Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel interviews KJ Sanchez on the upcoming Milwaukee Repertory Theater production of Polly Teale’s “Jane Eyre”:
“‘Jane Eyre’ was incredibly important to me as a teenaged girl,” Sanchez said, speaking by phone from Austin during a break in a new play festival at the University of Texas, where she is an associate professor.
“I was a geeky weird girl who didn’t know how to be charming and cute.  I was opinionated.  I couldn’t find my way, and all the heroines I was reading about were charming and beautiful.  Jane was a revolutionary who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind.  She gave me permission to be myself.” (...)
“We used clothes as close to the real clothes that would have then been worn as possible,” Sanchez said, of the costume design by Rachel Anne Healy.  “All of the actresses, for example, are wearing corsets.  We wanted to enclose women in clothing reflecting the confining expectations that they live and experience.” (...)
“We used clothes as close to the real clothes that would have then been worn as possible,” Sanchez said, of the costume design by Rachel Anne Healy.  “All of the actresses, for example, are wearing corsets.  We wanted to enclose women in clothing reflecting the confining expectations that they live and experience.” (...)
“If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed,” Brontë wrote in “Shirley,” a novel published two years after “Jane Eyre.”  Might Sanchez’s production free Jane to stand up and be fully herself?  Will we learn to see her as she really is?  Might the Jane Eyre we meet at the Rep teach us how to better read a great novel like “Jane Eyre”? (Mike Fischer)
Dorset Echo described like this the performances of We Are Brontë in Dorchester:
A madcap physical interpretation of the Brontë myth, taking the real and imaginary worlds of the Yorkshire siblings as inspiration, comes to the Corn Exchange in Dorchester tonight from 8pm.
We Are Brontë uses only a handful of props, with the two masterful performers deconstructing not only gothic themes of love, madness and revenge, but also themselves. Contact Dorchester Arts for tickets. 
Catherine Lowell, the author of The Madwoman Upstairs, posts in BOOKish vindicates Anne Brontë's legacy:
Growing up, Anne was the Brontë who intrigued me the most. She was a bona fide underdog, and I had a particular fondness for underdogs. As the youngest sibling in a family that produced two of the most storied writers in English literature, Anne was generally seen as the quiet, gentle sister. Her fictional protagonist, Agnes Grey, might as well have been speaking for Anne when she complained of being “regarded as the child, and the pet of the family.” And yet Anne was a gifted writer in her own right, with the characteristic Brontë bravery. Why had she been slighted by history?
I began studying Anne in a formal capacity when I started writing a novel about the Brontës several years ago. I spent time (too much) speculating about what Anne was really like, behind her tidy historical depictions—what kind of fiery woman might have been raging inside of her? Was this another Bertha Mason, trapped and struggling?
After poring over her life story, I did not find Bertha (to my disappointment), but I did come away with a deep appreciation for an author who was much stronger than people gave her credit for. Here are some of the reasons the youngest Brontë quickly became my favorite—the same reasons, perhaps, that she never made it big. (Read more)
No new developments in the Haworth visitor information threatened future according to The Telegraph & Argus:
Bradford Council has placed the future of its four visitor information centres under review, and consultants have recommended closing the offices in the tourist hotspots of Haworth, Saltaire and Ilkley, and only retaining the one in central Bradford.
A formal decision is due to be taken soon by Council bosses, but already community groups have been stepping in with plans to save their local tourist offices. (Claire Wilde)
Entertainment Weekly recaps the latest episode of The Blacklist:
She’s been thinking about how when Kathryn Nemec went to Canada to be the governess to a baby girl, she didn’t know things were about to go full-tilt Jane Eyre. How she didn’t know that 30 years later, committing her life to keeping that little girl safe would have turned into something much more sinister. (Jodi Walker)
Now for a complete (double) disaster. The Sheffield Star confuses an (r) with baffling consequences:
Main Street, in Harworth near Doncaster was surprisingly included alongside The Shambles in York and The Royal Mile as some of the prettiest in Britain.
A survey of 1,000 people in the UK, composed by the National Express, was conducted to uncover the nation's 15 most charming streets. However, the street near Doncaster which boasts a pub and a few shops, came in tenth place alongside Harbour Street in Whitstable. While South Yorkshire boasts a number of idyllic streets, the accolade may have come as somewhat of a shock for local residents. However, on Tuesday National Express released the list once again, but this time coming in at number 10 was Main Street in Haworth. (Dan Windham)
But the confusion gets bigger when the same newspaper publishes a couple of pictures of the two streets and decides that the best picture of Haworth's Main Street is this one: a country lane, almost a mile from the real Main Street. Come on, it's not so difficult.

The bluebell season always brings Emily Brontë to some newspaper or other. This time, the Eastern Daily Press:
Spring bluebells have inspired some of our greatest poets and writers. “The Bluebell is the sweetest flower,” wrote Emily Brontë. (Simon Parkin)
The actress Tannishtha Chatterjee writers in Outlook India about prejudices:
One day I was reading a survey about a premier educational institute in India and it reminded me of a famous quote from Charlotte Bronte: “Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.” The survey concludes that only some—not all—prejudices could be eradicated by education and discussions because most become a part of our identity and being. 
Catholic Stand briefly mentions Jane Eyre in an article:
Often in literature, you need to read between the lines: even though we’re over halfway through Jane Eyre before Mr. Rochester and Jane say they love each other, most readers have read that between the lines long before. (Fr. Matthew Schneider)
The Brontës are mentioned in this article about the Festival Internacional Cinematográfico de Montevideo in Brecha (in Spanish), discussing A Quiet Passion. Diario Español de la República Constitucional (Spain) has an article about Funeral y Pasacalle by Francisco Nieva:
Pero el héroe es Grandío (para algunos), no Ermelina (para mí). Él es quien incurre en la Hamartía trágica al presentarse como lo que en realidad es, un gitano romántico (vid. v. gr. un precedente en Cumbres Borrascosas, de la tonante Emile (sic) Brontë ) , y quien, a consecuencia de la anagnórisis, que en este caso sería el reconocimiento de la verdadera naturaleza de su amada y de la sociedad en general, sufre un proceso de transformación que lo lleva finalmente a la muerte. (Martín-Miguel Rubio Esteban) (Translation)
La Repubblica (Italy) talks about Milan's Tempo di Libri fair which has Jane Austen as one of its guidelines:
Ho sempre pensato che nessuna delle sue eroine avrebbe potuto fare una cosa come innamorarsi di Heathcliff, come Catherine di Cime tempestose, il romanzo di Emily Brontë che esce qualche anno più tardi. Il meraviglioso e dannato Heathcliff, selvaggio e auto-distruttivo. «È così. Perché Austen ha un’idea del destino che deve compiersi in una vita sociale, condivisa. È positiva e positivista, oltre che comica, mentre tutte le sorelle Brontë sono tragicissime. Cime tempestose è già pieno Romanticismo. In Austen siamo ancora vicini all’Illuminismo». Eppure ho la sensazione che abbia vinto la “linea Brontë” rispetto alla “linea Jane Austen”: siamo ancora tutti troppo romantici, tragici e poco lucidi. In letteratura e nel modo di gestire i sentimenti. (Elena Stancanelli interviews Nadia Fusini) (Translation)
Hannah Nunn celebrates Charlotte Brontë's 201st anniversary and her workshop in the Parsonage with this post. Vesna Armstrong Photography shares some pictures of the Parsonage last year and AnneBronte.org and Jane Austen in Vermont also posts about Charlotte. Les lectures de la Diablotine (in French) reviews the recent Manga adaptation of Jane Eyre.

Finally, an alert for today at April 22 in Miami:
The Bookstore in the Grove
3390 Mary St, Miami, Florida 33133
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Night of Poets - National Poetry Month Celebration
Featuring among others Rita Maria Mertinez, author of The Jane and Bertha in Me.

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