Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Brontës: messing with your head since the nineteenth century

The New York Times reviews Martha Graham's Death and Entrances at the Joyce Theater.

The Brontës Are Here To Mess With Your Head [...]
The three Brontë sisters were on Graham’s mind when she choreographed this psychosexual drama, which had its premiere in 1943. To say that the central characters in this dance are conflicted is to call the Sahara rainfall-challenged. Their bodies sheathed in Halston’s jewel-toned, torso-skimming evening gowns, they wrench and heave and coil. Most everything in Arch Lauterer’s spare set manages to evoke phallic imagery (unless chess pieces were much, much bigger in the Brontës’ day). Judith M. Daitsman’s lighting is dark, Hunter Johnson’s score roils. (Claudia La Rocco)
A columnist at the Ballina Shire Advocate wonders,
What inspires you?
For me, it's reading the timeless quotes and stories by some of literature's greats such as Mark Twain, Anne Brontë or Edgar Allan Poe. (Janessa Ekert)
And the Salem Classic Literature Examiner thinks that two Brontë novels - not Anne's - are among the best book written by women:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë - Dark, soulful, and deeply romantic, featuring one of literature's strongest, most passionate heroines.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë - A novel about life on the untamed English moors, highlighting issues of character, class, and passion. (Erin Kahn)
Poesias Brontëanas continues translating Brontë poems into Portuguese. Also in Portuguese, Romance com Tema Sobrenatural posts about Jane Eyre. Vintage Pearl reviews the 2011 adaptation. Bumbles and Fairy-tales posts about Little Miss Brontë: Jane Eyre. Bitsy Bling writes about Margot Livesey's The Flight of Gemma Hardy and A Book a Day writes briefly about the forthcoming A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont. Folhas de Papel posts about Wuthering Heights in Portuguese and Feministisk Filmfasta writes about Andrea Arnold's adaptation of the novel. STPben reviews Wide Sargasso Sea. Salt & Light features the Brontë birthplace at Thornton.

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