Monday, March 21, 2016

Several alerts for today, March 21st, on BBC Radio:
BBC Radio 2, March 21, 14:00
Steve Wright in the Afternoon
Lucy Mangan, Lee Ingleby and Vassos Alexander

Steve and the team discuss the Brontë sisters with Lucy Mangan, Lee Ingleby talks about new BBC drama The A Word and Vassos from the Breakfast Show chats about his love of running. Plus there's more Factoids, the Non-Stop Oldies and the latest entertainment and lifestyle news.
BBC Radio 4 Extra. March 21, 13:30
Lucifer Matches. The Letters of Charlotte Brontë

4 Extra Debut. In her correspondence, Jane Eyre's creator rarely minced her words - as Brontë's biographer, Juliet Barker, reveals. From February 1998.
The New York Post reviews Claire Harman's biography but mainly retells the Brontë story:
The most exciting among the new titles is “Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart” by award-winning biographer Claire Harman, who bases her book on letters previously unavailable to Brontë biographers (erm?). Through them, Harmon (sic) reveals a heroine that is as courageous and complex as the famous character Charlotte penned, Jane Eyre.(Joselin Linder)
The Seattle Times reviews The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson:
When Beatrice Nash arrives in Rye, a picturesque seaside town in Sussex, she follows a path many previous heroines of English literature have traveled since the Brontë sisters put pen to paper. (...)
The Summer Before the War,” Helen Simonson’s follow-up to her best-seller “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” follows a familiar Austen-Brontës-Eliot arc as it traces Beatrice’s challenges (and budding romance) in 1914, when class differences and male dominance were still pillars of British society. (Misha Berson)
International Business Times lists several spring quotes, like this one from Jane Eyre:
"Spring drew on ... and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night and left each morning brighter traces of her steps." — Charlotte Brontë (Maria Vultaggio)
This columnist of The News & Observer loves comics:
I majored in English in college, and I’ve read and loved “Jane Eyre” and “Anna Karenina” and “1984,” but there’s something uniquely appealing about comic books. The compact stories delivered in installments run contrary to my new binge-watching ways and harken back to a time of patience – patience between episodes of “Superman: The Animated Series,” patience for a new Harry Potter book. (Samantha McCormick)

Večernje novosti (Serbia) talks about the National Portrait Gallery Charlotte Brontë exhibition:
OBELEŽAVAJUĆI 200 godina od rođenja najstarije sestre iz čuvene spisateljske porodice Bronte - Šarlote (21. april 1816. - 31. mart 1855) Nacionalna galerija portreta u Londonu organizovala je postavku njenih ličnih predmeta, portreta i rukopisa. Među eksponatima, uz njene platnene cipele i čuvenu "malu knjigu", koju je kao devojčica pisala sa sestrama Emili i En, posebnu pažnju privlači i uljana slika, delo njihovog brata Branvela. Ovaj grupni portret, na kom su sve tri Bronteove, baca novo svetlo na nesreću koja je pratila ovu porodicu. (Read more) (Miljana Kralj)
An alert from Udine (Italy):
Associazione Civica Accademia D'Arte Drammatica "Nico Pepe"
Calendidonna 2016 - March 21, 18 h
Single o zitelle? Signorine senza marito da Jane Eyre a Bridget Jones
a cura di Paola Bonesi con gli allievi della Civica Accademia d'Arte Drammatica Nico Pepe

Consultando materiali diversi ho scoperto che la costruzione letteraria del personaggio della zitella risale sicuramente all’ottocento. Mai come in quell’epoca si sono inventati tanti discorsi sulla sua fisiologia (segaligna, rinsecchita, addirittura gobba), sul carattere (saccente, acida, rancorosa, frustrata, repressa) e sulla sua vita sociale (maestrina, sartina, beghina e chi più ne ha più ne metta). Così mi è venuta voglia di costruire una piccola galleria di “zitelle di carta” a partire dal XVII secolo a oggi. Da quelle tristi, come la zia Severina di Neera, alla Ferula de “La casa degli spiriti” dell’Allende o alla mite Signorina Felicita di Guido Gozzano. Accanto a loro quelle che invece si discostano dallo stereotipo, come la battagliera Patricia Brent di Jenkins o della più nota Jo di Mary Alcott, fino alla placida e argutissima Miss Marple di Agatha Christie. Una piccola folla di istitutrici (come l’inarrivabile Jane Eyre della Brontë), di merlettaie, di impiegate e macellaie, cucite  insieme a musica e immagini, per raccontare una condizione che nei secoli ha subito diverse definizioni, “zitelle”, “singles” fino all’odierno “spinsters”, ma che è ancora lontana all’essere considerata una categoria dello spirito. Credo che le donne meritino la libertà di vivere una vita tutta per sé, senza per questo sentirsi strane o a metà.
The Ilkley Literature Festival blogThe World of my Green Heart and The Sisters' Room (in Italian) cover visits the Parsonage; Pam Reader reviews Jane Steele; AnneBrontë.org posts about Anne Brontë and the Robinson girls.

1 comment:

  1. "Lucifer matches"

    Nice to see Rev. Nicholls get some credit for creativity!
    lol

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