Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:22 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
Brontë mentions from the Trump era. Central Maine discusses the words “nevertheless, she persisted”:
Women and their allies gathered not only in Washington, but around the country and the world on Jan. 21. It was an amazing, and heartening, spectacle.
We now have a new slogan, thanks to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky. When he shut down Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on the floor of that august body after warning her to desist, he said: “Nevertheless, she persisted.” In doing what? Why, in reading a letter that Coretta Scott King wrote in 1986, in which Mrs. King asked that the Senate reject the nomination of Jeff Sessions of Alabama to a federal judgeship. “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters,” King wrote of Sessions’ tenure as a federal prosecutor.
Warren was trying to read that letter while arguing against the appointment of Sessions, a U.S. senator, to President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.
Now, there is a rule, which is erratically applied, that prevents senators from disparaging their fellows. However, Sessions was under consideration for the post of attorney general, and the letter from Mrs. King could not even be considered a harangue.
McConnell’s heavy-handedness backfired. Warren immediately became even more of a heroine to those of us on the left than she already was. McConnell’s complaint that “nevertheless, she persisted” sounds like something Charlotte Brontë would have written. Nevertheless, it has transcended the centuries and now can be found on T-shirts with an image of Rosie the Riveter. (Liz Soares)
While Global Times (China) features Tiffany Trump's Chinese fashion designer Tao Wang.
In designing dresses like the above mentioned one Tiffany has worn, Wang said she is indebted to late 18th and 19th century fashion style recorded in classics like Wuthering Heights
El País (Spain) features actress Ariadna Gil, who will play Jane Eyre on stage in Barcelona starting next week.
Ariadna Gil llega de Madrid al Teatre Lliure de Barcelona con la maleta a cuestas e in a hurry, como dicen los ingleses, apurada. Es imposible no pensar en Jane Eyre arribando a Thornfield Hall después de un penoso viaje en diligencia o en la propia Charlotte Brontë, su creadora, regresando al hogar de la familia en la casa parroquial de Haworth tras una temporada dura en la escuela de Cowan Bridge, donde pillaron la tuberculosis que las mató sus dos hermanas mayores, Maria y Elizabeth. Y es que cuando sabes que Gil (Barcelona, 1969) encarna a la protagonista de la famosa novela de Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre en el teatro, toda ella parece rodearse de la atmósfera de las obras y la vida de la familia.
La actriz, afortunadamente, disuelve todo su cansancio con un vaso de agua en el bar del teatro y se pone a hablar entusiasmada del montaje que protagoniza, Jane Eyre, una autobiografía, adaptación de la novela a cargo de Anna Maria Ricart y que dirige Carme Portaceli. El espectáculo, en catalán, de dos horas de duración, cuenta con Abel Folk en el papel del byroniano y atormentado Mr. Rochester (al que han dado vida en el cine, y no es por presionar, actores como Orson Welles, George C. Scott, William Hurt y Michael Fassbendser ) y se estrena el próximo día 23 en el Lliure de Gràcia. Gil y Folk -uno apenas puede esperar a ver la química que desarrollan en escena- interpretan sus papeles tras caerse del cartel por razones personales los dos protagonistas anunciados que eran Clara Segura y Ramón Madaula.
“No había leído hasta ahora Jane Eyre”, confiesa Ariadna Gil, “pero recuerdo vivamente lo bien que lo pasé leyendo la novela de su hermana Emily Cumbres borrascosas. Había visto algunas versiones cinematográficas de la novela de Charlotte, eso sí. La gran incógnita es que tal quedará Jane Eyre, una obra tan intensa, con tanta presencia de la naturaleza, tantos personajes, tanto paso del tiempo, adaptada al teatro”. [...]
Gil está fascinada con las Brontë y el caldo de cultivo intelectual y artístico de la familia. “Las tres hermanas, Charlotte, Emily y Anne son tan brillantes, me impresiona su inspiración y su imaginación, esa capacidad de explicar sentimientos por parte de mujeres que casi no se habían movido de casa. Todo eso y la avidez de literatura y libros está también en el personaje de Jane”. La actriz destaca en el personaje “su fortaleza, su inteligencia, su integridad y fidelidad a sus principios en cualquier situación, sin transigir nunca. Ves a esa chica que ha sido despreciada, maltratada, atormentada, abusada, pero que se alza una y otra vez. Y nunca se autocompadece, ni se rinde a la tristeza, sino que sigue adelante, siempre activa, con un instinto bestial de supervivencia”.
Gil subraya que, además, Jane Eyre es una gran historia de amor. “Cuando se enamora, Jane lo vive con una intensidad enorme, aunque parezca algo imposible de consumar”. ¿Siente una conexión personal ella, Ariadna, con el personaje? “Sí. He conectado mucho y deprisa con Jane. Por sensibilidad. Me emociona y me toca. He entendido muchas cosas de ella. Ese instinto de superación. No digo que se parezca mi vida a la suya, pero hay algo”. [...]
“La función va desde el principio de la novela al final, y en orden”, apunta Gil, “con alguna sorpresa, eso sí, como la introducción de material de la novela de Jean Rhys Ancho mar de los sargazos (1939), una especie de precuela de Jane Eyre, protagonizada por la mujer criolla loca de Edward Rochester y que interpreta Gabriela Flores”. Los personajes no visten de época y algunos de los actores interpretan a más de uno. El espectáculo cuenta con música en directo (piano y chelo) a cargo de dos intérpretes que se incorporan a la acción. (Jacinto Antón) (Translation)
PopSugar interviews YA writer Nina LaCour about her latest novel, We Are Okay.
PS: I wanted to also chat about Jane Eyre. It's mentioned throughout the book and the book ends with Marin and Mabel watching the film adaptation together. Do you see similarities between the stories? NL: Well, I used to teach Gothic literature and Jane Eyre was a staple of my class. I was really interested in the idea of ghosts. Jane Eyre is so interesting in that I like how it walks this line on supernatural events. Are they supernatural events or are they all imagined or manifested by the emotional journey that Jane is on? I found that to be a really compelling question for Marin, too. She is really by haunted her grandfather, though not in a literal way. To me, Marin is the kind of character who just runs all the time, before this big tragedy happened in her life. I thought of her as the kind of teenager who would really enjoy Jane Eyre and be drawn to the melancholy of it. Then, she endures this horrible loss and becomes a true orphan, like Jane, and the book then resonates with her in a way that's not as comfortable as it was when she was in her sunny apartment with Gramps. (Kelsey Garcia)
The Age (Australia) chats to Bobby Elliott from the music band The Hollies.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010
"I've got my Hall of Fame statue," Elliott says. "It's in the downstairs loo at my home on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors – Wuthering Heights country, near where the Brontes lived." (Steve Meacham)
Speaking of which, this is what Cinevue says in a review of the film God's Own Country.
The rolling hills and haunting mist of the Yorkshire Dales makes feel like they were written for the screen by Emily Brontë. (Patrick Gamble)
The Bookish Reader posts about Jane Eyre., On the Brussels Brontë Blog, Eric Ruijssenaars discusses the translations of the devoirs.

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