Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 7:56 am by Cristina in , , , , , , ,    No comments
The Stage reviews the production of Wuthering Heights at Ambassadors Theatre in London, giving it 3 stars out of 5.
The stage resembles a gaping grave. Stephanie Street’s adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel – one of three productions making up the National Youth Theatre’s autumn rep season – is as steeped in death as it is charged with life and love. From the beginning, all three are very much intertwined.
Street’s is a free and frank take on the text, pared down and suitably intense. In Emily Lim’s atmospheric modern production, wreathed in plastic sheeting, the characters of Heathcliff and Cathy are played by a series of different actors. Gavi Singh Chera and Francene Turner act as our narrators, telling their story in flashback from Cathy’s final resting place, their souls still hopelessly entangled.
Cathy and Heathcliff go through four other incarnations over the course of the production. This decision to fragment their roles feels like a practical response to the size of the NYT rep company as well as a way of exploring the mercurial nature of these two characters, the changing temperature of their relationship.
But while this decision is entirely understandable, it does at times make it difficult to engage fully with their plight. The switches come all too swiftly, and while Luke Pierre and Megan Parkinson’s performances feel the most shaded and whole, others make less of an impact. (Natasha Tripney)
Bustle has compiled a list of books that Margaret Atwood has mentioned at some point or other as meaningful to her. The blunder, though, is not Atwood's!
Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Brontë
Atwood has often mentioned Wuthering Heights as a book that she held dear in high school and as a book with a great story. She’s even admitted to having had a bit of a (misguided) thing for Heathcliff (and of course Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy) back in those high school days. (Crystal Paul)
Diario Córdoba (Spain) announces the launch party later today of Lucy García's All Hallows at Eyre Hall, the first of Jane Eyre-based trilogy.
Hoy, a las 20.30 horas, se presenta en la librería La República de las Letras la obra All Hallows at Eyre Hall , de la escritora inglesa Lucy García, afincada en Córdoba desde hace más de treinta años. La autora utiliza el pseudónimo Luccia Gray (un anagrama de su nombre) para escribir novelas históricas ambientadas en la Inglaterra del siglo XIX.
All Hallows at Eyre Hall es la primera novela de una saga familiar, The Eyre Hall Trilogy , una trilogía ambientada en la Inglaterra victoriana. Incluye elementos de la novela gótica decimonónica como la ambientación en una mansión aislada en el campo (Eyre Hall), así como el suspense, el misterio, elementos sobrenaturales y romance. Está inspirada en la novela Jane Eyre , de Charlotte Brontë, y la precuela Ancho Mar de los Sargazos , de Jean Rhys. Narra los secretos y entresijos de la familia Eyre-Rochester tras veinte años de matrimonio. El lector encontrará algunos de los personajes originales de Jane Eyre , y otros nuevos, que protagonizarán una emocionante historia llena de intriga. (Translation)
Another Spanish writer, Carla Crespo, mentions her literary influences in an interview by Diario Información.
¿Quiénes son sus referentes literarios?
Charlotte Brontë, J. R. Tolkien, Carmen Martín Gaite, Marian Keyes y Laura Gallego son, cada uno dentro de su género literario, de mis autores favoritos. (Begoña Jorques) (Translation)
'Life-changing' blonde hair is discussed by Naomi Wolf in Cosmopolitan:
For young women intellectuals, it seemed a bit easier to be taken seriously if you were dark-haired. The stereotypes were not fair, but there they were. Joan Didion (blonde) had a tougher time being seen as a heavyweight thinker than did Susan Sontag (dark, cool gray streak). Joan Baez (dark) was treated as being a more important performer than was Joni Mitchell (blonde).
Those oppositions were everywhere. In college, I wrote about the endless dualism of these types in women's literature: dark-haired, perceptive Lucy Snowe, in Charlotte Brontë's Villette, versus blonde, superficial Ginevra Fanshawe. And note the Disney heroines: dark-haired Snow White (duty, housework, domestic service to seven dwarves) versus blonde Sleeping Beauty (kissing, adoration from princes, awakening to love).
Yet Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre is a brunette (who's often depicted as blonde in recent adaptations).

Dave Astor also mentions Villette in a post on 'Kid to Post-Kid' literature. The Brussels Brontë Blog reports a recent talk to the group by writer Tessa Hadley. Erin Newcomb posts on The Next Page about ‘The Unmapped Sea’, Jane Eyre, and Reading Revisions.


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