Monday, August 15, 2016

Edinburgh Guide reviews the Jane Eyre. An autobiography performances at the Edinburgh Fringe. A five out of five stars review:
As a narrator of her own autobiography, Rebecca Vaughan plays Jane throughout as an adult, reminiscing her childhood, school and friendship with Helen Burns – captured in evocative flashbacks. She studies hard to ensure an independent life and career as a governess, gaining employment at Thornfield Hall. (...)
Intimate scenes are dramatised with atmospheric sound and lighting from a sunlit garden to a candlelit dining room with shimmering shadows on the back wall. Dinner bells and chiming clocks create a steady, timely pace day by day with the silence of the night broken by terrifying screams which chill the blood.
This is a deftly distilled adaptation by Elton Townend Jones of Brontë's Gothic tale of mystery and romance. Jane Eyre and all the characters are brought to life with subtle nuance, virtuosity and heartfelt passion by Rebecca Vaughan. A cast of ten actors could not have created a more powerful or emotional production. (Vivien Devlin)
The Brontë Society Bicentenary Conference will be held at the end of the week in Manchester (August 19-21). One of the speakers will be Sarah Fanning, professor at the Mount Allison University (Canada). CBC talks about her trajectory and scholar work:
Sarah Fanning first picked up Wuthering Heights when she was 14 years old.
She wasn't able to understand much of it at that point, but tried again a few years later.
That's when the Mount Allison University professor's fascination with the 19th-century literary family began.
"I've been so passionate about [the Brontës] for such a long time," said Fanning.
The New Brunswick academic is one of 13 people from around the world who have been invited to speak at an international conference in Manchester, England celebrating the Brontës next week.
Fanning heard about the Brontë Society's conference last year when she was researching in Howarth, England, the home of the Brontë family.
But Fanning was pretty surprised when she found out she would be presenting at the conference.
"I think I screamed a little bit," said Fanning, with a laugh. (...)
Fanning's talk will focus on the depiction of Jane Eyre in three film adaptations of Charlotte Brontë's most famous work, spanning from 1940s to the early 21st century.
"My argument is the films are portraying what's going on in their own culture on gender, more than they are representing the nineteenth century," said Fanning.
Broadway World reviews the play Moonchild presented by We Make Theatre (Australia):
Patey and Waters have managed to fit in a lot of events into the 55 minute work allowing the audience to see how Moonchild's life is affected by her parents fighting, her beloved dog Mostoff going missing and a falling out with best friend Shannon. These events are focused around Moonchild's fascination with space, finding inspiration in Valentina Tereshkova's mission in orbit in 1963 which is a distinct contrast to her best friend's obsessions with boys and Wuthering Heights. (Jade Kops)
Keighley News reports the efforts done to save the Red House Museum from closure:
 A group fighting to keep open a museum with strong Bronte links has paid tribute to everyone who has supported the campaign.
The Friends of Red House museum said they had done everything possible to save the property, which is earmarked for closure in October.
The Grade II-listed 1830s cloth merchant's home was frequently visited by Charlotte Bronte.
And Haworth's legendary literary sibling featured Red House in her novel, Shirley.
Since Kirklees Council announced it proposed to close the Gomersal-based museum, protestors have signed a petition, completed a survey and written to the authority objecting.
Jacqueline Ryder, chairman of the Friends of Red House, said: "We thank everyone who has let the council know how strongly they feel that Red House should be kept open. (Alistair Shand)
On The Pool this week:
Caroline O'Donoghue is listening to ... Jane EyreLike a lot of people, I find it hard to catch up with classic novels. When you do most of your reading while commuting or before bed, it can be bloody difficult to settle into a slightly antiquated style of prose. That's why I find Audible absolutely brilliant. I'm currently listening to Thandie Newton read Jane Eyre and, honestly, it's such a thrilling, chilling, compulsive reading of the classic Brontë book. I read Jane Eyre as a teenager, and have seen countless adaptations since, but this version has really made the book come alive for me.
ಅವಧಿ (India) presents a new (the first one?) Kannadan translation of Jane Eyre:
ಶಾಲೆಟ್ ಬ್ರಾಂಟೆ ವಿರಚಿತ ಆಂಗ್ಲ ಭಾಷೆಯ ಅನನ್ಯ ಅಭಿಜಾತ ಕೃತಿ, ‘ಜೇನ್ ಏರ್ ‘, ಶ್ಯಾಮಲಾ ಮಾಧವ ಅವರ ಕನ್ನಡಾನುವಾದದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಡಿಬಂದು , ತೇಜು ಪ್ರಕಾಶನದಿಂದ ಪ್ರಕಟವಾಗಿ ಬೆಳಕು ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಇದೇ ತಿಂಗಳ 28, ರವಿವಾರ ಸಂಜೆ 5.30 ಕ್ಕೆ, ಜೆ.ಪಿ. ನಗರದ ಕಪ್ಪಣ್ಣ ಸಭಾಭವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೃತಿ ಲೋಕಾರ್ಪಣೆ. ಸಮಾರಂಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಕುವೆಂಪು ಭಾಷಾ ಭಾರತಿ ಪ್ರಾಧಿಕಾರದ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಡಾ. ಕೆ.ವಿ. ನಾರಾಯಣ ಹಾಗೂ ಜಯಂತ್ ಕಾಯ್ಕಿಣಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಎಸ್ . ದಿವಾಕರ್ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. (Translation)
El Diario Bogotano (Colombia) interviews the writer Evelio Rosero:
¿Cuál es el libro que más ha releído? (Santiago Jiménez)
De principio a fin, El Quijote, tres veces, en diferentes épocas de la vida: a los 14, a los 30, y a los 50 años. Y fueron lecturas muy distintas. Otras obras releo, pero en sus fragmentos más esenciales: La Odisea, Crimen y castigo, Madame Bovary, Cumbres borrascosas… (Translation)
 ...Sharp Elves Society... Jane Austen's Shadow Stories speculates about the origin of the Currer Bell 'anagrammed' penname: plain girl in crimson rose: Charlotte Bronte’s wickedly subversive anagrammed pen name, Currer Bell. Bird, Books and Coffee posts about Jane Eyre and some of its film adaptations; Forty-Two Thoughts is rereading the novel. Finally, AnneBronte.org has an article about the relationship between Anne Brontë and her Aunt Elizabeth.

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