Thursday, September 03, 2015

Inverse discusses what could be expected from Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak:
In Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, adapted from the Daphne Du Maurier novel of the same name, the heroine marries a wealthy older man and goes to live with him in Manderley, his estate. She soon realizes all is not as it seems. The book is worth reading — especially if you find the Brontës’ language too stiff; it’s like Jane Eyre on crack — but the heroine is a timid mooncalf. (...)
Del Toro’s heroines have a bit more gumption and kick more ass than the average Gothic heroine, whether they’re in a Radcliffe or a Brontë narrative. (Lauren Sarner)
L'Avenir (Belgium) talks about the 2009 film Bright Star by Jane Campion:
«Mes films sont des réactions à l’obsession de la société pour la normalité, sa propension à exclure les déviants», racontait, en 2010, au Monde Jane Campion, passionnée de littérature anglo-saxonne romantique, avec une prédilection pour Emily Brontë et Emily Dickinson, ou encore Virginia Woolf. (Translation)
The Criticwire classic of the week is I Walked with a Zombie 1944:
Director Jacques Tourneur brings out the buried complexities of the film's "Jane Eyre"-inspired script, courtesy of Curt Siodmak and Ardel Wray, to life through noir shadows and suggestive camera movements, capturing an ugly haunting colonial history without putting too fine a point on it. (Vikram Murthi)
The Christian Science Monitor reviews Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans:
The shelves are already crowded with literary orphans, cramming in everyone from Harry Potter and Mowgli, to Huck Finn and Anne Shirley, Oliver Twist and Jane Eyre. But even among literature’s lovable urchins, Noel Bostock is a bit of an odd duck. He was raised by a suffragette, not wolves. He’s not cute or plucky and he doesn’t sing a note. He has jug ears; a bad leg, thanks to polio; and an outsize vocabulary, thanks to his godmother Mattie. (Yvonne Zip)
Verve Magazine interviews the writer Kiran Manral:
What are your go-to books?(...)  But I would think the book that will always stay with me is Jane Eyre, because it was the first time for me that the heroine was not pretty, not a princess and did not end up with a Prince Charming.”
Which literary/fictional romance made you want write love stories?“So many, so many. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Gone with the Wind and Bridget Jones. And all the M&Bs that fuelled my adolescent, burgeoning fascination with the opposite sex.” (Zaral Shah andNatasha Sahjwani)
The Austin Chronicle has an article about a local restaurant with a literary twist:
For example, Weinbrot's favorite characters serve as inspiration for the different recipes. Scheherazade, the storyteller from One Thousand and One Nights (also known as Arabian Nights), influenced the use of Middle Eastern spices in the namesake knish. Dulcinea del Toboso, the true love of Cervantes' Don Quixote, suggested a mix of spicy (chipotle) and sweet (brown sugar, maple syrup). An upcoming chocolate knish will be named after Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Fittingly, it will be dark, brooding, and very alluring. (Serena Yeh)
The Irish Times traces the figure of the writer Joseph O'Connor:
To some degree, Star of the Sea can be read as a sustained meditation on the authority of writing itself. One of the leading characters, the American journalist G Grantley Dixon, is an aspiring novelist whose various writings are cleverly stitched into this complex narrative. The inclusion of his newspaper report on the famine in Ireland for the New York Tribune is a clever expositional device deployed by O’Connor. The reliability of his account, however, is undermined by the character, Merridith, who dismisses Dixon as a ‘coffee-house [radical]’ . Further into the book the reader comes upon a fragment of Dixon’s unpublished novel. This extract, combined with Dixon’s spectacularly misguided appraisal of the recently published Wuthering Heights, might lead the reader to incline more towards his proficiency as a journalist than as a novelist. (PJ Matthews)
One of the Hillary Clinton's emails released recently contains a Brontë reference, do you remember the Heathcliffgate? In the London Evening Star:
In April 2010, he [Sidney Blumenthal ] told his Democrat friend: “Clegg is a Tony stand-in love object, Cameron a pretender. Alas, poor Gordon, Heathcliff, unloved, unlovable, suffering.”
Keighley News reports the arrival of the two watercolours that were bought at a recent Sotheby's auction:
Two of Charlotte Brontë’s watercolours have been delivered to the Brontë Parsonage Museum ready for display next year.
The Brontë Society, which runs the Haworth museum, bought the paintings in July during an auction at Sotheby’s.
Experts have attributed both pictures to Charlotte, the writer of classic novel Jane Eyre and the eldest of the tragic Brontë sisters.
The parsonage this week tweeted a picture of the watercolours on a desk at the museum, and said they will be handed to conservation staff so they can be prepared for display in 2016.
One watercolour is a study of a white carnation, and the other depicts a convolvulus, a crocus and an aster.  (...)
“We look forward to putting them on display in the Parsonage as part of Charlotte Brontë’s bicentenary celebrations next year.”
The Brontë Society has also announced a major conference in Manchester as part of its celebrations for Charlotte’s 200th birthday.
The event, at the Midland Hotel from August 19 to 21, will focus on the issue that most concerned Charlotte herself – the position of women in the mid-19th century.
Speakers, who include famous feminist Professor Germaine Greer, will address the subject from many different angles,
Other speakers include Prof Sally Shuttleworth, an expert on the medical and mental problems of women in the early Victorian era; Claire Harman, noted author of the new biography Charlotte Brontë, A Life; and Prof Christine Alexander, who is currently working on the first new scholarly edition of Jane Eyre in more than 40 years. (David Knights)
Sitepoint discusses the Google change of logo:
To me, the update to a sans-serif typeface seems to make more sense. Their former serif font — particularly that ‘reading-spectacles g’ — always had an older, bookish feel of romance novels and Brontë sisters. The new geometric sans-serif is much more of a happy engineer’s construction. (Alex Walker)
Check out this Art in Yorkshire video on Diane Howse's The Silent Wild exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage.


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