Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:14 am by Cristina in , ,    No comments
Salon talks to author Therese Oneill about her book Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners.
Why did you choose to focus your first book on the lives of Victorian women, especially relatively privileged ones? The privileged ones are the ones who get the movies made about them and the books about them: Austen, Jane Eyre, the Brontë sisters. They are the ones that women, at least white women, Western women, tend to fantasize that they are. So I figured that was the fantasy that needed the piss taken out of it.
I like to think of it like puzzle pieces missing. You have this great, awesome puzzle, but you get it all done — all 2,000 pieces — except you are missing part of the cat’s fur and the duck’s bill and stuff. And I wanted my job to be digging in the sofa cushions and find the parts that Grandma lost and put them back in and try to fill in those gaps. Because this stuff didn’t get written down much, and it’s part of history and it interconnects everything else together. (Amanda Marcotte)
(Except for the fact that Jane Austen died 20 years before Queen Victoria was crowned queen. Actually, she died even before Queen Victoria was born!)

The Washington Post features Lynn Povich and her book The Good Girls Revolt,which is about the lawsuit filed in the 1970s by her and fellow women employees of Newsweek against the magazine.
As a result of the pressure brought to bear by the lawsuits, they also got to participate in writer training programs, although some women were still so insecure after years of being second-tier staffers that they would turn in their work for review under pseudonyms.
Lucy Howard became Emily Brontë.
But she would leave Brontë behind. Howard went on to have a 39-year career at Newsweek, serving in the Washington bureau and eventually being promoted to senior writer.
Might the transformation of a good girl who hid behind the name of a 19th-century novelist to “Lucy Howard, senior writer,” have happened without a lawsuit concocted in a ladies’ bathroom?
Howard has no doubt about the answer to that question: “No way in the world.” (Manuel Roig-Franzia)
Push Square reviews the video game Farming Simulator 17 in which apparently,
Working through the evening only for the sun to rise on a misty morning will make you feel all Wuthering Heights. (Sammy Barker)
Writer Cassandra Parkin sounds like a Brontëite in this interview by Linda's Book Bag. The Daily Geekette recommends Wuthering Heights 1992 as a Halloween film. Bookmarked posts about the original novel. Readers Lane reviews briefly 10 retellings of Jane Eyre.


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