Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:33 am by Cristina in , , , , , , ,    No comments
Moors murderer Ian Brady is dead and a couple of websites bring up his own Brontë comparisons. From Sky News:
"Why are they still talking about Jack the Ripper, after a century? Because of the dramatic background, the fog, cobbled streets.
"Mine's the same ... Wuthering Heights, Hound Of The Baskervilles."
Mirror describes his appearance in court four years ago:
As we heard him speak publicly for the first time in 47 years, we learnt that he saw himself as some romantic cross between Jack the Ripper and an Emily Brontë hero. (Brian Reade)
It's a difficult transition from that, but let's move on to regular mentions.

Flavorwire interviews Mel Campbell and Anthony Morris, authors of the new novel The Hot Guy.
Name a canonical book you think is totally overrated. [...]
Mel: Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ is far, far superior to Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. For a start, the book has no blistering guitar outro. (Tom Hawking)
Regensburger Nachrichten (Germany) lists some classics of Gothic fiction such as
1847: Sturmhöhe – Emily Brontë
Als berühmtes Werk des britischen Viktorianischen Zeitalters, war Sturmhöhe viel kritisiert und umstritten. Ein Vorwurf, gegen den es sich bis heute behaupten muss, sind die unsympathischen Charaktere, mit denen man weder mitfühlen noch sich identifizieren kann. Trotzdem gilt die Liebesgeschichte zwischen den Stiefgeschwistern Cathy und Heathcliff als eines der dramatischsten und meist gelesenen Werke englischer Erzählkunst.
1847: Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
In Jane Eyre versteckt sich, neben dem Aufstieg einer jungen Frau, die dank ihres eisernen Willens zur angetrauten Ehefrau anstatt zur wenig geschätzten Kurtisane aufsteigt, auch eine Darstellung rassistischer Vorurteile gegenüber Ureinwohnern, die mit der Britischen Kolonisierung einhergingen. Jane Eyre arbeitet als Gouvernante in einem edlen Haus und begegnet dort Mr. Rochester. Die beiden verlieben sich ineinander, allerdings ist da noch Rochesters verrückte Frau die auf dem Dachboden lebt und die er aus Jamaica mitgebracht hat. Die Jamaikanische Frau Rochesters liefert auch heute noch Aufschluss über die Einstellung, die Briten gegenüber Ausländern aus den Kolonien hatten. (BirgitH) (Translation)
Gazetta dal Tacco (Italy) reports on a recent talk by Professor Maddalena De Leo.
Sabato 13 maggio presso il Torrione Angioino a Bitonto (Bari) è stato proposto un incontro a cura dell’Associazione Culturale Ante Litteram presieduta da Barbara Buttiglione su “More Brontë: componimenti e scritti”.Charlotte Brontë e le sorelle, racconrta Maddalena de Leo
Ospite la professoressa Maddalena De Leo, responsabile italiana della Brontë  Society.
“E’ un’associazione storica, ovvero la più antica associazione culturale della Gran  Bretagna” ha chiarito la prof De Leo.
Il villaggio di Haworth, quello dove Charlotte Brontë e le sue sorelle Emily e Anne abitarono per tutta la vita è secondo come visite (turismo culturale) dopo Stratford-Upon-Avon , la città natale di William Shakespeare.
Preservare i manoscritti delle sorelle Brontë  e tutti i loro oggetti personali è lo scopo principale della Brontë  Society.
Oltre, ovviamente, al volerne diffondere la poetica unitamente alla  conoscenza delle loro vite.
Alcuni dei cimeli bronteani conservati inizialmente nella loro casa, che per lungo tempo dopo il decesso di tutti i familiari continuò a essere una canonica, furono allocati in un piccolo museo che sorge dove finisce la strada principale del villaggio, accanto al Tourist Office.
 La Brontë Society italiana che la prof.De Leo rappresenta dalla fine degli anni Novanta cominciò la sua attività con un notiziario semestrale (previa autorizzazione della “casa madre” britannica)  nel quale venivano date ai soci tutte le informazioni e le iniziative   riguardo  ad esempio gli incontri che si svolgevano   a Bologna, Milano, Roma ma anche in altre città. (Romolo Ricapito) (Translation)
This columnist from New Statesman defends himself:
People sometimes accuse me of being obsessed with Daniel Hannan. And I reply, just because I’ve written 18 columns about an obscure MEP who doesn’t even have actual power to speak of, that doesn’t mean I’m obsessed. Was Heathcliff obsessed with Cathy? Was Ahab obsessed with the whale? Exactly. I’m fine. Stop asking annoying questions when I’m trying to finish my Daniel Hannan darts board, I need to concentrate. (John Elledge)
Keighley News features Wilsons of Haworth, the hotels which has 'been named best in the UK by leading price comparison website HotelsCombined'. BookBub Blog recommends Sarah Shoemaker's Mr Rochester as one of '13 New Books to Read If You Love Jane Austen'. Mainfatti  (Italy) reports that Jane Eyre 2011 will be on Rai5 tonight at 9.15.

Finally, Clare Twomey's Wuthering Heights manuscript has reached chapter 9, which includes some of the best-known lines from the novel. On Facebook, the Brontë Parsonage Museum shares pictures of the lucky women who got to copy out "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same" and  "Nelly, I am Heathcliff!"

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