Blake Morrison in Brussels - *Writer Blake Morrison spoke to the thriving Brussels Brontë Group recently. Helen McEwan sent us this report, which also appears on our sister blog - the ...
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But [Rebecca] Eaton also theorized that American literature is often too dark, too weird, for Masterpiece and maybe for TV more broadly. “This is a huge generalization, but [American novels] have tended not to have all the elements that make it good for television, whether it's too interior or there's not enough action,” the Boston-born Eaton said. By contrast, “the Brits tended to write more colorful stories rather than the darkness and struggle. Dickens and Trollope certainly knew how to write sequels, books that would make good ongoing series again and again. And the greatest love stories are in the Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudices. I don't know what our equivalent is.” (Spencer Kornhaber)The Artifice analyses Jane Eyre as a 'bad feminist' in the words of the American writer Roxane Gay:
(...) Choice, as well as acceptance, are both integral to Gay’s perception of feminism. And when Jane makes the choice to become a domestic wife and mother, she does so through her freedom of choice, and is still the strong, uncaged bird that we have come to know and love. Although Bronte’s work preceded feminism by several decades, she may have agreed with Gay that, instead of a woman falling into one category or the other, she should be able to express her many contrasting tastes and impulses without guilt. (Read more) (Rachel Watson)Keighley News publishes a summary of the activities and events at the recent Haworth Festival:
Their also a fabric mosaic-making workshop, Brontë-themed readings, and performances storytelling and dance from the Bradford-based South Asian arts organisation Kala Sangam. (David Knights)The Guardian talks about the Dartmoor landscapes:
Our wildernesses require their own claims to fame to differentiate them, and thus prevent all that wind-blown swampy scrub from confusing the public. The Yorkshire moors have the Brontës; Bodmin Moor boasts the beast; Exmoor clings to Lorna Doone, and Dartmoor’s fame relies on The Hound of the Baskervilles and the prison, with Widecombe Fair, Uncle Tom Cobley and wild ponies forming the B-list. (Joanna Briscoe)Memories of summer camps in Wyborcza (Poland):
Zanim jednak stałam się nieletnią ofiarą pracy sezonowej, raz udało mi się zaliczyć obóz harcerski w Druskiennikach. Wspominam z rozrzewnieniem polsko-litewską integrację, łamanie języka na nauce piosenek, wyrywany sobie z rąk wieczorami jeden egzemplarz "Dziwnych losów Jane Eyre", a nade wszystko - handelek. PRL-owska epidemia nie ominęła nawet niewinnych polskich harcerzy. (Translation)The Londonderry Sentinel (and The Faughan Valley) republishes the Prehen House-Wuthering Heights connection.