Thursday, February 06, 2014

Thursday, February 06, 2014 8:27 am by Cristina in , , , , , , ,    No comments
A very sad observation from The Daily Free Press:
If we could stop focusing on what kind of shampoo Bella Swan uses to lure in men or whatever and start looking for ways to make this world a better place, that’d be great. There are countries where girls will never know who Hermione Granger, Scout Finch or Jane Eyre are, and it’s not because they choose not to, but rather because they’ll never be allowed to read.
I think that alone seems a bit more pressing. (Sara Ryan)
This kind of thought is along the lines of Bella's shampoo. From a Huffington Post article on 'Women's Turn-Ons That Might Surprise You':
A Furled Brow
This turn-on might come as a surprise to guys, but not to female fans of romance novels with brooding heroes going all the way back to Heathcliff in the 19th century classic Wuthering Heights. Women even find images of men looking happy significantly less attractive than men with a prideful or shameful face, a recent study published in the journal Emotion concluded. "Many women may take a frown as a challenge to overcome, interpreting it as a primal sign of a man's disapproval and how she needs to improve her behavior," says Charles J. Orlando, a relationship expert and author of the best-selling relationship book series The Problem With Women … Is Men. (Diana Rodriguez)
See, Emily Brontë was a 'scientist' ahead of her time.

The Chicago Reader reviews Wuthering Heights 1939 briefly:
Like every other screen version of the great Emily Brontë novel, including the ones by Luis Buñuel and Jacques Rivette, this 1939 romantic extravaganza—directed by William Wyler from a script by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, and shot by the wonderful Gregg Toland—jettisons the framing device offered in the book by Lockwood and Mrs. Dean, two stiffs whose lack of understanding serves as the “open sesame” for the reader's sympathy and imagination. Without this essential element, one gets only standard Hollywood romance, with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon chewing up all the available scenery; whatever's left is dished out to David Niven, Donald Crisp, Flora Robson, and Geraldine Fitzgerald. (Jonathan Rosenbaum)
And this is how The Daily Campus describes Kate Bush's take on the novel.
Wuthering Heights” her most popular song, is a hysterical ode to Emily Brontë’s novel, and tells the story of Heathcliff and Cathy in an obnoxious, but artistic falsetto. The song is a terrible introduction to Bush (Kathleen McWilliams)
Columbus Alive reviews Shadowbox Live’s stage production Madness and Lust.
With her 1847 “Wuthering Heights,” Emily Brontë helped invent the modern gothic novel. With its “Madness and Lust,” Shadowbox Live has contributed the latest chapter in its continuing evolution of the CliffsNotes jukebox rock musical.
Let’s credit “Madness and Lust,” conceived and choreographed by Katy Psenicka, with original scenes written by Jimmy Mak, and directed by Stev Guyer, for taking on one of the most honored and influential classics of English literature. Brontë’s original narrative spans some three decades, whereas this Shadowbox Stage 2 production relates its tale in two hours. So of course, sacrifices are made and understandable. Still, the howling winds you hear as the lights go up on the Shadowbox stage? They might sound like the gusts sweeping the Yorkshire moors, but one soon suspects they blow through the holes left by missing subtext, subtlety and substance.[...]
In his “original scenes,” playwright Mak neither mimics nor condenses Brontë’s Victorian prose. (One actual exchange: Housekeeper Nelly: “Heathcliff, you look nice.” Heathcliff’s response: “This place looks terrible.”) Perhaps a nod toward Brontë’s style might have helped raise the acting level above the hammy and histrionic. Psenicka’s choreography is beholden more to the length of the songs than the needs of the story.
Madness and Lust” inflicts withering slights on poor Emily Brontë. (Jay Weitz)
Intrigue recommends Jane Eyre:
Jane Eyre is a perfect example of a novel being ahead of its time. The introspective narration and meditation on what it means to be a human being has influenced countless writers, including James Joyce and Marcel Proust. For feminists, Jane Eyre is a seminal book. Jane’s self-respect and independence has been held up as an example for young women. Her refusal to marry St John out of duty is out-of-kilter compared to common Victorian morality tales, the authors of which would have doubtlessly seen Jane punished for aiming above her station. Much has also been made of her marriage to Rochester and how he has to be physically maimed before he can be seen as Jane’s equal. (Roisin Peddle)
The Literary Lollipop posts about April Lindner's Jane. While Alpine Exploratory has a post - with pictures - on walking the full length of the Pennine Way, which of course includes the Haworth moors. twich twich! and Phaedra review Wuthering Heights whereas Bibliomantics finds the humour in Emily Brontë's words.

An alert from Settle, North Yorkshire for today, February 6:
The Gigg Lectures
The Richard Whiteley Theatre
Giggleswick School
North Yorkshire
New for this year is a series of illustrated lectures given by a range of speakers to inspire, entertain, challenge and share their experiences with audiences, both young and old.   ‘The Gigg Lectures’ cover subjects from music to mountaineering, prison to battles and are given by leading experts and professional speakers.

Stephen Whitehead:

A Strange Uncivilized Little Place: Haworth & the Making of the Brontë Genius
Thursday 6 February 2014 - 7.00pm

Stephen Whitehead (OG) lives in Haworth and is an acknowledged authority on the Brontës, a former trustee of the Brontë Society and chairman of the management committee of the Brontë Parsonage Museum.  In this lecture, he will explore the environmental, intellectual, cultural and family influences that formed the creative genii of four extraordinarily talented siblings.
Finally, an announcement from The Brontë Parsonage Facebook page:
Every weekday from 5th February until the Parsonage re-opens on Thursday 20th we will be offering short, free talks at 2pm. These will be on a range of topics from the history of the building to the connection between the Brontës and the railways, and conditions in Haworth at the time of the Brontës. They will take place in the garden or the churchyard weather allowing, if not, in the basement of the Parsonage.
Please meet outside the entrance to the museum at 2pm.


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