Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013 8:26 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
A couple of New York newspapers review the musical Matilda and include Brontë references. The New York Post mentions the new lyrics:
“Charlotte Brontë, do not want-ee,” the father sings. “Jane Austen, in the compostin’/James Joyce? Doesn’t sound noice.” (Elisabeth Vincentelli)
The New York Daily News sums up the story:
The odd little girl at the center of the spiky and lavishly inventive new Broadway show “Matilda” learns her ABCs early. By age 5, she’s mastered reading and devoured classics like “Jane Eyre” and “Crime and Punishment.” She’s also sussed out the harsh truth of hard-knock lives: Fend for yourself. (Joe Dziemianowicz)
Matilda would have no trouble getting the right answer to this quiz from The Oakland Tribune:
5. While her sister was writing about the troubles of Jane Eyre, she was describing a fellow named Heathcliff in her book, "Wuthering Heights:" A) Mary Shelley; B) Emily Brontë; C) Elizabeth Browning; D) Sadie Marx. (Joe King)
The Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot describes the play All the Great Books (Abridged) as follows:
We have Monty Python meets CliffsNotes in the fast-paced 'All the Great Books (Abridged).' It is a mad dash through 90 classics of Western literature in 90 minutes.
"No book from 'Alice in Wonderland' to 'Wuthering Heights' escapes the slings and arrows of outrageous parody that the New York Times calls 'intellectual vaudeville.'" (Barbara Diamond)
And one more thing to add to Emily Brontë's never-ending string of illnesses: schizophrenia (because she heard voices, you know), at least according to the Italian newspaper L'Impronta.
Cosa significa “udire  le voci”? Possiamo considerarla una patologia?
Udire voci è diventato un problema psichiatrico nell’ultimo secolo, da quando la sistematizzazione delle malattie psichiatriche e la creazione di sistemi diagnostici hanno fatto rientrare questo sintomo delle allucinazioni uditive tra i sintomi della schizofrenia. Inizialmente, non si è data grande importanza a questo problema, che con il tempo è stato progressivamente sopravvalutato, fino a rendere automatico il collegamento con la malattia psichiatrica. Nel passato, invece, ci sono stati molti personaggi di rilievo che sentivano voci, senza per questo essere considerati schizofrenici: penso a Giovanna d’Arco, Gandhi, Emily Brontë, Leonardo da Vinci, Napoleone. Se queste persone sentivano voci ma non erano schizofrenici allora non è vero che è sintomo di schizofrenia. (Translation)
BritLit focuses on two governesses: Jane Eyre and Becky Sharpe.

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