Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bustle lists '13 contemporary novels all feminists should read'. It's not Jane Eyre that's on it but
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
As much as I like Jane Eyre, I still think that Jean Rhys’s retelling is an essential critique. The novel refocuses the story and makes Bertha, Rochester’s crazy wife in the attic, the protagonist and narrator. That alone makes a powerful statement about who gets to have their story told and which women are worthy of being the center of attention, and Rhys follows through with a short but impactful novel about Bertha and Rochester in the their early days. (Emma Cueto)
Blogtaormina (Italy) features another list: the one compiled by literary critic Piero Dorfles for the Italian TV programme Per un pugno di libri.
Poche, a nostro giudizio le scrittrici selezionate: Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Agatha Christie, Margaret Mitchell, Elsa Morante e Mary Shelley. (Milena Privitera) (Translation)
And speaking of lists, Ecns (China) has an article on the Book List Challenge. Apparently,
Li Jiajia, an anchor at Guangdong Satellite TV, based in Guangzhou in Guangdong province, accepted the challenge on Sept 26, after a friend working at Phoenix Satellite TV nominated her.
She listed 10 books, including Wuthering Heights, 1984, Animal Farm and Chinese writer Yu Hua's Brothers and To Live.
"The books I listed were those I could remember instantly when I received the challenge," Li says. "They are both insightful and a pleasure to read, and they easily stand out from what I have read." (Si Huan)
And yet more lists, as The Independent reviews the book Lists of Note, compiled by Shaun Usher which includes
Hemingway's must-read books for aspiring novelists: War and Peace, The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights[.] (James Kidd)
The Star is reminded of a Brontë novel when reviewing The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
Mystery and intrigue infuse every page of this first novel by British writer and actor Jessie Burton. Set in 17th century Amsterdam, “where the pendulum swings from God to a guilder,” there’s a Brönte-like [sic] mood afoot from the moment Nella Oortman arrives at her rich husband’s house on an Amsterdam canal. (Nancy Wigston)
The Spectator discusses heroes and makes an interesting point:
After any famous writer goes their own long journey, the difficulties of preserving their home for would-be pilgrims become more fraught: whether a literary shrine is tended or neglected, there will always be enthusiasts claiming that their idol has not been treated appropriately. As Simon Goldhill observes in Scott’s Buttocks, Freud’s Couch, Brontë’s Grave, Charlotte Brontë would have been horrified had she seen her stockings on public display at Haworth Parsonage, but in the 21st century they’re a precious link – however creepy – to a great talent now gone. (Philip Sidney)
Speaking of Charlotte Brontë items on display, The Economist's Prospero posts about the new British Library exhibition, Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination where
there is a case dedicated to "Northanger Abbey", the gothic spoof written by the teenage Jane Austen; a waspish letter written by Ann Radcliffe to her mother in law; and early copies of "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë and "The Raven" by Edgar Allen [sic] Poe. (K. S. C.
Brides offers guidance on how to find a passage for a wedding and suggests
Novels and plays: Writers such as John Updike, Thornton Wilder, D. H. Lawrence, Emily and Charlotte Brontë, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Gift from the Sea) and Gabríel (sic) García Marquez offer great inspiration. (Terri Pous)
The Notre Dame & St Mary's Observer reviews the performances of the Aquila Theatre production of Wuthering Heights. Patras Events (Greece) has a quote on eyes by Charlotte Brontë. The deputy books editor at The Boar picks Jane Eyre as one of her favourite literary characters. More on Jane Eyre on the Lifeline Theatre blog, this thread on reddit/r/books (or in here) and Chicago Literati. WKTS posts in Polish about Agnes Grey.

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