Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Over60 recommends some lesser-known books by well-known authors:
Villette by Charlotte Brontë
The talented Brontë sisters produced some iconic novels, but perhaps the most beloved is Charlotte’s Jane Eyre. However, did you know that many consider her fourth novel Villette to be even better? The novel follows a young girl who travels to the fictional French town of Villette to teach at a school and finds herself wrapped up in adventure and romance. (Georgia Dixon)
Adventure and Romance? Well...

Today's The Times Daily Quiz contains a Brontë-related question:
4 Mr Lockwood and Ellen “Nelly” Dean are the main narrators of which novel? (Olav Bjortomt)
NME looks for the best Yorkshire band ever:

Yorkshire: God’s Own Country, the third best place to visit in the world according to travel guide types Lonely Planet. It gave the world the Brontë sisters, Kevin Keegan, Yorkshire Gold tea, the mighty Yorkshire pudding, Wensleydale cheese, Alan Bennett and some of the greatest bands that the world has ever known. (Leone Cooper)
Financial Times has a chronicle of the Womad Festival:
The Anchoress crystallised the whole history of Gothic dream pop in a clever concept set about a romance novelist. Her delivery, from the piano, was half Wuthering Heights, half “Wuthering Heights”, a mix that doomed her to being besieged by Tori Amos fans. (Pat Thomas)
The Jewish Chronicle follows Barry Bloomfield trekking around the UK:
Nearing the end of the trek, Mr Bloomfield is keen to get involved in his business once again. "And I've promised myself I'll be home to see the Olympics."
A special memory of the walk was "going through Wuthering Heights country - very dramatic. (Charlotte Oliver)
Nick Gibb MP on his July 1st address to the Debating Matters competition finalists made the following remark:
Year 10 pupils are currently half way through being taught the new English literature GCSE. The texts that exam boards are offering for the new GCSE show a rich and rewarding span of literature old and new, from ‘Animal Farm’ to ‘Anita and Me’, Charlotte Brontë to Kazuo Ishiguro. In 2010, 90% of pupils studying for an English literature GCSE with 1 exam board read, as their only text, the same short novella - no prizes for guessing which one. Such narrowing of the GCSE curriculum is no longer possible.
Bollywood Life is discussing new Indian TV series:
Kumkum Bhagya has similarities to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice while some said that Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi was also inspired by Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.
A call for papers for an upcoming symposium. Fabula reports:
A Room of One’s Own: female apprenticeship
International and multidisciplinary colloquium
Université de Haute-Alsace
Institut de Recherche en Langues et Littératures Européennes (ILLE - EA 4363)
Mulhouse, 9-10 February 2017

The aim of this symposium is to address the topic of female apprenticeship according to the different disciplines that it may be the subject of, namely literature, history and art history, as well as law, linguistics, gender studies and the sciences of education. The colloquium joins the project Médias au féminin managed by Greta Komur-Thilloy (Université de Haute-Rhin) and Hélène Barthelmebs (Université Paul Valéry).
The starting point is Virginia Woolf, taken as symbol for her engagement in the women’s issue, becauses he deals with the female position and the education in the society. Her militant work describes the struggle of women for their independence in order to obtain a social recognition. Like her work, this essay will offer an overview of the literary history of women, which they could reassert their cultural role. In this light, female apprenticeship is considered as an intellectual form ation,because of its demand for a desire from women to develop intellectually and artistically as men do.
Literature is thus the starting point of this research, because it devotes a privileged space to the apprenticeship, namely the genre of the female coming-of-age novel. Even if a certain attitude of the formation of the female psychology has already been presented in Pamela by Richardson, the female coming-of-ages novel later developed through the work of Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre.
Respublika (Lithuania) interviews the TV presenter Bernadetos Lukošiūtės:

O ar jūs turite vaikystės laikų mėgstamą pasaką, knygą?
- Kai aš augau, mes labai daug žaidėme. Mes pačios nusipiešdavome lėles, nes neturėjome nieko prašmatnaus. Tikrai labai daug žaisdavome, o skaitymas mano gyvenime atsirado gana vėlai. Pirmieji skaitymai buvo Tomo Main Rido knygos, aišku, „Tomo Sojerio nuotykiai“, „Heklberio Fino nuotykiai“. Paskui, kai buvau paauglė, atsirado Emili Brontė (Emily Brontë), prisimenu, kaip skaičiau „Vėtrų kalną“. (Eglė Jouzénaité) (Translation)
La Nación (Argentina) talks about the novel Si el amor es una isla by Esther Sanz:
La autora, se vale de clásicos literarios en los que sobrevuelan Jane Eyre, de Charlotte Brontë; Barba Azul, de Charles Perrault; la novela gótica El fantasma de la ópera, de Gaston Leroux, el cuento de hadas "La bella y la bestia" y hasta "Zobeida", uno de los relatos de Las ciudades invisibles, de Italo Calvino. (Fabiana Scherer)(Translation)
Horncastle News welcomes the performances of the ChapterHouse Theatre Wuthering Heights production in The Petwood Hotel at Woodhall Spa. The Sisters' Room discusses the analogies between Wuthering Heights and Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. On the same blog there is a brief account of a visit to the Celebrating Charlotte exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Sleeping Frogs reviews Villette. Rustis y Mustis leen (in Spanish) posts about Agnes Grey.


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