through Belgian Eyes’ explores a wide range of responses from across the Channel, from the hostile to the enthusiastic.
In the process, it examines what The Professor and Villette tell Belgian readers about their capital in the 1840s and provides a wealth of detail on the Brussels background to the two novels. Unlike Paris and London, Brussels has inspired few outstanding works of literature. That makes Villette, considered by many to be Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, of particular interest as a portrait of the Belgian capital a decade after the country gained independence in 1830, and just before modernisation and expansion transformed the city out of all recognition from the ‘villette’ (small town) that Charlotte knew. Her view of Brussels is contrasted with those of other foreign visitors and of the Belgians themselves.

Monday, November 13, 2017

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New Jersey Star-Ledger reviews the romance novel A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe. Apparently the Brontës fall into the same category:
My bosom did not heave as I stared into the lapis lazuli pools of his eyes. His manly hands did not take me to places I had never been.
Oddly, though "A Daring Arrangement" did. Yes, this is the confession of a first-time romance reader. Sure, I've read the Brontë sisters and other masters of matters of the heart.
Yet books featuring bare-chested, chiseled men yearning for slightly disheveled women on the covers never called to me. My hesitancy could be snobbery, thinking that books should impart knowledge and these seemed too frothy, sort of like eating leftover Halloween mini candies for lunch. All right two confessions per column are enough. (Jacqueline Cutler)
Fortunately, Alba (Sweden) has a better understanding in an article on the book Kulturkvinnan och andra texter by Ebba Witt-Brattströms:
Frågorna skaver allt medan läsningen fortskrider tillsammans med det lustfyllda konstaterandet att Witt-Brattström är både stridbar och slagfärdig, men också kul. I boken blandas bildningsfeministiska resonemang med skarpa analyser av ett antal viktiga kvinnliga författarskap. Det handlar om klassiker som Selma Lagerlöf, Moa Martinsson, Edith Södergran och Charlotte Brontë, men också verk av nutida författare som Elena Ferrante, Sofi Oksanen och Karolina Ramqvist. (Translation)
El asombrario (Spain) features the book La nueva mujer. Relatos de escritoras estadounidenses del siglo XIX, edited by Gloria Fortún (who we know is a Brontëite and published a biography of Charlotte Brontë).
“A medida que avanza el siglo XIX”, escribe Fortún, “las autoras empiezan a experimentar con nuevas formas que con frecuencia huyen del realismo moralista de las largas novelas inglesas (Charlotte Brontë, George Elliot) que hasta hacía poco tiempo ocupaban los primeros puestos en sus olimpos particulares para abrazar un género que se convertiría en genuinamente americano: el relato”. (Carmen Burgos) (Translation)
Mangobaaz lists '15 Powerful Quotes By The Brontë Sisters That Will Inspire You For Life'. AnneBrontë.org has a post on 'Remembrance Sunday and the Brontë Heroes'.