Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:11 am by M. in , , , , , ,    No comments
Indiana Daily Student reviews Wuthering Heights:
Wondering where the archetype of the “bad boy” came from? Look no further than “Wuthering Heights.”
Published in 1847, Emily Brontë’s brooding, gothic masterpiece is the epitome of forbidden love, class difference and soul-rending loss. (...)
Overall, the novel excels in creating a compelling and intense narrative, where the friction and drama is always sprinting towards the next explosive episode in dramatic Gothic style. The themes of love and class difference are smartly acknowledged, and can even be examined as a social commentary. (Clark Gudas)
Nell Stevens, the author of Mrs Gaskell and Me, writes in The Guardian about separating the work of an author from the author himself/herself:
Is there a historical cutoff point after which we start to object to the politics, behaviour or ethics of authors? If so, it has tended to fall sometime after Dickens’s death. Ezra Pound was a fascist, Pablo Neruda a rapist, Philip Larkin an antisemite; we are increasingly aware of these facts and the ways they affect our reading of their work. But perhaps we are now dissolving that vague historical line altogether, finding fault with the even-longer-gone. Emily Brontë was recently criticised here for having been a difficult person. Male authors are being held to account for their sexual crimes and bigotry; women, in general, for not being charming.
If Emily Brontë is now fair game, then with sadness, I have to admit that my own favourite author, the Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, should be, too. She was a social reformer in her lifetime, whose books offered such sympathetic portrayals of those condemned by Victorian society that two of her friends burned them. She cared deeply about improving the lives of those around her. And she was also a gossip and a prude. She was rude in her letters about George Eliot, whose cohabitation with the married George Henry Lewes was much talked about at the time.
The New York Times reviews Adrienne Rich's Essential Essays:
Rich was born on the cusp of the Great Depression, to a former concert pianist and a doctor, who took a fanatical interest in her development as a poet. Her father, she said, fancied himself a “Papa Brontë,” with “geniuses for children.” (Parul Sehgal)
The Telegraph-Herald announces the upcoming Dubuque (IA) performances of The Moors:
In this play by Jen Silverman, two sisters, a maid and a dog live on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set them on a strange and dangerous path in this Brontë-esque darkly tragic comedy about love, desperation and the desire for human connection. (Jessica Reilly)
CBC Radio interviews the writer Anne Michaels:
I also have a great affection for Jane in Jane Eyre. She, also in her way, lives according to her ideals and has almost an impeccable integrity.
And Bookpage interviews another author, Tessa Dare:
Savanna Walker: The governess trope in historical romance is well loved but also fraught with potentially sexist peril. What parts of this dynamic were you excited to write, and what parts did you know wouldn’t be in The Governess Game?
Governess romances have been a tried and true plot since Jane Eyre, and I love the trope as much as any reader. That said, I happened to be writing this book at the height of the #MeToo movement, and the power imbalance of rake/governess was something I worried about constantly.
The first episode of the new ITV series Strangers contains a Jane Eyre reference:
So he [David] found a copy of Jane Eyre with Jonah’s name in it…does that prove he’s Megan’s husband? (Sarah Deen on Metro)
EDIT: Radio Times (and the social networks) are a bit disturbed by that:
The gift in question? A first edition of Jane Eyre, which university lecturer Jonah bought (HOW?) and then wrote in (WHAT?) and then gave to his wife, who for some reason didn’t say anything about him vandalising this beautiful book. (Eleanor Bley Griffiths)
Bustle and the curse of the second novel:
Some authors: Sylvia Plath, Emily Brontë, Margaret Mitchell never even wrote second novels at all. (E. CE Miller)
Chattanooga Times Free Press makes a list with TB casualties:
The list of victims of tuberculosis include French playwright Molière, writers Robert Lewis Stevenson, Anton Chekov, D.H. Lawrence, Franz Kafka, Emily, Ann (sic) and Charlotte Brontë and poet John Keats. Twentieth-century survivors of the disease include Margaret Sanger and Walker Percy. (Dr. Cliff Cleavaland)
Not really Charlotte, though.

Fashion news on WWD:
Rodarte RTW Spring 2019
The Mulleavy sisters make a dramatic return to New York with an enchanting show that demonstrated the mesmerizing force of their vision. (...)
The Mulleavys are storytellers with an affinity for the creepy, a pair of soft-spoken, jeans-wearing latter-day Brontës whose best work celebrates the curious dialogue between strange and exquisite. (Bridget Foley)
Elle's Ask E. Jean includes a Brontë mention in her column:
In fact, you're done dismantling the doctor's life. Finished! Do you understand me, Miss Lost? You may not text him, tweet him, Snapchat him, repeatedly drive by his house at midnight in your nightgown, or call out to him like Mr. Rochester calling to Jane Eyre. (E. Jean)
Booktrib talks about Colette, the upcoming film and the writer:
Before Colette, notable women writers (Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Louisa May Alcott) tackled serious themes, but none plumbed the battle of the sexes like Colette, or portrayed so vividly daily life, both domestic and unconventional, of her time. (Joanna Poncavage)
Mujer Hoy (in Spanish) recommends reading Roald Dahl's Matilda:
Antes de cumplir seis años, Matilda había leído 16 clásicos de la literatura anglosajona que todos deberíamos conocer (apunta en tu lista: ‘Grandes esperanzas’, de Charles Dickens, ‘Kim’, de Rudyard Kipling, ‘Jane Eyre’, de Charlotte Brontë...). (Rosa Gil) (Translation)
The horoscope of Femme Actuelle (in French) comes with a literary touch:
Comme son héroïne « Jane Eyre », notre Charlotte Brontë-Bélier célèbre une victoire, remportée par amour. A force de ténacité, un projet auquel vous êtes attachée voit le jour.  (Marc Angel) (Translation)
Several newspapers report that Kate Bush will publish a collection of lyrics from across her 40-year career with an introduction by novelist David Mitchell, How to be Invisible (which somehow echoes the recent Brontë TV biopic, To Walk Invisible).

Lifestar (Italy) includes Emily Brontë in a list of love quotes. A teacher and Brontëite on The Lincoln County News.


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