10 Fascinating Facts About Charlotte Brontë - On Wednesday 7th December, I’m very honoured to be returning to my old University, the University of Huddersfield, to give a public lecture on Charlotte Br...
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Anne was the youngest of the three Brontë sisters. In my view, she is still a surprisingly underestimated writer. Her two novels, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, both expose the realities of governess-ing in Victorian England and both are merciless indictments of the class rich enough to employ governesses. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a rarity in Victorian fiction in as much as it traces the progress of a 'bad' marriage through violence and drink to its bitter end. As a poet she was neither as powerful nor as prolific as Emily, but she wrote some striking poems just the same. The subject of Farewell was William Weightman, her father's curate. He flirted with all three Brontë sisters but he and Anne were possibly in love. After his tragically early death from cholera, she wrote a series of poems about him, of which this is one. (Anthony Cronin)We are sorry, Just Jared, but we have a feeling that Ruth Wilson wasn't really discussing Jane Eyre here:
On once playing Jane Eyre: “What I love about the West and the history of the West — and people don’t make Westerns much anymore because there’s the idea that they don’t work — is that [they show] the start of modern America. It’s when the attitudes developed. I’m really proud of it, because it’s nice to be a part of something that has a moral journey and a moral code. It’s actually something that did happen in the history of America, and it’s important not to forget. Of course, it’s a Disney movie with the sort of stock characters: the baddie, the goodie, the girl. But it’s also in this really interesting period of history.”You see, Jane Eyre is mentioned but she was actually discussing The Lone Ranger film in Flaunt Magazine last August:
A coolly put together woman in low slung navy trousers and a stylish bob that curls right below her ears, Wilson’s relaxed when she talks about her career. We chat about her recent role as the will-they-won’t-they love interest in Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s mammoth of a film, The Lone Ranger (a Western Pirates of the Caribbean complete with Johnny Depp as the Native American Tonto with long, knotted hair).It becomes clear that, though the role is a far cry from her earlier work—her first major break was playing Jane Eyre in the 2006 BBC production of the Charlotte Brontë novel—there was an obvious reason for her to take it: She got to ride wagons, jump on steam trains, and become a pistol-wielding frontierswoman.The new season of Downton Abbey began last night in the Uk. Lady Edith's current story continues bringing Jane Eyre references. From Carter: (SPOILERS!!)
"What I love about the West and the history of the West [etc]" (Koun Bae)
Michael Gregson clearly loves Edith, but there is a major complication: He is married. Therefore, the editor was willing to take a major risk with her, in moving to Germany so that he can file for divorce against his insane wife. This story does still feel a Jane Eyre sort of feel to it, but for now, we enjoy the romance.An article from Times Free Press on plagiarism and spotting it.
In Balázs’ classes, he says he can tell when students are cheating simply by their use of language above their comprehension level. He recalls when a “C-level” student in his Western humanities class wrote a paper on Jane Eyre using sophisticated vocabulary.As if students hadn't copied word-by-word from other sources before the internet was around.
A Google search later, Balázs found the exact paper on another Web page, copied word for word. Chu said this aspect of plagiarism is best resolved by knowing students and their personal work habits, but the idea becomes implausible as class sizes grow to all-time highs. (Jeff LaFave)
Outdoor theatre productions included The Wind in the Willows and Pride and Prejudice where 450 people picnicked on the lawn, enjoyed the show and watched a spectacular sunset over Bantry Bay. The Jungle Book and Wuthering Heights have been booked in for summer 2014 already.The Telegraph and Argus suggests a few walks featuring Yorkshire reservoirs.
Next stage is a six-hour 12-miler between Haworth and Hebden Bridge past the Lower Laithe and Walshaw Dean reservoirs, with the Brontë Bridge, Wuthering Heights and Gibson’s Mill at Hardcastle Crags as highlights. (Mike Priestley)