Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017 10:40 am by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
It's the day before Valentine's Day, so you know what to expect. Impact discusses the '5 Best Romantic Quotes' which include
2) “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same”- Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
A very famous quote from an incredibly famous romantic novel. Obviously a classic needed to be included in the list! Bronte’s classic is a constant cycle of ups and downs (mainly downs) between the two protagonists Cathy and Heathcliff that presents the tough side of love forbidden by wider social factors.
This quote is my personal favourite and is the most heartfelt line uttered in the entire novel. The closeness between Cathy and Heathcliff is obviously noted throughout the novel but this quote epitomizes it. As a romantic quote, it causes us to question whether our lovers should be part of ourselves. I love this quote because, having studied Wuthering Heights at sixth form, found myself feeling such a range of emotions about the constant rollercoaster of love that Brontë takes you on, but this quote brings you down to earth as a reminder of just how intense the relationship between Heathcliff and Cathy is. (Michelle Williams)
American-Statesman asked readers to share their favourite love stories:
Nora Sheppard Estlund: In “Jane Eyre,” Charlotte Brontë spins a tale about a girl in an orphanage who becomes the governess of Thornfield and meets the brooding owner, Edward Rochester. Love ensues. Heartache, fires, wife in attic, and blindness also follow, but the story has a happy ending. What’s not to love?
On Delaware Public Media (audio also available), John Sutherland looked for the most accurate representation of Mr Darcy.
Of course, the thing is that we all imagine our own Darcy, just as we all imagine the person that we first fell in love with. So when you ask which is my - you know, being my age, which is Methuselian (ph), I think of the first version of "Pride And Prejudice" I saw, which was the Laurence Olivier version. And he's very haughty and very proud but Heathcliff-ian (ph), too.
The Guardian reviews the film Viceroy's House, which is
about the intrigue and gossip of the Viceroy’s House itself, the imperial seat of administration in Delhi and its microcosmic symbolism for the country as a whole. As the split dawns, the house and its contents are to be divided between the new states of India and Pakistan, including the silverware and the books in the library – India and Pakistan quarrel about who gets Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austen. (Peter Bradshaw)
The Conversation discusses 'how sex in literature went mainstream' mentioning a couple of erotic novels inspired/based on Jane Eyre.
Inspired by the success of Fifty Shades, they include explicit sexual content, and have titles such as Pride and Penetration and Jane Eyrotica.
In Eve Sinclair’s Jane Eyre Laid Bare, Jane is a sexually curious bisexual who, as in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847), falls for the dark and mysterious Rochester (another character who is clearly a precursor to Christian Grey).
Humour in the novel adds lightness to the topic of both the Victorians (traditionally viewed as earnest) and sex: the sex-on-horseback-in-the-rain scene, partly because it draws on the phrase “dear reader,” is sure to elicit chuckles and thrills from many readers familiar with the original novel.
Whereas Brontë had famously written, “Reader, I married him. A quiet wedding we had: he and I, the parson and clerk, were alone present,” Sinclair writes, “And with that, dear reader, he cupped his strong hands beneath my buttocks and raised me, as though I weighed no more than a bird, and simultaneously employed his fingertips to sweep my undergarments aside,” etc.
Jane Eyre Laid Bare includes scenes of queer sex, though the novel is mostly aimed at a straight female readership. (Duc Dau)
Zing (Vietnam) features a Vietnamese translation of Wuthering Heights while The Chronicle of Higher Education lists some 'legendary critical misfires', including a quote from a review of the novel. Carrots for Michaelmas sorts Jane Eyre characters into Hogwarts Houses (from Harry Potter). Nick Holland posts about 'Ellen Nussey And The Legacy Of The Brontës' on AnneBrontë.org.


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