Friday, February 19, 2016

Keighley News looks at local forthcoming events connected to Brontë 200.
Three separate events are being held each month, Thursday late openings, Tuesday afternoon talks and Parsonage Unwrapped evenings.
The late openings begin tonight (February 18) when we show what a magical place the Parsonage is after hours.
People can experience the historic rooms with their friends, families or as part of a larger group until 8pm, also on March 17, April 21, May 19 and June 16. [...]
Meanwhile, Parsonage Unwrapped allows visitors to delve deeper into the museum and its collection. Places are limited, so early booking is advised: in fact the March event, The Darker Side Of Life In Haworth, is already sold out.
There are a few places left for the February 26 event at 7.30pm, when we will look at love and courtship in the life of Charlotte.
This will celebrate the fact that on February 26 1839, Charlotte received a proposal of marriage from Henry Nussey, brother of her friend Ellen.
Our Parsonage Unwrapped evening on April 29 is entitled Celebrating Charlotte, and features a special tour of the Brontë Parsonage Museum focussing on Charlotte.
The May 27 event is entitled Playing House Detectives, and will be hosted by a member of our collections team will reveal a different side to life in the parsonage.
The guided tour will help visitors uncover the clues hidden in the historic parts of the house and reveal what it would have been like in the Brontës’ time. [...]
There will be special talks by Brontë experts at 2pm on the first Tuesday of each month, free payment of normal museum admission.
We Are Three Sisters, on March 1, is a talk about Charlotte Brontë’s complex and creative relationship with her sisters.
My Dear Master, on April 5, is a talk about Charlotte Brontë’s passionate attachment to her teacher in Brussels, Monsieur Heger.
To Be Forever Known, on May 3, will centre on Charlotte Brontë and her sometimes contradictory attitude to fame.
Uncovering Brontë Country, on June 7, is a talk focusing on northern locations that feature in the writing of Charlotte Brontë.
We will as usual take part in the national Museums At Night festival, beginning on May 12 with Charlotte Undressed, a ticketed event allowing a chance for people to view rarely-displayed pieces from Charlotte Brontë’s wardrobe in our library with a member of our collections team. (David Knights)
The Tablet suggests readers take a trip to Haworth.
Visit Haworth, and your encounter with the Brontës begins long before you enter the parsonage. It starts with the sharp wind that nibbles your face and fingers in the car park; it continues with the watery sunshine shimmering on the front of the building where Charlotte and her siblings Emily, Anne and Branwell were raised, the vicar’s children. Because on this hillside, as exposed now as it was in the 1800s when the family lived there, the weather changed everything.
No wonder Jane Eyre’s opening is all about the weather: “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day … the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further outdoor exercise was now out of the question.”
Walking the paths the Brontës walked, seeing the house they inhabited, feeling the Yorkshire weather that ruled their life: all this has long been part of the Haworth experience. But as the 200th anniversary of Charlotte’s birth in April approaches, the parsonage has unveiled a new exhibition (to January 2017) on her life; and what is most impressive is how alive and contemporary and relevant the house/museum still feels. (Joanna Moorhead)
It would be interesting to see Charlotte's reaction to having a Catholic magazine invite Catholics to her home.

Keighley News also tells a bit more about the recent application for replacement windows at the Brontë Parsonage.
A design statement accompanying the application for the Grade I listed building explains none of the windows that need replacing are original features of the historic property.
It also notes the windows currently in place are all in poor condition and suffering from wet rot damage, adding: "The design of the replacement windows will comply with local authority conservation department requirements for this property." (Miran Rahman)
Columnist Arifa Akbar wonders about her bookshelf's sex in The Independent and says something in passing that we could have guessed judging from the amount of Brontë mentions in her articles.
My shelves might be classed as female because there are a lot of books by women on them, and my obsession with the Brontës – how female! – means that there is more than one version of their complete novels, but doesn’t the fact that I love Philip Roth almost as much count against their femaleness?
More bookish love in Impact:
It cannot be denied; there is something inherently romantic about the idea of sitting outside the Trent Building in the sunshine with a latte and a copy of Jane Eyre. (Lizzie Robinson)
Los Angeles Magazine wants Tom Hardy to be considered a leading man rather than a supporting actor.
In yet another British translation of Wuthering Heights (adapted to film, television, and stage nearly 20 times in the past century), Hardy may be the only actor to fully understand one of the most complex and towering figures in literature, Emily Brontë’s raging Heathcliff, notwithstanding more clueless interpretations by more famous names such as Laurence Olivier. (Steve Erickson)
In spite of the above, Buenos Aires Herald thinks the film The Danish Girl is not William Wyler's Wuthering Heights.
Actually, we are talking about melodrama rather than arid drama, which by definition is not necessarily a bad choice for this type of material — just remember Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s harrowing In a Year with 13 Moons (1978), which follows the last days in the life of a struggling transsexual. Of course, Hooper is no Fassbinder, but we already knew that. But the kind of melodrama The Danish Girl goes for is very minor: predictable Hollywood stuff with a shallow approach always afraid to provoke stirring emotions and contradictory feelings in viewers. Once again, we are not talking about, say, William Wyler’s Wuthering Heights (1939) — not by a long shot. (Pablo Suárez)
The Roanoke Times recommends Catherine Lowell's The Woman Upstairs and invites readers to vote for their favourite Brontë novel. Librópatas (Spain) is watching Jane Eyre 1934 and finding it pretty appalling. Jezebel mentions Jane Eyre in an article following the New Yorker’s Page Turner post on “The Ideal Marriage, According to Novels.”


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