Friday, November 27, 2015

'I defy anybody to read the death-bed scenes of Emily and Anne with a dry eye'

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Claire Harman's biography of Charlotte Brontë is one of the 'best biographies of 2015' according to The Independent.
Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë was a landmark in modern biography, drawing on letters, interviews and gossip to create a vivid portrait of the author which attracted much controversy when it was published in 1857. Among its fiercest critics was Charlotte's father Patrick, who objected most vociferously.
Claire Harman brings a fresh eye to many of the same papers studied by Gaskell to compile her Charlotte Brontë: A Life (Viking, £25). The Gothic atmosphere and heartbreaking details remain, but Harman achieves a great feat by making the story seem new again. She is particularly good on Charlotte's unrequited love for Monsieur Héger (an area much censored by Gaskell), and I defy anybody to read the death-bed scenes of Emily and Anne with a dry eye. (Marcus Field)
The Guardian features the library of Pierre Bergé, collector and former partner of Yves Saint Laurent.
In addition, la Bibliothèque de Pierre Bergé boasts super-rare early copies of classics by Cervantes, Joyce, Bronte, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and more. They were acquired by Bergé himself and “his agents”, to a strict formula that only books by authors he admired were admitted. (Stephen Smith)
The library is going under the hammer in Paris on December 11, though we have been unable to find what the Brontë-related item(s) actually is/are.

La jornada (Mexico) discusses manuscripts and brings up the recently-discovered Brontë papers inside a book that once belonged to Maria Brontë.
Suelen encontrarse de repente manuscritos extraviados: reaparecen como los indicios reveladores de un crimen en las novelas de misterio. Es el caso de dos inéditos de Charlotte Brontë, encontrados hace apenas unas semanas; vienen a agregarse a la obra de quien escribió la muy famosa Jane Eyre, la hermana de Emily y Anne Brontë, también poetas y escritoras (sobre todo Emily, autora de la extraordinaria Cumbres borrascosas que para Georges Bataille simbolizaba La literatura y el mal, título de unos de sus textos más importantes). (Margo Glantz) (Translation)
The Telegraph discusses religion and how it should be taught in schools.
The very fact of treating religion as an academic subject, no more or less sacred than English Literature, encouraged scepticism. The Old Testament was just another text to be analysed and considered within its historical context – no more likely to contain any definitive truth than, say, Wuthering Heights. (Jemima Lewis)
Keighley News shows some of the entries of a local photography competition. One of the pictures shows the area around the Brontë Bridge in autumn. Patheos' Eidos features the song Brave Enough for Love from Jane Eyre the Musical.
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Tomorrow, November 28, will bt the last chance to visit the exhibition Reflections on the life of Elizabeth Gaskell in Knutsford, Cheshire:
Reflections on the life of Elizabeth Gaskell
Knutsford Heritage Centre, 90A King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6ED
October 6 - November 28

Exhibition by The Gaskell Society marking 150 years since the death of Elizabeth Gaskell, Knutsford’s famous 19th century writer (1810 – 1865).
Entry to the exhibitions is free of charge, but donations for the upkeep and development of the Heritage Centre are welcome.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Keighley News reminds locals that they are invited to the re-enactment of Charlotte Brontë's wedding on December 11.
Haworth residents are being invited to join Charlotte Brontë for her marriage to Arthur Bell Nicholls.
They are being asked to line Church Street when the famous daughter of the village clergyman, the Rev Patrick Brontë, ties the knot next month.
The BBC has issued the invitation to all local people as part of a recreation of the wedding from the mid-1800s. [...]
BBC Bristol are re-enacting the ceremony as part of a TV series due to be shown in 2016 to mark the 200th anniversary of Charlotte’s birth.
Living Like A Brontë will also be part of a year-long BBC season focusing on classic literature in a bid to get more people in the UK reading.
The filming is being carried out with support from staff at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.
Museum spokesman said Rebecca Yorke said: “Haworth and the Parsonage are great locations for film and TV and with Charlotte’s bicentenary year just around the corner, we are receiving even more media enquiries than usual.
“We are very excited to be working with BBC Bristol on their documentary Living Like A Brontë and are looking forward to welcoming them to the parsonage next month.
“The BBC would like residents of Haworth and the surrounding area to line Church Street and celebrate as Charlotte leaves the church on her wedding day.”
Filming will take place outside the museum on December 11 and anyone interested should contact in order to receive further information.
Living Like a Brontë will be screened next spring as two 60-minute episodes. [...]
A BBC spokesman said: “With help from a range of experts, each presenter will explore one of the Brontës in detail.
“By re-living the sisters’ daily routines, visiting the key places in their world and immersing themselves in their letters and diaries, and through the sisters’ interactions with each other, they’ll discover what it was that served as their sources of inspiration.” (David Knights)
Natasha Tripney from The Stage continues recommending Sally Cookson's Jane Eyre:
Sally Cookson’s inventive, joyous take on Jane Eyre was, for me, one of the high points of the year: genuinely magical theatremaking.
The Blackpool Gazette reviews a stage production of Beauty and the Beast in Lancaster:
Add a dash of Jane Eyre, maybe even a suggestion of Cinderella, and you have this beguiling take on the traditional French fairy tale.
Young Lancaster-based writer Eddie Robson is not the first to notice Ms Brontë owes more than a little to Madame de Beaumont’s story, and with just a little Christmas seasoning turns it all into entrancing entertainment. (David Upton)
Ely Standard reviews Marina and the Diamonds’ opening show of UK Neon Nature tour in which
Boosted by a show-stopping sparkling blue ensemble with matching headdress, ‘Im A Ruin’ sees her glide across the stage a la ‘Wuthering Heights’ while ‘Everybody Dies’ puts Marina in Lana Del Rey mode. (Ben Jolley)
Entretanto magazine (Spain) has an article on Paris and mentions briefly the time Jean Rhys spent there.
Jean Rhys vagaba por París y en “Ancho mar de los Sargazos” nos contó quien era la mujer metida en el desván por su marido en “Jane Eyre”, por qué esa mujer que representaba la vibración y la sensualidad del Caribe acabó loca a causa de la frialdad de su marido. (Antonio Costa) (Translation)
The Aquarian Weekly recommends the film House of Long Shadows:
a tongue-in-cheek chiller from 1983 in which a cocky bestselling author (Desi Arnaz Jr.) bets his publisher that he can write a novel worthy of Wuthering Heights acclaim while staying overnight in a spooky old house. (Bryan Reesman)
A novel worthy of Wuthering Heights acclaim actually means unsuccessful with reviewers.

A columnist from Network Norwich thinks that,
People who have become Christians are people who've found out that what at first seemed like an ersatz replacement to the real truth is, in fact, the real Truth with a capital "T". They are in some way analogous to people who've discovered The Beatles and Bob Dylan after ditching manufactured pop; or who've discovered Charlotte Brontë and Fyodor Dostoyevsky after ditching Mills & Boon (James Knight)
Today is festive late night opening at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Museum and shop open until 8pm
November 26th 2015 10:00am - 08:00pm
Our museum shop is bursting with gifts for literature lovers everywhere!  Join us for a glass of sherry, a spot of Christmas shopping and the chance to explore the museum after hours.
The Brontë family quilt, rarely displayed, will be on view and the Parsonage will be dressed for Christmas. Come along and treat yourself!
Usual admission charges apply for the museum. Entry to the shop is free.
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The Brontës is a relatively recent new Brazilian provider of contents which consciously uses the name of the sisters:
Elas rejeitavam a palavra “não”. Eram criativas, audaciosas e desafiaram a ordem social vigente para conseguir transformar suas ideias em um legado. Escritoras, construíram personagens feministas antes da palavra feminismo chegar ao dicionário e histórias de amor tortuosas como a da sua melhor amiga.

As irmãs Charlotte, Emily e Anne Brontë foram as mulheres da Geração Y em plena Era Vitoriana. Por isso se tornaram a nossa inspiração. Compartilhamos com as Brontës os ideais de independência e liberdade combinadas a sensibilidade.

Queremos entregar um conteúdo capaz de dialogar com as Janes, as Catherines e as Helens. Usaremos este espaço para debater cultura, carreira, relacionamentos e todas as questões que rondam a sua mente – elas são nossas questões também. We’re the brontes – be our guest and welcome!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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The Telegraph and Argus takes a walk around the village of Great Ouseburn specifically looking for connections to Anne and Branwell Brontë.
The Brontë Trail is one of a series of ‘Ure Walks Through Time’, neatly presented in a number of leaflets available at the Tourist Information Point.
We set off on a fine morning, to the village of Great Ouseburn, a settlement village mentioned in the Domesday Book.
The walk begins at St Mary’s Church, where, in the churchyard, a railed obelisk brings the first link to the Brontës, being erected in memory of Dr John Crosby, a good friend of Branwell Brontë.
Dr Crosby was physician to the Robinson family, of nearby Thorp Green Hall where, between 1840 and 1845, Anne worked as governess to the Robinson children. In 1843 she obtained a post for Branwell to tutor the young Edmund Robinson, who had outgrown Anne’s care.
From the church we followed a stretch of road, passing a field of Belted Galloway cows with their woolly heads and distinctive white bands, before turning across a meadow to Mill Lane.
This rural track leads to Long Plantation, where, in 1846, Anne Brontë wrote her three-verse poem ‘Lines Composed in a Wood on a Windy Day’, which was published in 1846 under her pen-name of Acton Bell.
In the distance buildings that once belonged to Kirby Hall can be seen. Demolished in the 1920s, the hall was a Palladian-style mansion which Anne referenced for Ashby Hall in her 1847 novel Agnes Grey. (Helen Mead) (Read more)
Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden) has a short piece on the original take on Wuthering Heights currently on stage in Sockholm.
En skrubb med snett tak under en trappa kan också fungera som teater: med knapp plats för två som spelar och för fyra som tittar på. Plus ett myller av viktoriansk rekvisita: av bahytter, ljuva korkskruvslockar och Heathcliffs skägg.
Scenen Moment: pyttelilla är invigd. Den är egentligen ett minimalt förråd men nu omskapad till intim konfrontationsyta. Idén kom från scenografen Åsa Berglund Cowburn som först såg det som att absurt skämt att gestalta Emily Brontës ”Svindlande höjder” från 1847 på en två kvadratmeter stor yta, med begränsad takhöjd.
Det blev premiär trots allt. Avståndet mellan scen och salong är utraderat. Skådespelarna talar med oss via våra förnamn. Här brottas Catherine Earnshaw med Catherine Earnshaw. Alltså huvudrollen, hon som älskar Heathcliff, men gifter sig med Edgar. Här tampas över- och underjag. Drift mot dekorum.
Allt inramas av Kate Bush-låten ”Wuthering heights” medan Sofia Rönnegård och Lotta Östlin Stenshäll förevisar passioner och instängda kvinnorum. När vi efter 13 minuter kommer ut ur garderoben är vi fyllda av närkontakt. Det hela är inget för klaustrofobiker, men en energikick för alla andra. (Lars Ring) (Translation)
According to Radio Times, Jane Eyre is one of '7 Christmas gifts every bookworm will love' (and are all Folio Society publications, we should add).
One of the Gothic novels that will never be forgotten, Brontë's bold story of an orphan who overcomes a harsh life has led her to be considered one of the feminist icons of 19th-century literature. For anyone serious about reading, this simply must be amongst their collection...
Dublin Inquirer mentions several novels based on classics in an article about Jonathan Franzen's novel Purity.
Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea gives voice to the Victorian figure of the madwoman in the attic, telling the story of Mr Rochester’s first wife, a white Creole heiress called Antoinette Cosway, the unspoken other half of Jane Eyre. (Elske Rahill)
Actualidad Literatura (Spain) picks Cathy and Heathcliff as one of literature's greatest loves. Too bad the Spanish title of the novel is spelt as 'Cumbres borroscosas' (it's 'borrascosas', actually).
Los hermanastros Catherine y Heathcliff en “Cumbres borroscosas”
Catherine, una mujer inestable y llena de complejos, a pesar de estar enamoradísima de Heathcliff, un hombre tosco y con ganas de venganza, se casa con Edgar, bien por despecho, bien por soledad, o por conveniencia. Es uno de los libros que mejor relatan la concidión violenta de las pasiones humanas, tan viscerales, tan dañinas en ocasiones cuando hay amor de por medio.
Cumbres borroscosas” fue la única novela de la escritora Emily Brontë, la cuál murió a la edad de 30 años por tuberculosis. Esta novela fue llevada también a la gran pantalla. (Carmen Guillén) (Translation)
Soundcheck comments briefly on Public Memory's new album:
The album is called Wuthering Drum, a title you would not normally expect to find outside the land of Emily Bronte. (John Schaefer)
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A new Wuthering Heights student production opens tomorrow, November 26, in Uppingham, UK:
Uppingham Theatre
Thurs 26th to Sat 28th November 2015, 7.30pm
Wuthering Heights
is a passionate and spellbinding tale of forbidden love and revenge.
Set on the wild, windswept Yorkshire moors, Wuthering Heights is the tempestuous story of free-spirited Catherine and dark, brooding Heathcliff. As children running wild and free on the moors, Cathy and Heathcliff are inseparable, but as they grow up, Cathy lets her head rule her heart as she chooses to marry wealthy Edgar Linton. Heathcliff flees, only to return seeking terrible vengeance on those he holds responsible, with epic and tragic results!

Performed by pupils from Uppingham School.

Directed by Clare Rayner, Director of Drama.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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The Stage reports that,
Leading playwrights including Timberlake Wertenbaker and Jessica Swale have criticised the under-representation of women writers in set texts planned for GSCE and A-level drama. [...]
Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good, Churchill's Cloud 9 and Polly Teale's Brontë are the only female-written plays on a list of 13 texts chosen by AQA for its A-level specification. (Georgia Snow)
Pakistan Observer features a recent Islamabad literary event in in which
The local literati including Ghazanfar Mehdi, Sarfaraz Shahid, Manzar Naqvi, Anjum Khaleeq, Nayyer Sarhadi, Jamil Asghar Bhatti, Sibtain Raza Lodhi and others spoke about the content and style of the prose written in the book “Jane Eyre aur mein” and the collection of poetic verses “Andaaz-e-Biyaan Aur”.
Ghazanfar Mehdi said Shahnaz Bano ‘s journey to discover her inner woman is very intensive, there may some structural issues to construct the traditional Urdu rhymes but we cannot over look the purity of feelings. They might be repeated ones; nevertheless, they have their own taste and flavour of expression. “We need to promote every voice of Urdu literature without classification of calibre and maturity. One day ever voice will be strong enough to recognise it identity”, Said Dr Mehdi.
Manzar Naqvi pointed out some structural issues with the construction of poetry. He said, some poetry falls in the category of black-verse but poetess has presented them as ghazals while most of the ghazals have remarkable phrases, she only needs to rearrange them to make some wonderful couplets. Speaking about the prose, Naqvi said, “Jane Eyre aur mein” is a continuous writing. It would have better impact if divided into different small chapters.
Anjum Khaleeq said women writers and poetesses bring their own world to the forefront and help the society to understand what their reflection about the society is. What they want the world to be like of, and what shall be the social face of life around. “We see same feminine approach in Shahnaz’s poetry and prose. Though, we think the western women are more liberal in their ideas of life and practices, but Jane and Shahnaz look like of the same womanhood. (Munir Ahmed)
In Australia Mercury announces that,
Hobart's historic Theatre Royal hopes to hit new heights with its 2016 season.
The theatre’s 180th season will feature a total of 33 shows, ranging from much-loved classics to exciting brand new works from Australia’s finest theatre, opera, dance and circus companies — including Queensland’s shake & stir theatre, who will mount an ambitious production of Emily Brontë’s classic Wuthering Heights in May. (Kane Young)
Bustle has selected the '11 funniest science fiction books', one of which is
4. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Thursday Next is a literary detective with a pet dodo and a time-traveling father, and it's up to her to find the kidnapper who's snatched Jane Eyre right out of Jane Eyre. Of course, she'll have to jump into the book and crack this case from the inside. The Eyre Affair is the first in a brilliant series that straddles the line between sci-fi, fantasy, and classical literature; it's a book for people who love books. And no one does cross-genre absurdist adventure comedy better than Jasper Fforde. (Charlotte Ahlin)
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Via Onirik he have discovered this new tea mixing inspired by Jane Eyre:
Pour cette édition exceptionnelle, La Thé Box s’associe à Farrow & Ball et célèbre le Bristish Tea Time. Thés aux saveurs légèrement corsées et florales, une échappée volée aux tourbillons des jours.
Jane Eyre
La Thé Box

Le cœur libre et léger, découvrez Jane Eyre, une création de Tamia & Julia imaginée autour d’une héroïne de la littérature anglaise romantique et déterminée. Un mélange floral aux saveurs champêtres, en hommage à Charlotte Brontë et aux heures douces à flâner dans la campagne anglaise… Nostalgie des jeunes filles en fleurs.
Le thé Jane Eyre a été imaginé comme une douce éclosion de saveurs évoquant la jeunesse. Mélange léger et vaporeux de thé blanc et de thé vert Sencha de Chine, la mandarine se mêle au magnolia.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Younger Theatre reviews DramaSoc's take on Wuthering Heights.
Of course, the book has a way of capturing this rich, shifting atmosphere, but does Gough’s adaptation? Yes! And this production executes her re-juggling of the events in the book very nicely, and evokes the book’s atmosphere in a new way through the fast scene transitions. Lighting and music all play a large part in doing this, and keep things running smoothly throughout. There are times, however, when I felt that music and sound could be used further to enhance the atmosphere and mood of each scene and transition – the first time music is used is when Cathy and Heathcliff run out onto the moors together, and it marks a very poignant moment within the play. If music were used to effect throughout, including in scene transitions, then the atmosphere would have been much stronger. Having said that, Hughes’s decision to bullet-point certain moments with music does work effectively, and creates emotional peaks and troughs throughout to further enhance those of the characters.
Speaking of which, characterisation here is pretty strong. Cooke and Telfer portray their roles very well, tapping into nuances of age and experience as the play moves forward. It’s all about detail when it comes to crafting well-rounded characters, and it’s very clear that this has been a crucial part this production’s creation. From the change in accents to the shift in physicality, Cooke and Telfer – and indeed most of the cast – do an excellent job of breathing life into the characters of Brontë’s classic novel.
A simplistic set also enables us to focus on the characters and their emotions, which underpin the entirety of the action within the play. Empty frames and rustic wooden furniture bind us into Heathcliff’s cyclical struggle, and the never-ending cycle of love that continues to haunt the family for generations. These characters have survived well into the present day and Hughes emphasises this fact perfectly.
This is a brilliant, well-considered and enjoyable production of Wuthering Heights. Driven by imagination, emotion and desire, it’s well worth a watch. (Adam Bruce)
As reported by The Week, Wuthering Heights is actually one of writer Kevin Barry's 6 favourite books.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (Dover, $4.50). I was home sick from school, aged 10, and this was lying around the house. I remember being lifted from my skin by it. I was taken from an Irish suburb in the early 1980s and set down on a wind-blasted, 19th-century Yorkshire moor, and into the maelstrom of one of literature's great doomed romances. It taught me that a book could truly be a vehicle.
And Daily Telegraph (Australia) uses the novel to date a library (although truth be told the library is 'only' 70 years old).
Mosman Library has such a long and proud history that Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights was once the most borrowed and popular book. (Kate Crawford)
Times Leader has some 'Gift ideas for the women in your life' such as
A real page turner
For the woman who has everything, put a new book on her shelf. Books appreciated by women include everything from inspirational offerings such as Liz Curtis Higgs’ “The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh,” to cookbooks like Ree Drummond’s “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier,” to historical books such as Eric Metaxas’ “Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness,” Don’t forget to think outside the box and consider classic titles such as Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” or D.J. Lawrence’s “Sons and Lovers.” (Geri Gibbons)
While The Debrief recommends '5 Autobiographies To Ask For At Christmas That Are Actually Good'. Strangely, Claire Harman's Biography of Charlotte Brontë is among them and obviously not an AUTObiography.
3. Charlotte Brontë: A Life - Claire Harman (Penguin Viking)
This formal, traditional biography looks like the sort of thing you might get out of the library when you’ve got to write an essay but reads like the sort of thing only your wackiest friend might make up. Brontë really had quite the life, from her grim boarding school (the inspiration for Jane Eyre’s totally traumatising Lowood), to trying opium (via over the counter laudanum) to fuel her writing fantasies and falling in love married men. Then there’s the iconic feminist writer bit too, which is particularly fascinating when she’s basically writing Byronic fan fic with her sisters and calling it Scribblemania.  (Alexandra Heminsley)
The Brontë death jewellery is discussed on AnneBrontë.org. About Me! reviews the Northern Ballet's performances of Wuthering Heights.The Most Romantic Heroes posts about Heathcliff. Alban and Lyme reviews the National Theatre's performances of Jane Eyre.
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 A new Italian translation of Shirley has just been published:
ShirleyCharlotte Brontë
Translator: Fedora Dei
Collana: Le strade, 272
Fazi Editore,  19-11-2015
ISBN: 9788876257957

Yorkshire, inizio Ottocento. Shirley, giovane donna ricca e caparbia, si trasferisce nel villaggio in cui ha ereditato un vasto terreno, una casa e la comproprietà di una fabbrica. Presto fa amicizia con Caroline, orfana e nullatenente, praticamente il suo opposto. Caroline è innamorata di Robert Moore, imprenditore sommerso dai debiti, spietato con i dipendenti e determinato a ristabilire l’onore e la ricchezza della sua famiglia, minati da anni di cattiva gestione. Pur invaghito a sua volta della dolce Caroline, Robert è conscio di non poterla prendere in moglie: la ragazza è povera, e lui non può permettersi di sposarsi solo per amore. Così, mentre da una parte Caroline cerca di reprimere i suoi sentimenti per Robert – convinta che non sarà mai ricambiata –, dall’altra Shirley e il suo terreno allettano tutti gli scapoli della zona. Ma l’ereditiera prova attrazione per un insospettabile…
Shirley si inserisce nel grande filone del romanzo sociale inglese di inizio Ottocento: i suoi personaggi vivono gli avvenimenti storici dell’epoca – le guerre napoleoniche e le lotte luddiste –, facendo i conti con le contraddizioni del progresso industriale e offrendo spunti di riflessione sul lavoro, sul matrimonio e sulla condizione della donna.
Dopo la riproposta di Villette, continuiamo la pubblicazione dell’opera di Charlotte Brontë con Shirley, capolavoro meno noto. Secondo romanzo dell’autrice dopo Jane Eyre, questo libro ha decretato il definitivo passaggio di Shirley da nome maschile a nome tipicamente femminile.
Il Post reviews the present edition.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

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Nouse reviews the University of York's performances of  Lucy Gough's Wuthering Heights:
So something has to give when you compress a long, nuanced novel into a stage play, and unfortunately, Gough’s adaptation didn’t just condense but mercilessly stabbed, hacked and butchered Brontë’s novel. Particularly in the first half, scenes were disjointed with sporadic explosions of melodrama, which was not at all aided by the strained non-naturalistic tableau sequences that further disrupted the play’s already non-existent progression. The structural disorderliness did nothing to provide the sense of character development so critical to the story.
That said, despite the difficulty such a compressed play poses, there managed to be exceptional performances by some of the cast members.  (...)
At times, some scenes were so overly dramatic that they felt like caricatures of Brontë’s: it isn’t a good sign when the audience laughs when there is supposed to be great tension. (...)
Taking on Wuthering Heights is a highly ambitious endeavour worth commending on the Herculean (and maybe, with Gough’s adaptation, Sisyphean) effort alone, but perhaps more should be done to subsidise the script’s weaknesses and limitations. Either way, the play promises to be thought-provoking and is worth watching. (Deborah Lam)
The Telegraph & Argus reports the display of the Brontës' quilt at the Parsonage and other things going on at the Museum:
In addition, visitors who come between now and December 6 are in for a special treat as the hand-sewn patchwork quilt worked on by the Brontë sisters will be on display for the first time since the 1980s.
The quilt measures 187cm by 214cm and consists of silks, taffetas, velvets and cotton which may have been taken from old Brontë dresses. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see it.
Christmas is fast approaching and our museum shop is bursting with gifts for literature lovers everywhere.
On Thursday, November 26 the shop will be open until 8pm. The rooms of the parsonage will be decorated for Christmas and we encourage visitors to explore the museum and then join us for a glass of sherry and a spot of festive shopping.
Entry to the shop is free, but usual admission prices apply to the museum.
On Saturday December 5 we are holding a Christmas craft workshop for all the family. Come and join artist Rachel Lee and make a tree decoration from recycled fabric, blankets or maybe an old jumper!
The workshop will run between 11am and 4pm and is free with entrance to the museum.
Finally some exciting news. Haworth and the Parsonage are great locations for film and TV and with Charlotte’s bicentenary year just around the corner, we are receiving even more media enquiries than usual.
We are very excited to be working with BBC Bristol on their documentary Living Like A Brontë and are looking forward to welcoming them to the Parsonage next month.
The one-hour programme will be presented by Martha Kearney, Lucy Mangan and Helen Oyeyemi and will air on BBC2 in the spring.
Filming will culminate with a re-enactment of Charlotte’s marriage to Arthur Bell Nicholls and everyone is invited.
The BBC would like residents of Haworth and the surrounding area to line Church Street and celebrate as Charlotte leaves the church on her wedding day.
We think this will be a lovely way in which to end the year and hope that you would like to join us.
Filming will take place outside the museum on Friday, December 11 and anyone interested should contact in order to receive further information as details become available.
The Sunday Times analyses Emily Brontë's poem Long Neglect Has Worn Away:

This is an account of neglect with a sting in the tail: that the elegant hand  that made the image promised to be ever true, yet has obviously failed to be  so. We might wonder whether it is a painting or a person that is being  talked about, because a smile might fade just as easily on a real face. In  the second verse are we being asked to imagine how beautiful the picture  once was, or to consider how the (...)

We wonder whose house was visited by the actress Zoe Rainey as she is interviewed in the Belfast Telegraph:
"I do have an appreciation of feminism, I went to Brontë sisters' home in Sheffield and it was incredible to see where they wrote back then. And I saw where Beatrix Potter lived, she was the first to come up with merchandising. To think she and the Brontës were able to do all that in the man's world they inhabited then is wonderful."
Why Sheffield?

The Guardian explores the 'rise of present tense' in modern fiction and quotes Hilary Mantel saying:
“In fact, it’s nothing new to anybody. There are bits of Jane Eyre and Villette that jump into the present tense, where the focus is rapidly narrowed – there’s a tracking shot. We use the language of the cinema to describe it, but the technique predates cinema. Charlotte Brontë’s technique puts the reader and the writer in the same space, as well as in the same moment; you cannot separate them.” (Richard Lea)
The Sacramento Bee lists some of most expected 2016 novels, among them:
In “Jane Steele,” Edgar Award nominee Lyndsay Faye takes readers on a grimly seductive odyssey in the shadows of Charles Dickens and Charlotte Brontë (Putnam, $27, 432 pages; March 22). Jane conceals her murderous past and true identity to move into Highgate House, which she stands to inherit. There, she survives the intrigue to find the love she’s been seeking – but it comes at a dear price. (Allen Pierleoni)
The Daily Mail asks Gaby Roslin for her favourite(s):
The first classic I ever read was Wuthering Heights. My mother handed it to me and I absolutely dissolved into it. 
The Wanderer describes a wedding in a library (with Jane Eyre readings and all);  Les Soeurs Brontë posts an interesting 'update' on the Richmond portrait of Charlotte Brontë adding some of the details probably softened by the artist.
Several newspapers publish the sad news of the death of the actor Keith Michell (1916-2015). Australian by birth, he was mainly known for his portrayals of  King Henry VIII in several films and series.
Keith Michell, the actor famous for his many performances as King Henry VIII, has died at the age of 88.
The Australian-born star became a household name in Britain in 1970 due to his acclaimed performance as the Tudor king in the BBC series The Six Wives Of Henry VIII.
The six-part drama, which co-starred Annette Crosbie as Catherine of Aragon and Dorothy Tutin as Anne Boleyn, devoted an episode to each of the King’s marriages.
The series was a ratings smash and Michell won both Bafta and Emmy awards for his performance.
In 1972 the father-of-two played the king again in a big-screen spin off called Henry VIII And His Six Wives.
He was also occasional illustrator and even singer.

And, of course, he was also Heathcliff in the 1962 adaptation of Wuthering Heights penned by Nigel Kneale.

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(Via Les Soeurs Brontë)

Some months ago we already presented the French documentary Finding Gondal, written and directed by Morgan Rauscent. The film is now touring the festival circuit, but a DVD release is expected for Autumn 2016.
Finding Gondal
52 min Documentary Film, HD, 2015
Written and Directed by Morgan Rauscent
Glass Town Films

Bernie Collins ... Voice Over
Clara Kundin ... Additional voice and poems reading

Sally Shuttleworth, Professor of English Literature  St Anne's College, University of Oxford.
Author of Charlotte Brontë and Victorian Psychology  (Cambridge University Press, 1996)
Sophie GIlmartin, Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature Royal Holloway, University of London
Josephine McDonagh, Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature, King's College London
Shahidha Bari, Lecturer in Romanticism Queen Mary, University of London
Diane Purkiss, Professor of English Literature Keble College, University of Oxford
Author (with C. Larrington) of Magical Tales: Myth, Legend and Enchantment in Children's Books(Bodleian Library, 2013)

Ben GM ... Cinematographer
Alexandre Benéte ... Original Score
Conie-Co (Coralie Nagel) ... Original Artwork (like the one on the left. More Brontë-related artwork by the artist, included and not included in the film, can be seen on her blog.
The film has been presented in several festivals where has been awarded:
Ciné O'Clock 2015, Lyon, FRANCE (Official Sélection)
Grace Film Festival 2015, San Fransico, USA (Official Selection)
Middle Coast Film Festival 2015, USA (Official Selection)
Muestra Internacional de Cine con Perspectiva de Género (MICGénero) 2015, México
6 Awards at the International Independent Film Awards 2015, Los Angeles, USA
Best Directing (Platinium Award)
Best Documentary Feature (Platinium Award)
Best Voice-Over (Platinium Award)
Best Animated Visuals (Gold Award)
Best Cinematography (Gold Award)
Best Original Score (Gold Award)
L'Envolée Culturelle talks about the Lyon screening of the film:
Le petit plus du film ? La lecture de quelques poèmes par une actrice à la voix particulièrement forte et émouvante. Ces lectures imposent certes une pause dans le récit, mais ont aussi une autre fonction : celle de donner d’avantage encore envie de lire les poèmes des sœurs, moins connus que leurs romans. Et, visiblement à tort. Les extraits choisis, murmurés sur la toile de fond de landes anglaises pluvieuses, nous emportent immédiatement. (Marie-Lou Monnot) (Translation)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

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Marie Claire has selected '8 Of The Best Couples In Literature' and two of them were created by the Brontë sisters:
Cathy and Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights
A dark and secluded spot on the Yorkshire moors is the setting for this tumultuous love story where the hot-headed Cathy and vindictive Heathcliff wreak havoc amongst their families as they indulge in a relationship of dark, twisted passion that eventually ends in tragedy. There’s also some casual racism, supernatural elements and a touch of grave-hopping which all makes for a gripping love story that broke boundaries in Brontë’s time in more ways than one.
Best lines: ‘Nelly I am Heathcliff…He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.’ [...]
Jane and Mr. Rochester - Jane Eyre
In Charlotte  Brontë’s novel, Jane Eyre is the possibly-telepathic orphan who has a tough time at boarding school before becoming a governess herself. Looking after the ward of the formidable Mr. Rochester, the two become close and he proposes to Jane.  However after a dream she flees when she discovers he’s already married (although his wife is insane) and Jane refuses to be the mistress. After sleeping rough and finding some long-lost family and fortune, Jane returns to Rochester after another vision and discovers a fire has killed Rochester’s mad ex-wife and left him blind. The ending picks up a bit thought: Jane has a son, they adopt the girl Jane looked after and Rochester regains sight in one eye. Hurrah.
Best line: The happy ending could melt any heart ’To be together is for us to be at once as free as in solitude, as gay as in company. We talk, I believe, all day long: to talk to each other is but a more animated and an audible thinking. All my confidence is bestowed on him, all his confidence is devoted to me; we are precisely suited in character—perfect concord is the result.’ (Georgina Lawton)
The New Statesman lists the books of the year so far:
Jonathan Bate’s Ted Hughes (William Collins) elegantly retells the myth and, occasionally, violence of the “Ted and Sylvia” story and gives it new flesh – not least in its evocative portrait of Hughes as part Heathcliff, part Teddy boy. Bate’s book, along with Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks (Hamish Hamilton), made it a tough call for this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize judges. (Philip Hoare)
While The New Yorker opts for a more original selection and picks 'the ten best weather events in fiction'.
7. The storm in Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights.
About midnight, while we still sat up, the storm came rattling over the Heights in full fury. There was a violent wind, as well as thunder, and either one or the other split a tree off at the corner of the building: a huge bough fell across the roof, and knocked down a portion of the east chimney-stack, sending a clatter of stones and soot into the kitchen-fire.
Which storm in “Wuthering Heights,” you might reasonably ask? The novel is full of wild weather; the word “wuthering” itself is, Brontë tells us, “descriptive of the atmospheric tumult” on the Yorkshire moors. In the above passage, a particularly frightful storm strikes on the night that the young Heathcliff runs away from the home he shares with Catherine Earnshaw—a severing so drastic that it breaks the very building. But, of course, nothing ever truly severs their relationship, which is the “atmospheric tumult” in Yorkshire: part romance, part ghost story, entirely elemental, and, after Lear on the heath, the single greatest instance of psycho-meteorology in Western literature. (Kathryn Schulz)
We would add the storm after the first proposal in Jane Eyre which ends up severing the chestnut tree.

The Times Education Supplement's Glitter and Progress mentions an original way of teaching Jane Eyre:
 One of my lasting memories of teaching English in my homeland was a lesson where the students made paper glasses with red lenses to support our learning of the red room from Jane Eyre.  When I moved to England and started teaching English, a teaching moment like that was few and far between.  Maybe it was me?  Maybe it was the curriculum?  Gradually, I found my creative feet again and was able to establish myself as someone who was creative and carried the label of being creative. (Maureen McDevitt)
The Guardian also mentions Jane Eyre in a terrible story about sexual harassment.
My 13-year-old daughter and I went to see Jane Eyre at the National Theatre on the South Bank, a few weeks ago. It was a clear night and we walked across the bridge to catch the tube, talking about the play as we went. Jane Eyre’s strong sense of justice comes across early in this exciting production, along with her independent will and ability to make clear choices in a world where women were expected to behave in particular, passive, conformist ways. [...]
In the end, then, I look to one of my own heroines, Jane Eyre, who probably had it about right in her response to Mr Rochester when he tries to tame and control her, and mould her into what he thinks he wants her to be.
“I am no bird and no net ensnares me,” she says. “I am a free human being with an independent will.” (Liz Goodman)
The Times's Historic Houses talks about the rectory houses, including the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth
Also in The Guardian an article of the art of the British Empire:
It is a respectable but still surprisingly thin body of work: the odd truth is that the empire is notable in its absence from British poems, plays or novels of the colonial period. There is The Tempest; the plantations in the background of Mansfield Park, and Indian and other colonial characters who flit across the pages of Vanity Fair, Jane Eyre and The Moonstone; yet there is almost no mention of south Asia in the works of, say, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy or DH Lawrence. Whatever the economic and political importance of India to Britain, the attention of British writers, like that of the British public, was usually much more insular and inward-looking. (William Dalrymple)
This columnist from The Hindu has travelled around England in the steps of her favourite authors.
I saved the best for last — The Brontës. The Brontë Parsonage was no mean little stone house by the windy moors that I was expecting. The airy house with its well-preserved furniture and personal effects of the Brontë siblings gave one the impression that it had been a good home. It was with a heart almost as heavy as Heathcliff’s that I left that beloved place. (Vijetha S.N.)
The Scarborough News shares some tips for a perfect day out in Scarborough.
Leaving the castle, turn right to view Anne Brontë’s grave beyond the car park wall, and visit St Mary’s Church just ahead. A church may have occupied this position even before the first castle was erected, with the first single-aisled structure of around 1150 being extended and restored later.
Star Daily Standard recommends books for teenagers:
Jane Eyre,” Charlotte Brontë: This literary classic from 1847 follows its title character as she grows into adulthood, becomes a governess and falls in love with her Byronic boss. “I love giving ‘Jane Eyre’ to older, passionate readers and not only because it’s my favorite book in the whole world,” says [Shosana] Smith. “The story is so beautifully written, rich with detail and real depth of feeling. Not to mention early feminist themes, scandalous for its time!”
YourTango talks about the origin of the Mrs. title:
According to Mental Floss, the original meaning for "Mrs." was Mistress. But it's not what you think. If you're an avid reader of the classics (i.e. Shakespeare, Dickens, the Brontë sisters), you know that the definition doesn't have the same meaning it does now. (Caithlin Pena)
Refinery29 reviews the latest album by Adele:
Title: “Hello
Best Line: “But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore”
Thoughts/Feelings: If you were to stand at the edge of a cliff, à la the characters of Wuthering Heights, this would be the song to soundtrack your emotional moment. (See also: appropriate for lamenting over lost loves in gale-force winds.) (Anne T. Donahue)
Le Soir (Belgium) visits the house of the architect Maryam Mahdavi:
Elle l’a ainsi simplement habillée de “ ses ” couleurs : le bleu, le vert, le rose poudré, comme une boîte de cosmétiques. Maryam Mahdavi a tenté d’y faire dialoguer toute une série de meubles et d’objets fantasques et hétéroclites. Le résultat est magique, entre “ Les Hauts de Hurlevent ” et “ Les Mille et Une Nuits ”. (Estelle Toscanucci) (Translation)
Chicago Now's Not the Fastest Girl in Town tells about her love for Wuthering Heights. AnneBrontë.org posts about Haworth Sanitation And The Babbage Report. Les Soeurs Brontë (in French) makes a point for returning the Parsonage to the way it was the the Brontës were alive.
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A new German translation of Wide Sargasso Sea was recently published in Germany:
Jean Rhys
Die weite SargassoseeTranslated by Brigitte Walitzek
ISBN: 978-3-89561-362-3
Schöffling Verlag, 2015

Jamaika, Anfang des 19. Jahrhunderts: In einem alten Herrenhaus wächst Antoinette Cosway in einer Zwischenwelt heran. Auf der einen Seite die schwarzen Dienstboten, ihre Lieder und Rituale, auf der anderen Seite die weißen Plantagenbesitzer. Es ist eine Zeit des Umbruchs, die Sklaverei wurde gerade abgeschafft, die schwarze Bevölkerung begehrt erstmals gegen die ehemaligen Herren auf. Antoinette heiratet einen jungen Engländer, den Mr Rochester aus Charlotte Brontës Klassiker Jane Eyre, doch die Beziehung wird durch Gerüchte über den Wahnsinn in ihrer Familie, durch seine hohen Ansprüche und ihre innere Zerrissenheit überschattet. Schließlich zwingt ihr Mann sie, die Insel zu verlassen und mit ihm nach England zu gehen. Dort lebt Antoinette als Gefangene in seinem großen Herrenhaus und verliert zunehmend den Verstand. Sie wird zu der verrückten Frau auf dem Dachboden.

Friday, November 20, 2015

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The Telegraph and Argus reviews Northern Ballet's Wuthering Heights.
Cathy and Heathcliff are back at the Alhambra, more than a decade after the world premiere of Northern Ballet's stirring adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Starting and ending with a moving portrayal of the carefree relationship between the couple, this is a passionate, powerful production encompassing the key elements of Emily Brontë's classic. [...]
Like most adaptations of Wuthering Heights, it ends with Cathy's death, but we are left in no doubt of the torment that follows for Heathcliff. Staggering across the moor, grief-stricken and middle-aged, he is only complete when death comes and reunites him with his beloved Cathy.
The haunting score by Claude-Michel Schönberg, the man behind the music of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, portrays the contrasts in the central relationship - as joyful and carefree as it is dark and tense - and the stark set conveys both the bleak moorland setting and timeless essence of the story.
Tobias Batley and Martha Leebolt were mesmerising as Heathcliff and Cathy; portraying the love, jealousy, obsession and despair of their complex relationship through a series of powerful pas de deux.
Strong performances too from Rachael Gillespie and Jeremy Curnier as the young Cathy and Heathcliff, capturing the youthful optimism of two people who start out believing they will always be together, and Giuliano Contadini as Edgar and Hannah Bateman as Isabella.
A beautifully performed, haunting production, and a real treat to see this Northern Ballet triumph come home again. (Emma Clayton)
If there's such a thing as comfort food, then why not comfort books too? The Guardian and its readers have selected a few.
A breakfast-room adjoined the drawing-room, I slipped in there. It contained a bookcase: I soon possessed myself of a volume, taking care that it should be one stored with pictures. I mounted into the window-seat: gathering up my feet, I sat cross-legged, like a Turk; and, having drawn the red moreen curtain nearly close, I was shrined in a double retirement.” Thus the young Jane Eyre escapes the double trial of her aunt’s scolding and “the drear November day”. Her escapism isn’t straightforward though, as her book of choice is Bewick’s History of British Birds which, between the bucolic engravings of robins and sea-fowl, features ghoulish scenes of hellfire and hangings.
The fiend pinning down the thief’s pack behind him, I passed over quickly: it was an object of terror.Jane presumably gets an illicit thrill from those terrifying images, making her the ancestor of those who find nothing more consoling in the cold, dark months of winter than an evening home alone with one of Stephen King’s grislier novels.
Jane Eyre is one of the books I return to when times are tough, so it came to mind when reading through the comfort library assembled by contributors to our Tips, Links and Suggestions forum. Earlier this week, a member of our children’s books site inspired a twitter-fest by recommending her own list of comfort books: children’s books are regularly cited as literature’s version of cocoa and a hotwater bottle for troubled grown-ups too, for obvious reasons, with Harry Potter leading the way for the generation whose childhoods will always be associated with the boy wizard. (Claire Armitstead)
A columnist writes along the same lines on Splice Today.
My mother’s penchant to occasionally fling something when she was angry confirmed the safety I found in being an introverted child. I learned to be fearful of things that might, but never do, occur. But this woman, who had to leave school when she was 14 to help support her family, led me as a child on Saturdays up two flights of stairs to our public library where the chubby, double-chinned librarian read, Are You My Mother?, Horton Hatches the Egg, Ferdinand the Bull and Make Way for Ducklings. When I was in seventh grade, she handed me the novels of Thomas Hardy, Edith Wharton, and the Brontës. (Naomi Weiss)
Writer Saad Z Hossain doesn't seem to have found the same comfort in Jane Eyre judging from one of his answers in this interview from Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh).
One book you always have to defend not liking? I didn’t like Jane Eyre much. I thought it was boring and dreary, and vastly overrated when compared to the best of Jane Austen. (N Anita Amreen)
The Philippine Star has an article on fan fiction.
The truth is that fanfiction isn’t some new, modern-century creation. It’s actually been around for many, many years now, changing forms through the decades. The Brontë sisters, authors of classic English novels such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, are actually some of literature’s first fanfic writers, creating adventure fantasies about the Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington. The first time “fan fiction” was used publicly was 1939, and its modern version was popularized by the Star Trek fandom, who were prolific in creating zines and stories that they would sell at sci-fi conventions. Any fanfiction aficionado has a genesis of their own, each one stranger than the next. (Margarita Buenaventura)
National Geographic's Intelligent Travel recommends 'Top Ten Yorkshire Experiences' including
Get Lit: Pay homage to the authors of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth. Follow the footpath winding through the moors outside for a sense of the environment that inspired the imaginative sisters.
Under the Influence: In Haworth, order a pint at the Black Bull, Branwell Brontë’s regular pub—just across the street from the apothecary where the only Brontë son bought his opium.
Finally an alert from the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
We are delighted to present a rare opportunity to view the patchwork quilt worked on by the Brontë sisters and their Aunt Branwell.
Measuring 187cm x 214cm, the quilt consists of silks, taffetas, velvets and cotton and has a calico backing.  It has been hand-sewn and the stitches are neat and even.   In some places, the quilt has faded and it is possible to see backing papers, such as newspaper, which was common practice in quilt-making at the time. The Brontës also appear to have used fragments of old letters as paper templates.
The quilt is unfinished and was passed on to the family of Martha Brown, the Brontë family's servant.  The Brontë Society purchased the quilt in 1924.
The quilt is rarely displayed due to its fragile nature.  Come and see it while you can!
The quilt will be on display until December 6th starting today.

e-Litere has an post on The Victorian Female Figure in Jane Eyre.
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The Lucy Gough adaptation of Wuthering Heights is performed this weekend at the University of York:
DramaSoc presents
Wuthering Heights 7:30pm adapted by Lucy Gough
The Barn, 20-22 Novembre
“Be with me always, take any form, drive me mad, only do not leave me in this abyss where I cannot find you”

Catherine and Heathcliff grow up together, desperately in love and wild on the Yorkshire Moors. Soon duty interferes and they are torn apart causing Heathcliff to vow revenge on those who made it so. This vow echoes through the generations as the house of Wuthering Heights yearns for redemption in a world of demons and ghosts. Emily Bronte’s classic tale of love, passion and betrayal comes to life in Lucy Gough’s thrilling adaptation.

Production Team
Director: Bethany Hughes

Heathcliff: Ross Telfer
Nelly Dean: Annabel Redgate
Catherine Earnshaw: Elizabeth Cooke
Hindley Earnshaw: Max Manning
Hareton Earnshaw: Harry Elletson
Edgar Linton: Ben Kawalec
Isabella Linton: Jess Corner
Cathy Linton: Sophie Hurst
Linton Heathcliff: Matt Edwards
Ensemble: Chris Casbon, Megan Ekinsmyth and Beth Critchley
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This is probably one of the weirdest Wuthering Heights theatre adaptations ever: a 12 minute play for a very exclusive audience: just four people. In Enskende, Stockholm, Sweden:
Svindlande Höjder
Moment Teatern
November 13th-December 13th

Original: Emily Brontë
Idea, Concept and screenplay: Åsa Berglund Cowburn
Cast: Lotta Östlin flagstone Sofia Rönnegård
Costumes: Kim Halle
Set Design: Åsa Berglund Cowburn
Music: Kate Bush and Simon Steen Country
Image: Kim Halle
Performance Pictures: Anna Fyrsten
Producer: Daniel Szpigler

moment:teater sätter upp Svindlande höjder av Emily Brontë – dels för att det ligger en motsägelse och ett motstånd till det lilla formatet redan i titeln, men självklart också av ett intresse för denna berättelse, som snart tvåhundra år efter att det skrevs, fortsätter att fascinera. Enbart 4 publikplatser.

Föreställningens längd: ca 12 min.

Svindlande höjder återkommer eventuellt under några helger i januari – februari 2016.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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Yorkshire Post reviews Northern Ballet's Wuthering Heights.
For various reasons Wuthering Heights has particular significance for me – as it has for many – so I approached Northern Ballet’s version of Emily Brontë’s classic story with some trepidation.
I had heard lots of good things about it, but would it live up to expectations? Would it be faithful to the book? And, most of all, how on earth do you translate a work of such literary complexity into a dance piece? I needn’t have worried. Aside from the fact that, like many film and stage adaptations, it only tells half the story of Emily Brontë’s original, excising the whole of the second part, the production is an absolute delight from start to finish.
Northern Ballet artistic director David Nixon’s beautifully nuanced choreography, at times robust, sexy and energetic, at others heart-breakingly tender – complemented by Claude-Michel Schoenberg’s superb score – perfectly expresses the youthful joy as well as the dangerous, destructive passions at play in the novel as Cathy and Heathcliff (Rachael Gillespie and Jeremy Curnier as the wild, carefree youngsters and Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley as their troubled adult counterparts) hurtle towards inevitable tragedy.
There was an odd badminton playing scene (badminton, on the Yorkshire Moors?) which seemed out of place, but that’s a minor criticism of a production that is outstanding in every way. (Yvette Huddleston)
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) also reviews a stage production of Wuthering Heights in Enskede, Stockholm.
Medan ”Brev till en ängel” står för timslång reflektion studsar Åsa Berglund Cowbums och Moments ”Svindlande höjder” in – och snart ut i egenskap av ”liten men naggande god”. Hela idén är galen men samtidigt fullkomligt oemotståndlig. Emily Brontës tegelstensroman framförd på 13 minuter i en garderob, går det? Förstås inte fast absolut. I varje fall på det här viset när själva kvintessensen av romanen, Catherines dualism i kärleken och begäret till fosterbrodern Heathcliff, samlas i en enda eruption. Envigen mellan proper yta och frustande lusta.
Sofia Rönnegård agerar prydliga Cathy men mellan hennes ben, ja faktiskt, tvingar sig också Lotta Östlin Stenshälls ”underjag” fram. Rufsig, fräck, kaxig och kåt. Det ångar på miniscenen där den sinnligt röda sammetsgradängen rymmer totalt fyra åskådare. Roligt och vasst med två suveräna aktriser. Bara att höra underjaget väsa till överjaget ”Ut med språket din snöpta hagga!” är värt turen till Gubbängen! (Pia Huss) (Translation)
El litoral (Argentina) features the novel too.
Alguien las llamó “esas inglesas locas”, escritoras excéntricas que cubren con novelas extraordinarias el panorama literario del siglo XIX. Leídas hoy, hay dos por lo menos que se revelan geniales y tan ineludibles como lo mejor de Flaubert, de Tolstoi y de Dostoievski: “Cumbres borrascosas”, de Emily Brontë, y “Middlemarch”, de George Eliot.
Cumbres...” y Emily Brontë constituyen el mayor misterio. Son la novela y la escritora más locas. Incluso para nuestro tiempo, que se regodea en el aplauso de las transgresiones más rebuscadas, todas permitidas y, por lo tanto, en cierto grado inocentes. Leyéndola hoy tenemos la misma impresión que nos dan algunas obras y biografías de la mal juzgada era victoriana, la impresión de que se estaba entonces más libre que hoy. Pasolini lo decía a propósito de las supuestas oscuridades y represiones de la Edad Media y de la Roma de los Papas: aquello tiempos, aseguraba, eran más afectos a la búsqueda del goce y de la felicidad.
Victoria Ocampo, en un notable ensayo sobre Emily Brontë, nos recuerda que “Cumbres...” se publicó en diciembre de 1847, un año antes de que muriera su autora, y que fue muy mal recibida por la crítica. Sus personajes siguen siendo tan abominables, espantosos, desenfrenados y entrañables como resultaron en aquel momento. Extremadamente contradictorios, como el retrato de Emily que pinta Somerset Maugham: “Era dura, dogmática, porfiada, hosca, colérica; y era devota, respetuosa, industriosa, impasible, paciente y tierna (...). En su timidez había tanto apocamiento como arrogancia. El genio de Emily era imprevisible y sus hermanas parecen haberle tenido miedo”. [...]
En su creación de un universo aislado, Emily se permite la fusión de la novela gótica y del realismo más exacerbado, de la ensoñación romántica y el melodrama, nadando en aguas que no evitan los oleajes de tabúes ancestrales como el incesto o la necrofilia. Extrañamente, no se ha señalado que toda la vitalidad narrativa y las proezas técnicas y la polifonía de “Cumbres...” la individualizan como un puntual antecedente de un autor clave de la literatura contemporánea y de la literatura de toda América, William Faulkner, maestro de los más grandes escritores latinoamericanos: de Rulfo a Borges, de García Márquez a Onetti. Incluso la creación de míticos locus como el condado de Yoknapatawpha, Santa María, Macondo o las orillas de los compadritos de Borges, y el vértigo genealógico de los Sartoris, los Sutpen, los Compson, los Buendía reconocen su origen en la meseta sometida a los tumultos atmosféricos del lugar llamado justamente “Cumbres...”, y en la confusión de generaciones y nombres (como los que se producen con Catherine Earnshaw, Catherine Heathcliff y Catherine Linton).
Cumbres...” es una lección de libertad en una época en la cual los narradores se someten a proyectos y reglamentos antes de comenzar a escribir sus obras. Es, sobre todo, un ejemplo de cómo una obra maestra puede mantenerse incontaminada a pesar de las varias torpes versiones cinematográficas y teatrales; de radiografías psicoanalíticas y de análisis destripadores. (Nilda Somer) (Translation)
Anime News Network looks into the origins of 'dangerous anime boys'.
Gothic romance stories were set in old castles at exotic locales (like Italy, which was exotic for 18th-century Brits), filled with naïve ingénues falling for tormented men who were never what they seemed on the surface. This trope also led to the Byronic hero of later 19th-century novels, like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. The most popular modern-day example would be Tom Hiddleston's sympathetic and charismatic portrayal of the villain Loki in the Marvel movie-verse, which won him fathoms of fangirls. Predictably, he went on from there to play a textbook Byronic hero in Guillermo del Toro's Gothic romance movie, Crimson Peak.
However, in many of the earlier Gothic romance novels, these men were just as likely to be cautionary tales as romantic ideals. With the advent of Romanticism in the 19th century, and its emphasis on emotional expression over moral righteousness, this changed more permanently into everyone's "favorite" bad-boy trope... (Rose Bridges)
The Independent Florida Alligator discusses boys/guys too:
Straight dudes have liked women, it seems, for a while now. And they’ve written about it for just as long. Women have written about liking men — and other women — but you probably didn’t find too much of this on your high school reading lists or bookshelves, with the probable exception of the works of the Brontë sisters. Instead, you were probably left with John Green novels, Morrissey lyrics and the like to make sense of the romantic world. (Neel Bapatla)
io9 considers Emily Brontë a cat lady:
But cats hold a special attraction for literary types. Harriet Beecher Stowe was a cat lady, who frequently perched her cat on her shoulder while she wrote. Emily Brontë loved cats, and wrote an essay in which she defended them from detractors who claimed that they were cruel and aloof. (Given the way she wrote Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, she might have a different frame of reference for cruelty and aloofness than the rest of us.) (Esther Inglis-Arkell)
According to Mercury News, Jane Eyre is one of '35 classic books for kids'.
"Jane Eyre," Charlotte Brontë: This literary classic from 1847 follows its title character as she grows into adulthood, becomes a governess and falls in love with her Byronic boss. "I love giving 'Jane Eyre' to older, passionate readers and not only because it's my favorite book in the whole world," says [Shosana Smith, buyer and manager at The Reading Bug bookstore in San Carlos]. "The story is so beautifully written, rich with detail and real depth of feeling. Not to mention early feminist themes, scandalous for its time!" (Martha Ross)
And more on kids and reading as Mankato Homeschooling Examiner tells about a reading programme developed by Mensa for Kids.
Here's a wonderful way to encourage kids to read and to really give them a challenge. Mensa for Kids has developed the Excellence in Reading Award that gives children and teens a certificate of achievement and t-shirt if they successfully read all of the books on their age-appropriate recommended book lists. Kids can even listen to the books read aloud or on tape to qualify.
The program is designed for readers at four reading levels and has a list of books (and sometimes short stories and poems) to be read for each level. Mensa for Kids points out that children should read according to their abilities, not necessarily their true grade levels. Children may listen to the books being read aloud by parents, listen to audio books or read them online, as well as reading them themselves. Each list contains an impressive variety of books. [...]
The 9-12th grade list contains over one hundred novels, short stories and poetry compilations. Included are Beowulf, Of Mice and Men, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Anna Karenina, Walden, Of Human Bondage, The Scarlet Letter, The Turn of the Screw, My Antonia, The Cherry Orchard, 1984, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Wuthering Heights, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Iliad, Emily Dickinson's complete works and Moby Dick, just to name a few. (Alicia Bayer)
And yet according to Patheos' Catholic Authenticity,
Seriously, melancholic teenagers should never be allowed to read Wuthering Heights or Romantic poetry. (Melinda Selmys)
La razón (Spain) reviews Ángeles Caso's Todo ese fuego.
A la bronteana manera, Ángeles Caso nos transmite ese aroma literario que emanaban las hermanas, hasta el punto de parecer criaturas descritas por ellas mismas. En el punto de equilibrio entre la novela y la Historia se sitúan estas páginas conformadas con idéntica dosis de ternura y reivindicación. Al concluirlo, damos más valor, si cabe, a la obra de las hermanas, entendiéndola como una lucha contra lo políticamente correcto y lo moralmente debido. (Ángeles López) (Translation)
The Guardian's film blog on Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension:
I called in a demon slayer and part-time exorcist, and he told me that the only way I could get the evil little girls to leave my house was to download a copy of Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension on to somebody else’s computer. This was a trick he’d learned from watching The Ring. I tried to do it to a jerk in the local coffee shop who’s always gasbagging into his Bluetooth while I’m trying to read Charlotte Brontë’s Villette in peace, but the Mac Air doesn’t have a DVD drive, and anyway the film requires a PC. So that approach wasn’t going to work. (Joe Queenan)
Stepabout reviews Jane Eyre.
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A new Swedish edition of Charlotte Brontë's Villette:
Charlotte Brontë
Translation: Anna-Karin Malmström Ehrling & Per Ove Ehrling
Cover design: Lars Sundh
Cover: Nadia Moro
Modernista, 2015
ISBN:  978-91-7499-681-4 [inb]
978-91-7499-686-9 [e-bok]

Efter en familjekatastrof måste föräldralösa Lucy Snowe ta sig fram bäst hon kan, i ett 1800-talets London, utan annat skyddsnät än den sista lönen från ett arbete som sällskapsdam åt en äldre kvinna som nu avlidit.
Slumpen tar Lucy ombord på en båt till kontinenten och till Villette, där hon lyckas få anställning som lärarinna i engelska på en flickskola. Ständigt övervakas hon av skolans intriganta förestånderska. Som protestant betraktas hon med misstänksamhet i den strängt katolska kultur som präglar platsen. Ändå är det här Lucy söker ett hem åt ett känsligt men tåligt hjärta – fostrat av besvikelser, den ena hårdare än den andra. Med åren ska miss Snowe komma att se allt klarare på människolivet; på lidandet och lyckan; på rådande världssyner som religion och inte minst kön.
Villette [1853] var en för sin tid utmanande roman, med dess skarpa ifrågasättande av tidens kvinnoroll. Först efter modernismens genombrott fick romanen den klassikerstatus den förtjänar – ett mästerverk av Charlotte Brontë som legat i skuggan av den världsomspännande succén Jane Eyre.
Denna pärla bland engelska klassiker presenteras här av Anna-Karin Malmström Ehrling & Per Ove Ehrling i den första svenska översättningen av romanen sedan 1854.