Friday, January 09, 2015

Friday, January 09, 2015 10:00 am by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
The Independent interviews novelist Grace McCleen:
Which fictional character most resembles you? Possibly Charlotte Brontë's Lucy Snowe (from Villette)
Ian Bostridge's book Schubert's Winter Journey - reviewed by The Independent too - deals with Winterreise, Schubert's setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller and which apparently is
as deserving of a place in our common experience "as the poetry of Shakespeare and Dante, the paintings of Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, the novels of the Brontë sisters or Marcel Proust". (Rebecca K Morrison)
Yle (Finland) discusses the 'Gothic heritage':
Systrarna Brontë använde sig av landskapet på ett sätt som för tankarna till Ann Radcliffe – den vildsinta naturen, den hotfulla heden, de dystra romantiska miljöerna där det nyckfulla vädret och de växlande årstiderna speglar romanfigurernas känslor och inre konflikter.
Brontësystrarna gör gotiken domesticerad – det borgerliga hemmet blir skådeplatsen för stormiga känslolandskap. (Marit Lindqvist) (Translation)
Express Milwaukee also mentions the Brontë gothic connection in an article about Alfred Hitchcock's film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and includes quite a blunder when it comes to the star of the film:
This Saturday, the FOCUS Film Society will screen Rebecca in honor the film’s 75th anniversary and the recent death of its star, Lynn Fontaine. Rebecca is a gothic romance in the Bronte sisters tradition, Jane Eyre for the early 20th century, complete with brooding anti-hero haunted by the past (Laurence Olivier), a disused wing of an ancestral castle, servants who know more than they’re saying and a protagonist-heroine (Fontaine) struggling with an unfamiliar, potentially dangerous milieu. Fontaine was unlike the Hollywood glamor gals of the 1930s; she was a fresh unaffected beauty whose radiance seems contemporary 75 years later. (David Luhrssen)
That would be Joan Fontaine, rather than Lynn.

Samantha Ellis's How to be a Heroine is a must-read for the Daily Mail.
HOW TO BE A HEROINE
by Samantha Ellis
Do you secretly model yourself on Wuthering Heights’ passionate romantic heroine Cathy Earnshaw or are you a feisty, independent but pragmatic Jane Eyre?
Samantha Ellis yearned to be a Cathy, but in a revelatory moment realised that plain Jane held all the cards . . .
In this inspired study of female fictional characters, from The Little Mermaid through Anne Of Green Gables and Scarlett O’Hara to Elizabeth Bennet, Ellis scrutinises the literary world and how it has influenced her own choices in life.
It’s a dazzling, witty and heartwarming read for every woman who has spent her life curled up with an absorbing novel — and will make you rethink your views on many leading ladies. (Sally Morris)
The Brontë Parsonage Facebook page shows a lovely picture of the Parsonage and the churchyard in the winter sunshine. Read Write Stroll posts briefly about Sheila Kohler's Becoming Jane Eyre. Fizz Life and Words for Worms talk about Jane Eyre.

Finally an alert for today and another one for tomorrow. Via Die Welt and Hamburger Abendblatt. Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights is being screened today, January 9th, 7 pm, at the Metropolis Kino in Hamburg, Germany as part of their New British Cinema series. And tomorrow, January 10th, in York:
Literary Yorkshires
Department of English and Related Literature, University of York
Location: K/133, King's Manor, Exhibition Square, York

Saturday 10 January 2015, 10.00am to 4.30pm

Provisional programme:-

10.00: Matthew Townend, 'Yorkshire Medievalism'
10.30: Helen Smith, 'Letters from Yorkshire'
11.00: Break
11.15: Emma Major, 'Dissent and God's Own Country'
11.45: Harriet Guest, 'A Trip to Scarborough'
12.15: John Bowen, ''The Great North Road'
12.45: Lunch
13.45: 'Lights on Literature', a short film by Helen Hobin
14.00: Nicola Watson (Open University), 'Brontë's Desk'
15.00: Break
15.15: Jonathan Brockbank, 'Mesh and Nesh: Representing Yorkshire'
15.45: Claire Chambers, '"Burminggaon? Nottinggaon? Biradforrd?": British-Pakistani Novelists's Depictions of Bradford'
16.15: General discussion/ summarizing remarks

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