Sunday, February 18, 2018

Wuthering Heights. Modernised for the 21st Century

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We mentioned this a few weeks ago when it was published all over the press. Now we devote it a post of its own:
Drama Modern Romance presents
Wuthering Heights. Modernised for the 21st Century
Original Novel by Emily Brontë
Edited by Professor John Sutherland

What if Heathcliff's stubborn pride drove him to leave bad comments on Nelly's Twitter poll about 'Who should Catherine choose?' What if Mr Darcy was narcissistic because he could see all his potential marriage matches on Tinder? Would we have questioned Angel's love for Tess if he'd actually been distracted with Instagram and Pinterest? We're re-imagining our favourite characters from classic romance novels - Pride and Prejudice, Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Wuthering Heights - with a modern twist. Adding in digital devices and our beloved apps, we're seeing if technology would ruin the 'art of romance' in classic love stories. With the help of Professor John Sutherland, we've reworked these three classics to see how our heroes and heroines may have acted had the events taken place in social media. So take a look, download the modern classics, and don't forget - you can always find a bit of romance with Drama.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The visit of the Duchess of Cornwall to Yorkshire and the Brontë Parsonage, in particular, is all over the place:
The Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to the Worth Valley in Yorkshire today, and it seems she enjoyed all of the literary connections involved.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited the Brontë Parsonage Museum, where all three Bronte sisters wrote their novels. This year marks both the 90th anniversary of the founding of the museum, as well as the bicentennial of Emily Brontë’s birth. In honour of the latter, the museum has, through 2017, been recreating a manuscript of Wuthering Heights.
A museum spokesman said “During 2017, over 10,000 visitors participated in Clare Twomey’s Wuthering Heights – A Manuscript project, which set out to create a new version of Emily Brontë’s long-lost manuscript by copying it out one line at a time.
“Her Royal Highness will also meet Clare Twomey before writing the last line of Wuthering Heights into the newly-created manuscript in the very house where Emily wrote the original.”
The Duchess has long been a keen supporter of literacy project and is a patron of the National Literacy Project, as well as the BBC 2 500 words competition which is running at the moment. She was then no doubt very pleased that in addition to her guided tour of the museum by Principal Curator Ann Dinsdale, the visit also included a private reception where she met staff, and local children who had recently taken part in a creative writing competition organised by the museum. (Peter Anderson in Royal Central)
Earlier, Camilla fulfilled a life-long wish to visit the Brontë family parsonage in - and even got to make her mark by writing the final line in a new manuscript of Wuthering Heights.Ostensibly her visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, on the edge of some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful moorland, was to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Emily Bronte and 90 years of the museum, but it was also a very personal one for the duchess.
‘I’ve always wanted to visit this place,’ she told Mail Online. ‘This really is such a treat. I’ve always been fascinated by the Brontës.’
Camilla received a short, personal tour of the house with principal curator Ann Dinsdale, and got to handle - gloves on- some of its most precious treasures, including sketches made by the famous sisters themselves - Emily, Charlotte and Anne - and miniature, handwritten books.
‘How did they do this?’ she marvelled. ‘Even with my glasses and a magnifying glass I can barely read them.’
She also wondered at how tiny the sisters, dresses were - ‘they really were so tiny, weren’t they?’ - and of the sadness of their lives. None of the sisters lived until old age: Charlotte died at 38, Emily at 30 and Anne at 29, and all were childless.
Their father, Patrick Brontë, curate of Haworth Church, outlived all of his six children and also his wife.
She was also invited to take part in Clare Twomey’s Wuthering Heights - A Manuscript project, which set out to recreate the long-lost first manuscript of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights by inviting 12,000 visitors to each copy a line from the book.
Some enthusiasts queued for three days to write the line of their choice for the bound book, which will be displayed for the rest of the year.
The duchess was invited to write the last line in the manuscript which read: ‘and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth’.
‘I had better make sure this is in my best handwriting, ‘ she joked, but afterwards admitted: ‘I think that tailed off a bit towards the end, sorry.’
Afterwards she stopped off at a short reception where she met museum staff and volunteers, as well as local schoolchildren who recently took part in a creative writing competition organised by the museum.
The duchess is an avid reader and patron of a number of literary charities.
There was something of a royal first later as she boarded a vintage bus for a very bumpy ride through the streets of the village.
As the bus started creaking ominously at the top of a steep hill, the royal joked loudly: ‘I hope the brakes are working!’
But she still managed to wave cheerily to local well-wishers and tourists lining the streets. (Rebecca English in Daily Mail)
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The Yorkshire Post interviews Lily Cole about her role as creative partner of the Brontë Parsonage:
The bicentenary commemorations continue this year, with the spotlight falling on Emily, and a few weeks ago the museum announced that Lily Cole would be its creative partner.
It seemed an inspired choice. A model, actor and businesswoman, Cole has become a bit of a role model and, as a fan of the Brontës, and Emily in particular, the museum looked like it had scored a coup.
However, not everyone saw it that way and Cole’s tenure got off to a something of a rocky start when critical comments about her appointment made in a blog by a disapproving Brontë Society member went viral.
His gripe was the post should have been given to a writer, the inference being that a public face like Cole was a bit of a publicity stunt. As a number of authors and literary scholars jumped to Cole’s defence, her own dignified, articulate and measured response was published in the Guardian and when we meet in Haworth she hopes the furore is behind her as she looks forward to the next 12 months helping to celebrate Emily’s legacy.
Wuthering Heights is one of my favourite books; I have read it multiple times over the years,” she says. “And Emily’s relationship to nature and to the landscape has always resonated with me – I am a nature person at heart. In Wuthering Heights she creates a whole world, as all great novels do, that feels completely truthful and authentic – and the characters are so real. I think Heathcliff is one of the most powerful fictional characters in literature.”
Cole has taken Heathcliff as a starting point for a short film that she will be producing which is currently at the writing and development stage. It will explore the connections between the origins of Emily’s famous anti-hero, found by Mr Earnshaw abandoned as a child in Liverpool, and the real foundlings of the 19th century in a new partnership with the Foundling Museum in London, of which Cole has been a fellow since 2016.  (...)
“I have been looking through the archives there at years that have resonance – so 1764, which is the year that Heathcliff was born, 1818 when Emily was born, 1848 when she died – and immersing myself in the research to try to understand the society that Emily was living and writing in. And because her father Patrick was a social campaigner I think Emily would have been aware of some of the social issues of the time.”
While she was visiting Haworth, Cole stayed at nearby Ponden Hall, often cited as a possible model for the Wuthering Heights farmhouse, an experience she found inspiring. “It was magical,” she says. “I was so excited to see the window that Emily drew when she was 10 years old, and that had inspired that infamous scene in Wuthering Heights.”
She explored the landscape, walking across the moors to Ponden Kirk – the inspiration for Penistone Crags – before returning to the museum to explore archive material in the collection relating to Emily and her work. “There isn’t a lot, as so much has been destroyed or lost over time, but there are some really special objects,” she says. “I didn’t realise that Emily’s handwriting was so tiny. Her poems exist like secret documents and I was perhaps most surprised by Emily’s drawings, for example a beautiful portrait of a wounded hawk that she had apparently rescued. I hadn’t realised she was a talented visual artist.” (...)
“We decided that as well as marking Emily’s brilliance as a writer, we wanted to look at her wider artistic talents,” says Jenna Holmes, who leads the contemporary arts programme at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. “She was the most accomplished artist and musician of all the family. We selected projects and partners that would reflect these multi-disciplinary interests, but also touch on the themes that resonate with Emily, such as the landscape.”
There was also the opportunity to use Wuthering Heights as a means to investigate contemporary issues still relevant in society today such as identity, belonging and migration. “Lily is a perfect fit for Emily,” says Holmes. “A writer herself with interests in the environment, literacy and the creative arts as well as a social entrepreneur, there are many parallels with Emily’s work. She is a talented film-maker and we look forward to seeing what she creates.”
Other celebrations include a new exhibition, Making Thunder Roar. The show invites a number of well-known Emily admirers to share their own fascination with her life and work and relate it to a piece from the museum collection. They include screenwriter and director Sally Wainwright who chose cuttings of reviews of Wuthering Heights found in Emily’s writing desk after her death; comedian Josie Long who selected the drawing of a window made by Emily when she was a child; and novelist Benjamin Myers who used Emily’s study of a fir tree as inspiration for a poem.
Cole chose the “Bell” signatures, the androgynous pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell inscribed on a fragment of paper in the handwriting of Charlotte, Emily and Anne. (Yvette Huddelston)
Banbridge Leader informs that the re-opening of the Brontë Interpretative Centre in Rathfriland has been delayed:
The re-opening of the Brontë Interpretive Centre has been put on hold whilst an application for a new entertainment licence is considered.
The centre near Rathfriland has been closed since early January to allow for essential maintenance works.
In addition to refurbishing the interior of both buildings, emergency lighting and electrical fittings have been upgraded and some sections of the concrete walkways around the centre’s grounds have been replaced.
With the application process normally taking six weeks to complete, it is anticipated that the centre will re-open in April.
iNews imagines the Brontës using social media today:
The Brontë Sisters would find their social media home on Instagram, bluestocking rivals to the Kardashians. Anne, Charlotte and Emily would post moody selfies on the Yorkshire moors and film vlogs from Haworth parsonage. #Wuthering #Wildfell (Laura Freeman)
Laura Freeman's book, The Reading Cure: How Books Restored My Appetite, is reviewed in The Times:
Freeman, who now reviews books for The Times, can pinpoint the exact hour when something in her mind gave way. It was 2001 and she was 13 and nearing the end of an idyllic summer holiday with her family. She was dreading returning to her academic all-girls school, a place more hateful to her than Jane Eyre’s Lowood or Nicholas Nickleby’s Dotheboys. Two thirds of each year group went on to Oxbridge and there was plenty of what the school called healthy rivalry, which she experienced as bullying. (Cathy Rentzenbrink)
Inspiring ladies in literature on iSubscribe:
Charlotte Brontë’s eponymous heroine Jane Eyre is regarded as one of the first feminist icons in literature. Determined to garner an education, the precocious young woman insists her guardian send her to school, upon leaving which she obtains a job as a governess. Women of the 19th century were generally expected to marry and bear children, but Jane is firmly in control of her own destiny.
Amy Chozick explains in the New York Times her literary personal history:
I’ve always been a voracious reader. Growing up in San Antonio, I was the dork at the Friday night football games with my head buried in a book — Jack Kerouac or Oscar Wilde, years before I really understood them. As my neighbors moved lava lamps and glass bongs and Foo Fighters posters into their college dorm rooms in Austin, I unpacked the Brontë sisters boxed set and a vintage edition of “The Bell Jar.” Pretentious? Let’s just say I didn’t get invited to a lot of frat parties. But that was who I was.
The Herald talks with Chloe Pirrie:
Having watched Sally Wainwright’s Brontë drama To Walk Invisible the night before, I’ve arrived in Shoreditch trailing notions of Pirrie framed by her portrayal of Emily Brontë, all flint and spark and fire. (Teddy Jamieson)
The Telegraph reviews the film The Bookshop by Isabel Coixet:
[Bill] Nighy sneaks in some necessary laughs, too, with his sheer antipathy to Clarkson’s character, and makes Mr Brundish, in his brooding isolation and principled rage, come over as exactly the reluctant riff on a Brontë hero the author had in mind. (Tim Robey)
The Times also reviews the film:
The film needed either the lightness of touch that Sally Potter brought to her recent triumph The Party (also starring Mortimer and Clarkson) or the serious intensity that Andrea Arnold brought to her Wuthering Heights. Instead it is adapted and directed by the Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet (Elegy) with all the finesse and psychological realism of an am-dram art-happening set on Pluto. (Kevin Maher)
Sarah Churchwell in The Guardian defends the need for women to rewrite history (the fine line between denouncing patriarchy and condescendingly retrojudging, Stalin vs Trotsky anyone?, is dangerously walked on):
That uncertainty speaks to women’s experience of the world, their need to discover whether men are predators or protectors. The classic gothic – say, Jane Eyre (1847) – tends to validate the woman’s perspective: her anxieties are warranted and legitimate. By contrast, many modern gothics – say, Rebecca (1938), which rewrites Jane Eyre – end with the heroine’s fears revealed as foolish, even hysterical; she misread the man’s perspective, and must learn to read him better in future. In other words, the story is gaslighting its own heroine: she was being paranoid. Given that such narratives encourage the audience to share the heroine’s suspicions, they also gaslight the audience, reinforcing the idea that women are unreliable interpreters of male behaviour.
Also in The Guardian, Joyce Carol Oates says:
The book that had the greatest influence on my writing
Possibly the stories of Franz Kafka. Or Dubliners. Or Wuthering Heights. Or ...
Camden New Journal reviews The Divide:
[Erin] Doherty pitches her funny, feisty character just right as she tries to make sense of the bewildering religious, political and moral differences expressed by the people she loves, and begins her own awakening secretly reading proscribed books such as Jane Eyre. (Julie Tomlin)
Dread Central interviews film director Derek Nguyen:
Mike Sprague: What are some of the films that inspired The Housemaid?
DN: Jane Eyre, The Others, Rebecca, The Shining.
The Irish Times interviews the fashion designer Josep Font:
“It is important to disconnect. I like buying artisan crafts, perfumes, soaps and finding materials for a friend who is building a house.” His preferred reading is Stendhal and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is one of his favourite novels. (Deirdre McQuillan)
Episcopal Café reviews the film Phantom Thread:
It is hard not to be spellbound by Paul Thomas Anderson’s disturbingly beautiful Phantom Thread, Daniel Day-Lewis’ mystifyingly memorable Reynolds Jeremiah Woodcock, and Vicky Krieps’ enigmatically sensational Alma. It is a most unconventional, unparalleled older boy meets girl story. Both Woodcock and Alma veer away from the archetypal Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre, Max De Winter and the second Mrs. De Winter or even Professor Higgins and Eliza Doolittle. (Esther Dharmaraj)
La Stampa (Italy) reviews the novel Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor:
Lo scenario è quello di un non meglio precisato paesino rurale del nord dell’Inghilterra. A est bacini idrici e tutto intorno quella stessa lirica e cupa brughiera delle Cime tempestose di Emily Brontë. (Alessia Gazzola) (Translation)
El Norte de Castilla (Spain) talks about the La Ofrenda by Gustavo Martín Garzo:
El libro dibuja así una trama que en sí misma no oculta deberle, y mucho, a otros grandes clásicos de la novela gótica, como ‘Jane Eyre’, de Charlotte Brontë, o ‘Rebeca’, de Daphne du Maurier: «Todas ellas se construyen a partir de jóvenes heroínas desamparadas y un secreto oscuro al que se enfrentan». (Samuel Regueira) (Translation)
Il Terreno (Italy) and the ex-football player Carlo Caramelli:
Carlo Caramelli ricorda molto sir Lawrence Oliver nel film “Cime Tempestose”, sia per l’aplomb britannica che per il timbro basso, quasi roco, della voce, come il disperato Heathcliff quando invocava il nome di Cathy nella bufera di neve. In questo caso specifico, però, le condizioni climatiche o il tono impostato c’entrano poco. (Translation)
Valentine's Day still lingers on in Libero Pensiero (Italy) :
E ancora, potremmo omaggiare il bellissimo “Cime Tempestose” di Emily Brontë: il romanzo per eccellenza dell’amore come forza totalizzante e irrazionale. La bellezza del libro è nel suo essere sgombro da ogni ornamento, perché racconta di una storia lontana dal semplicistico «e vissero per sempre felici e contenti»: l’amore è inteso nella sua essenza più totale, e come tale anche in senso prettamente negativo, una storia di un sentimento ardente che va oltre ogni cosa. La bella e capricciosa Catherine e il rozzo e duro Heathcliff sono due personaggi dalla passionalità bruciante e a tratti “crudeli” nell’essenza, e il tutto viene portato ai limiti più estremi. Amore e odio che convivono, si scontrano e trovano sempre nuovi compromessi. (Vanessa Vaia) (Translation)
Boersenblatt (Germany) reviews a couple of German Wuthering Heights audiobooks:
Zu den wichtigen literarischen Terminen dieses Jahres gehört der 200. Geburtstag Emily Brontës am 30. Juli. Die britische Schriftstellerin wurde nur 30 Jahre alt; ihr Werk ist schmal, ein einziger Roman hat in ihrem Fall für den Weltruhm genügt: "Sturmhöhe". Zum Jubiläum gibt es zwei ungekürzte Hörbuchfassungen; bei der einen (Audiobuch Verlag, 12 CDs, 22,95 Euro) lesen Beate Rysop und Wolfgang Berger im Wechsel und markieren dadurch die Geschlechterspannung in Brontës Erzählwelt auch akus­tisch. Bisweilen klingt der Roman hier aber ein wenig zu brav und aufgesagt. Im Alleingang liest ihn dagegen der 2014 verstorbene Rolf Boysen (Der Hörverlag, 10 CDs, 20,95 Euro). Seine wuchtige, maskuline Deklamation, mit der er viele eindrückliche Klassiker-Lesungen von Homer bis Kleist geschaffen hat, kann bei diesem Referenzwerk der weiblichen Literaturgeschichte zunächst irritieren. Aber schnell zeigt sich: Dieser Roman voller Leidenschaftlichkeit und Selbstzerstörung, voller Stolz, Wut und Wahn ist eine ideale Partitur für den Pathetiker Boysen. Sein kantiger, schroffer, manchmal ­kauzig-komischer Ton treibt alles Sentimentale aus dem Text heraus und bringt Brontës illusionslose, in der Tradition Shakespeares stehende Kunst der Menschendarstellung zur Geltung. Gebannt lauscht man dieser intensiven Lesung, einer Sturmhöhe der Vortragskunst. (Wolfgang Schneider) (Translation)
PJs and Pugs remembers reading Wuthering Heights a few years ago;  Ksiażkowir (in Polish) posts about The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
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Two theatre alerts for
these days:
Barn Theatre presents
Brontë
by Polly Teale
Friday 16th – Saturday 24th February 2018 in the Auditorium
Welwyn Garden City AL8 6ST, UK

A glimpse into the real and imagined world of the Brontë sisters
Brontë explores how three Victorian sisters, isolated on the Yorkshire moors, came to write some of the most powerful and passionate fiction of all time.
We see the real and imagined worlds of the three Brontë sisters as the play moves seamlessly from the kitchen table to the wild moors. The fictional characters they have created come to haunt the sisters as they cope with their father’s poor health, and their brother’s painful descent into an alcohol-infused insanity. Time, reality and the imagination merge in an unconventional structure that encourages a brave, creative approach to production.
Cornerstone Theatre Arts presents
Tolle Lege: Take Up and Read
Conceived, created and directed by Jacqueline Dion
Goshen Music Hall, 223 Main Street, Goshen, IN

Comprised of scenes and monologues adapted from classic novels, "Tolle Lege" celebrates the works of literature's greatest artists, including J.D. Salinger, The Bronté Sisters, Harper Lee, and more.

Friday, February 16, 2018

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The Huddersfield Daily Examiner tells about a pop-up display at Huddersfield railway station.
The display compiled by Kirklees Museums and Galleries is called Along the Line and focuses on the locations you can see when travelling along the railway line from Huddersfield.
The display cases – containing artefacts from local museums – are designed with a vintage railway poster-inspired theme to tell the stories of the towns, villages and countryside that make up Kirklees. Each display focuses on a railway line out of Huddersfield station. [...]
The platform 6 display features objects from the Leeds line, including items from Dewsbury and Batley. It includes a piece of the staircase from Blake Hall in Mirfield where Anne Brontë was a governess and used her experiences there in her novel Agnes Grey.
All the displays – which will be on show at the station for the next six months – are behind the ticket barriers, so you will need a valid travel ticket to see them. (Henryk Zientek)
The New York Times' By the Book has an interview with writer Kristin Hannah.
Tell us your favorite works of historical fiction.The Shadow of the Wind,” “Katherine,” “Gone With the Wind,” “The Color Purple,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell,” “Shogun,” “Atonement,” “Anna Karenina,” “Jane Eyre,” “Middlemarch,” “Lonesome Dove” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” I haven’t read “The Thorn Birds” or “The Shell Seekers” in years, but I remember loving them.
Playwright Bryony Lavery writes about adapting Graham Greene's Brighton Rock for the stage on The Arts Desk.
I never have the idea of adapting anything at all myself. The suggestions always come from directors or theatre companies. Someone calls me to say, Would I be interested in adapting this book… and I say… "Let me read it and get back to you”, then I sit down and whizz through it… and… if my heart lifts at the thought, I say “yes”. If it sinks… I decline politely. You have to be excited by the work of someone who is, in fact, going to be The Head Writer.
So far, I have been The Junior Writer or, as I position myself, Assistant to… Mr Robert Louis Stevenson, Mr Bram Stoker, Ms Kate Atkinson, Ms Emily Brontë, Mr Evelyn Waugh, Mr Armistead Maupin, and many other glorious story-tellers. This year, I’m about to enter into that relationship with Mr Arthur Ransome, Mr David Walliams and Ms Andrea Levy. But, I’m here to tell you about my current liaison with Graham Greene, and his novel Brighton Rock.
The Economist reviews the book In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Fiona Sampson, published in the bicentenary of the publication of the novel.
Few novels have had such mythical beginnings, and few have themselves achieved the status of myths, as “Frankenstein” has. It was the founding text of modern science fiction. It has been endlessly retold in different forms—perhaps only Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” have proved as fertile. 
The Advance (Canada) features Beverly Wong-Kleinjan, who creates handmade leather journals.
To add to the uniqueness and creativity of each piece, Wong-Kleinjan prints inspirational quotes on the title pages of some journals and selects leathers and/or closures that pair well with the quote. For instance, she says a nice rugged, brown leather seems to go well with a quote from Charles Dickens or Thoreau, while a more 'refined' tan or burgundy leather fits a Jane Austen or Brontë quote. (Laura Churchill Duke)
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A new Italian translation of Brontë letters, diaries or juvenilia has been published:
Charlotte Brontë. Il diario di Roe Head 1831-1838
Translated by Alessandranna D'Auria
flower-ed
Collana: Windy Moors, Vol 15
ISBN: 978-88-85628-20-5

Negli anni solitari in cui si trovò a Roe Head, prima come allieva e poi come insegnante, Charlotte Brontë tenne dei fogli slegati conosciuti oggi come Roe Head Journal. Si tratta di un testo in qualche modo connesso ad Angria, il ciclo narrativo dell’adolescenza, eppure dotato di una sua indipendenza: un giornale di appunti in cui Charlotte impresse attimi di fantasia indotta, cosciente e visionaria, immagini che non doveva dimenticare e che a casa, a Haworth, doveva elaborare e narrare nelle sue storie... Il volume presenta il Roe Head Journal di Charlotte Brontë per la prima volta tradotto integralmente in italiano, accompagnando il lettore con ampi racconti, commenti e approfondimenti.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Yesterday, Valentine's Day, LitHub put together a list of '30 of the worst couples in literature', including
Heathcliff and Catherine, Wuthering Heights The mutual obsession is out of control here. “My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary,” Catherine says. “Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being. So don’t talk of our separation again: it is impracticable.” When he loses Catherine for good, Heathcliff becomes pretty evil, seeking to destroy anyone who has crossed him and prevented him from being with his One True Love—plus their children for good measure. For her part, after her death, Catherine haunts Heathcliff until the bitter end. So romantic. [...]
Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, Jane Eyre Let’s face it: as a love interest, Mr. Rochester sucks. He’s rude, ugly, manipulative, dresses up as a gypsy woman to trick people, and oh right, keeps his first wife Bertha locked in the attic. Because she’s crazy! It’s fine if she’s crazy, right?
Mr. Rochester and Antoinette, Wide Sargasso Sea No, it’s really not fine, and also her name isn’t Bertha.
The Daily Campus, however, lists Jane Eyre as the feminist choice on a list of 'Five romantic reads'.
The feminist choice: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte
Brontë’s classic novel “Jane Eyre” rounds out the list as a controversial feminist choice. The 19th century novel follows Jane Eyre through her spiritual, moral and romantic growth. Bronte’s social commentary doubles as an interesting though unusual love story between Jane and Mr. Rochester full of mystery, supernatural elements and poetic language. “Jane Eyre” is a must-read for a romance novel connoisseur. (Alexis Taylor)
Berkeley Squares introduces an article on Fifty Shades of Grey as follows:
So, February has arrived, traditionally known as the month of love in which couples worldwide celebrate their unity. Love is a real pulling factor for every industry, with literature being no exception. There is no shortage of romantic stories on our bookshelves, and some of the most famous and successful of all stories are about love. Any utterance of Charlotte Brontë or Nicholas Sparks may fire up to reminiscing readers legions of memories about how “that” novel is the best love story ever written. (Joel Sodzi)
A contributor to Hello Giggles  wrote about Valentine's Day and never having been in love.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a romantic — ever since I was young and playing with Barbies. My Aladdin doll would always fall in love with whatever princess doll I liked most at the time. As I got older, I could recite the dialogue from any romantic comedy I could rent at Blockbuster. The fictional romances in classic books — Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Gatsby and Daisy, Catherine and Heathcliff — have fueled my desire for love since I first read them. With this knowledge base of timeless romances throughout the ages, I always thought love would happen in my life. (Lauren Hedenkamp)
The Guardian recommends watching Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights on Film 4 (UK) tonight.
Film choice
Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold, 2011) 1.20am, Film4
Arnold brings real conviction to her adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic. This is the first version that makes overt the latent suggestion that Heathcliff (played by Solomon Glave as a youth and James Howson when older) is black, emphasising the transgressive nature of his love for Catherine. (Paul Howlett)
And so does The Times.

Linda's Book Bag interviews writer Claire Dyer.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to read? I read loads of different kinds of books. Having done an MA in Victorian literature, I confess I adore Brontë, Dickens, Eliot, etc.
CBR reviews the book Gothic Tales of Haunted Love whose
heroine isn’t a Jane Eyre, destined to help him towards moral reform. She has no patience for his bad behavior. And as a black woman from Bermuda, he makes it clear that she doesn’t even register as a prospect to him. If anything, her destiny, if this were a typical gothic romance, is more likely to be Bertha Mason-Rochester, locked in the attic while her shiftless man romances the new governess. But this book starts with a murder — and not hers. (Megan Purdy)
The Brussels Brontë Blog shares an almost day-by-day of the Brontës in Brussels in February 1842. Stuff (New Zealand) mentions in passing that Celine Dion's song It's All Coming Back to Me Now was inspired by Wuthering Heights. Vogue (Australia) features the wedding of a girl named Brontë whose mother read a paragraph from Jane Eyre during the ceremony. DM Denton, author of Without the Veil Between, wrote about Anne Brontë and Valentine's day. Finally, on Twitter West Yorkshire Archives celebrated Valentine's Day by sharing an image of Patrick and Maria Brontë's marriage certificate.
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The latest issue of The Brontë Society Gazette is now out (Issue 74. January 2018. ISSN 1344-5940).
ARTICLES

Wecolme by Rebecca Yorke, Brontë Society Head of Communication and Marketing
Letter from the Chair by John Thirlwell, Chair of the Brontë Society
Close-Up on the Collection. The Museum in 2018 by Ann Dinsdale, Principal Curator and Sarah Laycock (Curator)
The Brontës and Jewellery by Amy Rowbottom, Curatorial Assistant
An Interview with Caryl Phillips by Glynis Charlton
Views from a Literary House by Rebecca Yorke
Literary Houses: A Personal Inspiration by Coreen Turner
Food for Thought by Diane Fare, Audience Development Officer
Emily and I... by Callie Nestleroth
Wuthering Heights... and Me (Call)
The Brontë Bookshelf:
Brontë Transformations by Patsy Stoneman

Mr Nicholls by Juliet Heslewood
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Valentine's day today, so let's start with that. According to Indian Express, both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are 'romantic novels to curl up with if you alone on this day'.
Jane Eyre
This 1847 Charlotte Brontë novel terrifies, yes, but also teaches you how to love. Mr Rochester might not be a Mr Darcy but he has his own charm and secrets. The way Jane braves obstacles and a certain mad woman in the attic to reunite with Rochester has made this dark, haunting tale into a classic that you cannot put down.
Wuthering Heights
Written by Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights is darker than Jane Eyre even only by a shade. Set against the moor, the romance as depicted in the novel between Heathcliff and Catherine destroys more than it mends. And yet, ultimately it heals. “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger,” has been quoted over and over again. (Ishita Sengupta)
Similarly, Bustle shares '14 Instagram Captions About Being Single & Loving It To Post On Valentine’s Day 2018', including an apocryphal one by Charlotte Brontë which isn't about loving being single (and lonely) at all.
“The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely." — Charlotte Brontë
Charlotte Brontë never wrote that at all. In a letter to Ellen Nussey written in August 1852, however, she wrote:
The evils that now and then wring a groan from my heart – lie in position – not that I am a single woman and likely to remain a single woman – but because I am a lonely woman and likely to be lonely. But it cannot be helped and therefore imperatively must be borne – and borne too with as few words about it as may be.
We wouldn't use that on Instagram to convey a cheery image of being single!

Williamsburg Yorktown Daily on 'Where to spark first-date romance in Williamsburg':
Mermaid Books also has first-date potential, with its quirky decor. There are comic strips taped to the walls and mermaid paintings on stools and above bookshelves. Plus, the scent of books — and being surrounded by literary romances from “Pride and Prejudice” to “Wuthering Heights” — could create an intimate mood. (Alexa Doiron)
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin recommends 'Film ideas for a quiet Valentine’s Day on the couch'.
This week, besides candy and flowers, consider sharing a romance movie with your sweetheart. There’s a lot there, from last year’s “Shape of Water” and “Beauty and the Beast” to 1997′s “Titanic” and “The Notebook” (2004), “Splash” (1984) and “Wuthering Heights” (1939). 
The Washington Post has an article by a 'wheelchair user' and author on love and disabilities which begins by wondering,
To you, it may be all about chocolates vs. flowers. But to me, Valentine’s Day raises questions about our society’s shared notions of the ideal romantic hookup.
Romeo and Juliet? Jane Eyre and Rochester? Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet? More modern thinkers might offer Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.
Worthy examples, all. Yet what do these fantasies tell us about our assumptions? Besides being white and cis-heteronormative, every one of these fictional lovers is able-bodied. (Ben Mattlin)
Writer Rodrigo Fresán writes about love and literature for Página 12 (Argentina).
Y por cada perfectos Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy y Elizabeth Bennet de Jane Austen hay unos muy pero muy complicados Heathcliff y Cathy Earnshaw de Emily Brontë. Aunque –se dice Rodríguez– uno nunca esté del todo seguro de quiénes la pasaron y amaron mejor: ¿los orgullosos y prejuiciosos finalmente humildes y abiertos o los eternamente borrascosos y encumbrados de todo corazón? (Translation)
Juventud Rebelde (Cuba) suggests 14 books for the day, including Wuthering Heights.
11 Cumbres borrascosas, Emily Brontë
Cumbres borrascosas es una novela trágica y dramática. Cuenta la historia de dos generaciones que se entrecruzan en la mansión Cumbres Borrascosas, en los lúgubres páramos de Yorkshire. Entre sus muchos acontecimientos, el más poderoso es el romance entre Catherine y Heathcliff, un amor infortunado y tormentoso. Las diferentes personalidades de los personajes luchan y debaten entre sí y acaban librando una ardua batalla en nombre del amor. La venganza, el odio, el desengaño y la pasión son protagonistas en esta historia clásica de la literatura inglesa.
La novela de Emily Brontë es una de las historias de amor más representativas del romanticismo inglés. A pesar del paso del tiempo y de la realidad social actual, la historia continua teniendo la intensidad de antaño. La intriga se mantiene y va en aumento desde el inicio hasta que descubres la historia completa. (Translation)
Vanity Fair tries to steer away from the usual bookish recommendations.
 In novels, too, what’s referred to as the “marriage plot” is a long-established convention: think of Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre or A Room With a View, all solid Valentine’s Day choices. (Chris Power)
The New York Times begins a review of a couple of recent novels about marriage by quoting - rightly - Charlotte Brontë.
Rarely has a newlywed delivered a more withering assessment of marriage than Charlotte Brontë. “It is a solemn and strange and perilous thing for a woman to become a wife,” she wrote to a friend — fresh off her honeymoon, no less.
A number of recent books have taken up her argument, looking anew at marriage and how it benefits women (or mostly doesn’t), as well as how our ideas about courtship and intimacy have evolved [.] (Parul Sehgal)
A funny typo in an article on the real 'madwoman in the attic' on Bustle:
The "Madwoman In The Attack" From 'Jane Eyre' Was Actually Based On A True Story — Sort Of [...]
In 1839, Charlotte Brontë visited a medieval manor house called Norton Conyers. The grand house is still open for visitors today, and bears a striking resemblance to the descriptions of Thornfield Hall. Being a Brontë, though, Charlotte was immediately drawn to the secret attic passageway: Behind a hidden door in the wall paneling, a secret staircase leads to a small corner of the attic known as "Mad Mary's Room." The story went that years ago, Mary had been confined to that room by the rest of the family, either to protect her or to hide her in shame.
Around the time of her visit, Brontë was unhappily employed as a governess for the wealthy Sidgwick family. When she sat down to write Jane Eyre a few years later, she combined the experience of a young, awkward, impoverished governess with the rumors of a woman locked in the attic, and threw in an unfriendly love interest for good measure.
The secret staircase was re-discovered by the owners of Norton Conyers in 2004, who connected it with the legend of "Mad Mary."
Of course, we don't know much about Mary herself, or even what else Brontë might have heard about her. We don't know whether she was married, or from Jamaica, or even what sort of "madness" she exhibited. What we do know is that confining mentally ill relatives to the home was, unfortunately, often the more humane option at the time. English treatment for mental illness in the 1700s and 1800s mostly consisted of committing patients in prison-like asylums and "treating" them with straitjackets, chains, bloodletting, induced blisters, and the like. Many patients did not survive the process.
But still, I think most of us can agree that "lock your wife in the attic and pretend she never existed" isn't a great solution, either.
We can also guess that Mary was less enamored of fire than Bertha, since Norton Conyers is still standing to this day. In Jane Eyre, Bertha eventually burns down Thornfield and dies by suicide.
One the one hand, Brontë's "madwoman" is a tragic figure, a literary manifestation of Jane's own feelings of oppression, passion, and confinement as she is constantly hemmed in by her class and her gender. But on the other hand... Brontë definitely took the life of a real mentally ill woman and transformed her into a Gothic monster, with some bonus colonial bigotry that seems to conflate her Creole heritage with her "beastly" behavior. That's not great.
We'll never know what Mary herself would have thought of her literary legacy, but if you happen to be in North Yorkshire, England, you can still visit Mary's secret staircase, leading up to her quiet, hidden corner of the attic. (Charlotte Ahlin)
Real Simple on what Jane Eyre is no good for:
Many classic novels have nothing to say about parents, who are often dead or off-stage. Jane Eyre is a great book, but it won’t make you feel better about yelling at your kids for shaving the cat. (Shannon Reed)
Okay then.

Writer Ned Beauman writes about naming characters for Signature Reads.
What I’ve never had the courage to do is write two characters with the same name, like the various Lintons, Cathys and Heathcliffs in Wuthering Heights, or the two Jason Compsons in The Sound and the Fury (which has fifteen point-of-view characters, by the way). A novel with a cast as large as mine should really have at least one name duplication, not only for statistical veracity but also because it’s the logical endpoint of the method I’ve described.
El País (Spain) features the work of photographer Thomas Nölle:
Es fácil imaginarse a Heathcliff y Catherine, los protagonistas de Cumbres borrascosas, en alguno de los paisajes del artista alemán Thomas Nölle (Soest, Alemania, 1948). Pero puede que esos paisajes los haya retratado Nölle en un trayecto entre Badajoz y Lisboa, y no en un páramo inglés azotado por el viento: se huye del realismo fotográfico para introducir la subjetividad creando paisajes propios del universo estético romántico. (Sergio C. Fanjul) (Translation)
Palatinate has an article on the many wonders of Yorkshire:
Arguably the most picturesque part of the country consists of the seemingly endless green blades that stretch from horizon to horizon, which are the Dales and the Moors. Not just the place for Cathy to scavenge for Heathcliff, this part of Yorkshire is the heart of small village culture so quaint and picturesque everywhere you look could form the image of a postcard. [...]
Yorkshire is far from just the birthplace of the humble Yorkshire pudding, Brontë sisters and funny accents. No matter what you interests you on your next trip, God’s own county has everything you need. (Alia Muhanna)
While Belfast Telegraph features the wonders of County Down in Northern Ireland as contributed by school children.
Patrick Brontë, the father of much-loved writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne, was born at Emdale, between Banbridge and Rathfriland. The river valley from Banbridge to Rathfriland is called Brontë Country.
In the mid-1800s Charlotte wrote the novel Jane Eyre, Emily was the author of Wuthering Heights and Anne penned The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, all considered outstanding works of literature.
The Times features actress Florence Pugh, who starred in the film Lady Macbeth.
It started early for Florence Pugh. The word on the street. The buzz. It was during the editing of her film, last year’s critical smash Lady Macbeth. The movie is extraordinary. Like Wuthering Heights meets Wonder Woman, with a dash of Psycho, all wrapped around the monumental performance of Pugh, playing a 19th-century wife who takes a shotgun to the patriarchy. (Kevin Maher)
Esquire (Spain) lists seven fictional characters which weren't rightly portrayed on the screen, including
5. Cathy Earnshaw (Juliette Binoche) – Cumbres Borrascosas
Juliette Binoche tiene el aspecto perfecto para interpretar a la trágica heroína creada por Emily Brontë. Pero no funcionó. En absoluto. Binoche tuvo poca culpa, pero al ser francesa, su acento no logra que el personaje sea creíble. (Rosie Fletcher) (Translation)
Dazeba News (Italy) reviews Villette. Alison's Wonderland Recipes has put together a 'Wuthering Heights reading kit'. On the Brussels Brontë Blog, Eric Ruijssenaars continues 'Mapping the Brussels of the Brontës'.
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An alert for today, February 14, at the Brontë Parsonage Museum
Wild Wednesday! Curious CardsFamily friendly drop-in artist-led workshop
February 14th 2018 11:00am - 04:00pm

Welcome to the first Wild Workshop of 2018! Every Wednesday in the school holidays we invite you to ‘drop in’ and create something amazing to take home with you. Today,  we’re getting into the spirit of  St Valentine’s day, (as well as the Brontës’ very romantic novels!) to make a little origami card and an envelope for that secret someone special. Or your pet dog…or whoever you like!
Free with admission to the Museum, all materials provided. 
Keighley News has further information:
A spokesman said: “We’ll get into the spirit of St Valentine’s Day, as well as the Brontës’ very romantic novels.
“You can make a little origami card and an envelope for that secret someone special. Or your pet dog... or whoever you like!”
Wild Wednesday! workshops will run every Wednesday during the school holidays in 2018 and allow children to drop in and create something amazing to take home with them.
The Easter holidays will see a Welcome Wednesday! workshop on April 4 devoted to Extraordinary Eggs, when children can use different dyes and techniques to make colourful eggs.
Marvellous Maps is the title of the workshop on April 11, also from 11am to 4pm, focusing on the Brontës’ love of creating maps. (Jim Seton)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Telegraph and Argus has a more detailed account of what the Duchess of Cornwall will be doing in Haworth on Friday:
Camilla, wife of Prince Charles, will tour the Brontë Parsonage Museum and travel by steam train on the Keighley and Worth Valley Line (KWVR).
During her mid-afternoon visit to the railway, Her Royal Highness will visit the locomotive maintenance facility in Haworth and meet a new generation of volunteers working on steam locomotive restorations. [...]
Also on Friday the Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, the place where the Brontë sisters lived and wrote famous novels like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the museum in Haworth Parsonage, as well as the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth.
During her visit, Her Royal Highness will be guided through the historic rooms of the parsonage by Principal Curator, Ann Dinsdale.
Her Royal Highness will have a close-up viewing of some of the ‘treasures’ relating to Emily Brontë in the museum library.
A spokesman said: “During 2017, over 10,000 visitors participated in Clare Twomey’s Wuthering Heights – A Manuscript project, which set out to create a new version of Emily Brontë’s long-lost manuscript by copying it out one line at a time.
“Her Royal Highness will also meet Clare Twomey before writing the last line of Wuthering Heights into the newly-created manuscript in the very house where Emily wrote the original.
“The visit will also involve a private reception where Her Royal Highness will meet museum staff and volunteers and local school children who recently took part in a creative writing competition organised by the museum.” (David Knights)
It's Valentine's Day tomorrow and the Brontës' works are among the recommendations on several sites. Travel Weekly (Australia) tells about British Airways' plans for the day, including a blunder (Jane Eyre among all those other writers!):
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, British Airways is adding a romantic touch to its inflight entertainment with the introduction of a new category – Love is in the Air.
Running until the end of February, the category plays host to a collection of films, TV shows and audio programmes, all with a romantic theme. [...]
Finally, the Valentine’s Day range is complemented by poems and excerpts from the likes of William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and David Herbert Lawrence, while actor Michael Sheen reads: A Lover’s Gift from Him to Her.
International Falls Journal recommends books for people with a ' view of love and romance a bit more blighted', such as
Don’t forget Heathcliff and Catherine in "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë for a classic messed up romance. (Diane Adams)
And bad fictional couples on The Aquinian:
Bad fictional couples. Ross and Rachel, Chuck and Blair, Danny and Sandy, Cathy and Heathcliff. Pretty much everybody can name a few they have a soft spot for but know deep down shouldn’t be together.
But why in this age of promoting healthy #relationshipgoals on Instagram we still fall for characters, both fictional and in real life, who are just straight up bad? (Angela Bosse)
La Verdad (Spain) discusses romantic novels and looks back to their origins:
En la novela decimonónica de corte romántico, y en su degeneración posterior -el género rosa-, las barreras que el amor derribaba eran las de la clase social y las de las diferencias económicas (la 'Jane Eyre' de Charlotte Brontë). (Iñaki Ezkerra) (Translation)
Signature shares '10 Quotes Illustrating the Power of the Dream Sequence', including:
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 1847
“Heaven did not seem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth; and the angels were so angry that they flung me out into the middle of the heath on the top of Wuthering Heights; where I woke sobbing for joy.” (Tom Blunt)
Roma Sette (Italy) features the work of Jean Rhys.
Il successo arrivò solo in tarda età col Grande mare dei sargassi (1966), che riprende il tema chiave dell’orfanità e dell’abbandono presente in Jane Eyre, capolavoro di Charlotte Brontë, collocandolo sullo sfondo dello schiavismo ottocentesco in Giamaica; ma non le diede soddisfazione, anzi parve esacerbare certe tensioni emotive senza farla uscire dal dorato isolamento nella campagna del Devon: una condizione conquistata con vera cocciutaggine che l’accompagnò sino al termine dei suoi giorni. (Eraldo Affinati) (Translation)
The Brontë Babe tells about her Brontë reading history.
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A double alert for today, February 13, at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
'Everyone can draw': Illustration workshop for teens
Workshop with Chris Riddell
February 13th 2018 02:30pm - 04:30pm

We’re delighted to welcome Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, to Haworth. Chris is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for The Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children, which have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His previous work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series.
Chris Riddell, an artist who has illustrated more than 150 books, believes that ‘everyone can draw’, and so here’s a perfect opportunity to learn from somebody who has mastered the craft. All you need, according to Chris, is ‘a notebook and a stub of a pencil’. So sign up and join Chris – with your notebook and pencil in hand – for a two-hour workshop devised especially for teenagers. 
An Evening with Chris Riddell
‘The Doodler’
February 13th 2018 06:30pm - 08:00pm

Join us in Haworth Old School Room to hear Chris read from his work, ask questions – such as what inspired Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright – and hear about his latest Goth Girl book, Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony. Chris will be happy to sign books and books will be available to purchase. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

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Financial Times has an article on the enduring success and inner story of Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights:
Bush was incredibly young — signed at only 16 to EMI — and looked like a ’70s magazine cover star, but she wasn’t static and silent. In “Wuthering Heights”, she wails and whoops in a high pitch, her melodies swooping and diving like a bird going in for its prey. Her song’s subject matter — Emily Brontë’s only novel — was also intellectual, and this teenager talked about it intellectually. “When I first read Wuthering Heights I thought the story was so strong,” Bush told Record Mirror in February 1978. “It was a real challenge to précis the whole mood of a book…and this young girl in an era when the female role was so inferior, coming out with this passionate, heavy stuff.”
Bush was captivated by Cathy Earnshaw, Heathcliff’s foster sister, and great lost love, whose ghost visits the story’s narrator, Mr Lockwood, in the novel’s third chapter. Bush said that her commitment to the character was helped by the fact that she was born Catherine, not Kate; her family called her Cathy when she was a child. “I found myself able to relate to her as a character,” she said. “It’s so important to put yourself in the role of the person in a song… when I sing that song, I am Cathy.” (Jude Rogers)
By the way, the use of Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights in the Irish version of Dancing with the Stars is widely discussed in the local press:
Bringing some dramatics to the dance floor, comedian Deirdre O’Kane is flipped and flung about by Vitali Kozmin for their bewitching American Smooth to Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush. “Never mind Wuthering Heights, tonight you reached new heights, my darling,” coos Benson, before dishing out 26 points. (Allison Brey in The Irish Independent)
What to read if you are single on Valentine's Day on Study Breaks:
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. (...) What follows is Stevens’ brutal reevaluation of the decisions he made and opportunities he did not take, especially his decision not to reveal his feelings to Miss Kenton. Stevens’ story leaves the reader distraught, wondering how it is a man can experience a regret so profound. Perfect for the single person who wants to wallow in their singledom, “The Remains of the Day” has it all: gorgeous writing, Brontë-esque backdrops and people missing each other like ships in the night. (Shashank Rao)
And Daily Collegian suggests readings for Valentine's Day:
Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë
Her head may say “don’t date a man with a secluded attic wife,” but Jane’s heart says otherwise in Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel of romance against society’s standards. Though there’s an age gap and scandal and ruin, Brontë’s novel proves that love can bury strife. (Gabrielle Barone)
The Pioneer (India)  describes a meeting with the writer Ruskin Bond:
By now, most of us know from Bond’s writings that he has been a great fan of Charles Dickens, especially David Copperfield with which he could identify himself easily. Here he tells us that Nicholas Nickleby was also his favourite –“full of humor,pathos and memorable scenes”. It was in the winter of 1948 -49 that Bond, still a school boy, discovered Dickens in an old cupboard in Dehradun. In this book , we come to know about Bond’s experience of reading Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and can identify with it completely.
It gripped him and he read it through a stormy night when he was a youngster.He read it again this year just to see whether it would hold him in the same way.And he discovered that it did! “Emily, the most gifted of the three Brontë sisters, in her brief tenure on this earth , had put everything into this one sizzling novel and left it behind to haunt posterity”, he writes. However, he does not give an extract from Wuthering Heights “You have to take it in one large dose, preferably late at night”. (Jaskiran Chopra)
Belper News reviews the film Phantom Thread:
Vicky Krieps is utterly beguiling as Alma exuding both naivety and spirit. Less accomplished at choosing her battles than Cyril, Alma refuses to be subjugated by Reynolds. Her belief in his hidden fragility is reminiscent of Rebecca and Jane Eyre. (Natalie Stendall)
The Sunday Times talks about the Hooked phenomenon:
Many authors turned up their noses at the idea, but for others, a captive audience of 40m is just too alluring. Hooked now has more than 10,000 stories in the catalogue. This is not Wuthering Heights; the cliffhanger nature of a text conversation that requires a tap for each exchange means horror is the most popular genre. (Danny Fortson)
The History News Network has an interesting article on which books did black people read before the civil rights revolution:
 In 1943 a study of reading habits was conducted in Beecher Terrace, a black Louisville public housing community. (...)
The investigator, Juanita Offutt, visited all 616 homes and interviewed the residents about the books they owned, read, and borrowed from the library. And when she asked about their leisure activities, the most popular answer, volunteered by nearly a third of all residents, was reading. (...)
Offutt compiled a complete inventory of all the books she found in residents’ homes, a total of roughly 1,800 volumes. Mostly they were standard romantic and detective fiction, Tarzan, westerns, children’s books, religious tomes, Sherlock Holmes, Rudyard Kipling, Louisa May Alcott, and seven copies of How to Win Friends and Influence People. But there were also some classics: The Arabian Nights, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights (four copies), Pilgrim’s Progress (four copies), James Fenimore Cooper (eight individual volumes plus his collected works), eleven volumes of Charles Dickens (including three of Oliver Twist), Lewis Carroll, Silas Marner (three copies), Madame Bovary, John Dryden’s Marriage à la Mode, The Vicar of Wakefield, Far from the Madding Crowd and The Return of the Native, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Moby Dick, Ivanhoe (three copies), Tristram Shandy, Gulliver’s Travels, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Brave New World, Das Kapital, Thus Spake Zarathustra, and twelve individual Shakespeare plays plus two volumes of his collected works. (Jonathan Rose)
La Presse (in French) reviews the performances of Hurlevents in Québec:
 Hurlevents est un texte brillant de Fanny Britt dans une mise en scène soignée de Claude Poissant et interprété par des comédiens emballants. (...)
En outre, le texte se permet de belles envolées poétiques qui tissent des liens pertinents avec les écrits de l'auteure des Hauts de Hurlevent. Après tout, même si elle était un pur produit de l'ère victorienne, Emily Brontë, telle qu'on se l'imagine, était-elle si différente de l'Émilie de la pièce de Fanny Britt ? (Mario Cloutier) (Translation)
Il Giornale (Italy) doesn't like the label 'female literature':
Questo non significa che non esista una «scrittura femminile», anzi, migliaia di scritture femminili, come è infinita la femminilità, com’è infinito quel mondo che chiamiamo sessualità, che non è una «sfera» ma costituisce il sistema nervoso della scrittura. Come diceva Scott Fitzgerald: Pollicino, Cenerentola, ossia la donna, l’uomo. Che altro? Trovatemi un solo capolavoro che non abbia al centro la bellezza di una donna, l’eroismo (o la ribalderia) di un uomo. Alcott, Austen, le Brontë, Woolf, Cather, McCarthy, McCullers, O’Connor, Yourcenar, Duras, De Beauvoir, e ancora Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil, Edith Stein, Achmatova, Cvetaeva, Szymborska, e poi Morante, Romano, via via fino a noi. Quante immense scrittrici! Ciascuna con la sua femminilità, talune più «uomini» di tanti uomini. (Luca Doninelli) (Translation)
Télam (Argentina) interviews the poet Rita González Hesaynes:
T: Finalmente, ¿qué autores y obras te han formado? ¿Con qué poéticas contemporáneas te sentís identificada? (Juan Rapacioli)
RGH: Estas preguntas siempre son las más difíciles porque dejás afuera a la mayoría. Leí y leo mucha literatura anglosajona. Le tengo mucho amor. Leyendas, textos religiosos, cosas viejas más que nada. Shelley, Kavafis, las Brontë, Whitman, ciencia ficción, cuentos de misterio e imaginación, como diría Poe. De acá, Olga Orozco, Anderson Imbert. De los vivos, sin duda Mary Oliver, Dolores Etchecopar, ese hermano cósmico que es Jotaele Andrade. Me aburren las poéticas de lo cotidiano por sí mismo, no sé si se nota. Lo meramente entretenido. Las poéticas de la distancia cool. Que las disfruten otros. A mí dame lo intenso. (Translation)
GraphoMania (Italy) mentions how Charlotte Brontë disliked Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The podcast Lay Back and Think of England interviews Rita Maria Martinez on her poetry book The Jane and Bertha in Me. Arthouse Cinema (in German) reviews Wuthering Heights 2011. Julie Sara Porter, Bookworm Reviews posts about Emily Brontë's novel. Mes échappées livresques (in French) reviews Laura El Makki's Les sœurs Brontë. Anne Brontë.org discusses Valentine's Day 1840 at the Parsonage.
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Another ongoing Jane Eyre course is taking place in Sarasota, FL:
Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy
Temple Beth Sholom
W18-12 Jane Eyre and Rebecca, A Study in Contrasts
Martha Hill
Mondays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.; Note: No Class Jan. 15

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë and Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier, were both best-sellers in their eras. Both translate well to current readers, and the juxtaposition of the two illuminates their difference as well as surprising similarities. We will read and explore the reasons for their popularity and continuing resonance with readers.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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Next Friday on Film4:
Wuthering Heights Fri 16/2 Film4 @ 01:20
A young boy is taken in by the Earnshaw family and as the years pass he develops a strange and intense relationship with his foster sister. This Andrea Arnold directed take on Emily Brontë's famous novel is unlike any you've seen before. It doesn't whitewash the darker aspects of the novel like previous adaptations did and adds its own modern touch too. An excellent watch with superb performances from Kaya Scodelario and James Howson. (Ronan O'Meara in The Digital Fix)
Andrea Arnold, a director versed in the methods of social realism, focuses on atmosphere and texture in this Emily Brontë adaptation, bringing us in close to Catherine and Heathcliff (Kaya Scodelario and James Howson) and their windswept world. Despite this proximity, we are not given much of a view of the pair’s inner lives, but the film is at least vivid and bracing. (Edward Porter in The SundayTimes)
The film can also be watched on ARD (Germany) (February 12, 02:40 AM).

The Observer interviews Ruth Wilson who remembers her TV debut as Jane Eyre:
“I was really lucky. I got the part in [the BBC’s adaptation of] Jane Eyre nine months after I left Lamda, and Jane opened a lot of doors for me. I didn’t realise how big it was going to be until halfway through filming. I had to do some press, and there were a lot of people there. ‘Oh shit,’ I thought. But I gave it everything, that job. I’d never been able to cry on set before then, and it was for that part that I trained myself to do it. I used a Sigur Rós song, one that made me feel really sad. It’s an idea I still use.” (Rachel Cooke)
National Review's The Great Books podcast has talked about Jane Eyre:
John J. Miller is joined by Lorraine Murphy [of Hillsdale College] to discuss Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.
Literary love affairs in The Enterprise-Press:
Your authors kept me up at night, eagerly anticipating each page. And in turn, you found an eternally devoted companion. One who loyally shouts your praises to the world, and who willingly attached a cord connecting her heart to your binding. Even when you occasionally proved to be as deceptive as Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester. (Andrea Fingerson)

Belfast Telegraph interviews the psychologist Aryanne Oade on the topic of bullying:
However, some fortunate people are able to make their way to Yorkshire. “If they’re coming from far away, we’d generally work together over two days,” she says. “They stay in Haworth, a beautiful village nearby, where the Brontë sisters lived. I combine business psychology and acting. My associates are all professional actors. We recreate the most difficult situations my clients have encountered, in the safety of the coaching room, at my property. This allows them to learn how to handle even the very worst cases of bullying.” (Joy Orpen)
The Tribune (India) analyses the work of the photographer Gauri Gill:
The works are the artist’s attempt to bring to the fore their everyday struggle, their resilience and their indomitable spirit, which is most vocal in these mute images. Despite the odds against which the community tries to rise, the photographs find protagonists often going about life in a joyous, even happy-go-lucky manner. As British novelist Charlotte Brontë wrote in the magnificent Jane Eyre: “And it is you, spirit — with will and energy, and virtue and purity — that I want, not alone with your brittle frame.” Walking out of Gauri’s exhibition, one cannot help but wonder as to what were the subjects behind those masks actually thinking? Their simple frames, crowned by these masks give away nothing... (Monica Arora)
Diario Sur (Spain) imagines literature and art... without romance:
En la novela decimonónica de corte romántico, y en su degeneración posterior -el género rosa-, las barreras que el amor derribaba eran las de la clase social y las de las diferencias económicas (la 'Jane Eyre' de Charlotte Brontë). (Iñaki Ezquerra) (Translation)
El Diario Montañés (Spain) interviews the writer Gustavo Martín Garzo:
-¿De qué trata su novela [La Ofrenda]? (Lola Gallardo)
-Es una novela realista, una historia que se sitúa en los años setenta en San Sebastián. La protagonista vive un amor perturbador con el que quiere terminar y lee un anuncio en el periódico en el que una anciana busca a una enfermera que le atienda. Se lía la manta a la cabeza y se va a Madagascar. Allí se encuentra un caserón típico de las novelas góticas tipo Jane Eyre o Rebeca. Es una mansión que esconde un secreto y poco a poco lo va desvelando. (Translation)
El País (Uruguay) interviews the theatre director, Margarita Musto:
Las lecturas de la infancia amueblaron su imaginación. Cierra los ojos y recuerda las aventuras de Tom Sawyer o de Huckleberry Finn, sus viajes por el mítico Missi-ssippi. Unos años después sería Cumbres borrascosas, de Emily Brontë. (Renzo Rossello) (Translation)
B.A. Wilson Writes, Wyzwanie Zwane Życiem (in Polish) and The Surreal Notes post about Wuthering Heights.