Saturday, May 30, 2020

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If you didn't know already, The New Yorker clarifies:
The title of Josephine Decker’s new film, “Shirley,” refers neither to the novel of that name by Charlotte Brontë nor, in a slightly different vein, to Shirley Temple, whose dimple-powered career now seems beyond belief, but to the author Shirley Jackson. (Anthony Lane)
Secret Manchester lists several places to go for a staycation (if you live there, of course):
Haworth
Best known as Brontë Country, Haworth is the birthplace of the famous Brontë sisters, providing the novelists with masses of inspiration for classics such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. The town itself retains its traditional form, with curious little shops to explore. Further afield, however, you can explore the Brontë moors and Top Withens walk (which was the real life backdrop to Wuthering Heights). There are some incredibly relaxing spots to stay during your trip, from luxury campsites to cosy hotels within the town, which is the perfect gateway to other popular Yorkshire destinations such as Harrogate and Ilkley. (Laura Rogan)
Rocket Miner discusses how mistakes and misfortunes can be embedded into a work of art:
Dr. Weatherhead told of owning his own Persian rug given to him by an Arab sheik. The rug has a yellow irregularity in it. He prizes this irregularity as proof, evidence of the rug’s value. He says that it shows it was not made by machine in a carpet factory.
One day, he asked a young Persian rug maker apprentice, studying in England, “What happens when a boy makes a mistake?”
The apprentice answered him, “Quite often, the artist does not make the boy take out the wrong color. If he is a great enough artist, he weaves the mistake into the pattern.”
Those words sent me on a journey. Think of Milton’s blindness, Alexander Pope’s grotesque deformity, Keats and Emily Brontë’s tuberculosis, Emerson and Tennyson’s chronic infections, Swinburne and Flaubert’s epilepsy, and the neuralgia of Gamaliel Bradford and Charles Dickens. There is hardly a sound body in the roster of the world’s most distinguished writers. Often each distinguished writer bears a spiritual anguish within. (Pastor Richard P. Carlson)
Tomorrow, May 31, on BBC Radio 4, according to The Times:
Electric Decade: A Room of One’s Own
BBC Radio 4, 3pm
“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write,” Virginia Woolf said in a speech delivered to the women of Cambridge in 1928. The lecture was published as an extended essay in 1929, and the award-winning writer Linda Marshall Griffiths has turned Woolf’s classic political text into a funny and thought-provoking play. Indira Varma plays “Woman” (Woolf), musing on women and writing, and imagining scenarios such as what might have happened if Shakespeare had a sister, as well as conversations with the great British female novelists, including Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austen. (Ben Dowell)
Modern Diplomacy  and the consequences of alcoholism:
People stopped coming to visit and I stopped having friends come over because mummy needed to rest. At least that was what I told myself. One day she yelled and screamed, cursed, pulled the sheets off the bed as if she was a mad woman. And then I began to look for her in the books I read. I called her Mrs. Rochester when I read Jane Eyre. I watched, observed and learned. Her imprint marked me like my father’s old books and divided us forever.  (Abigail George)
Marie Claire discusses how much dating in social distancing times resembles an Austen novel:
If you think that all this space is something of a buzzkill, well, you’re not the first to come to that conclusion. “People might say Jane lacks passion,”  [Dr. Natasha] Duquette said, referencing a Charlotte Brontë quote about Jane: “The passions are perfectly unknown to her; she rejects even a speaking acquaintance with that stormy sisterhood.” Duquette takes issue with this characterization. “The boundaries of propriety do not suppress desire but increase desire.” (Jessica M. Goldtein)
Did you know that Grace Zabriskie's character in Child's Play 2 was named after Grace Poole from Jane Eyre? Screenrant talks about it:
When it came time to casting Grace Poole, Karen Black and Mary Steenburgen were considered for the role. In the end, Grace Zabriskie was cast in the role named after a mysterious character in the novel Jane Eyre. (Jake Dee)
Shock Ya! reviews the documentary Screened Out in a very okboomerish way:
Imagine guys and gals in college assigned to read “Jane Eyre” but glancing every ten minutes at the phone when hearing the buzz or ring or theme song from “Gone with the Wind.” As one talking head advises, multi-tasking does not work.
Among the gems delivered from the documentary which I was watching on my computer when I could have been re-reading “Jane Eyre,” is the concept of intermittent rewards. (Harvey Karten)
Interlochen Public Radio misses the local library:
Yes, I have books at home, shelves of them. But mostly, they are books I’ve already read and reread. Desperate, I’ve been rereading them again. I even grabbed “Jane Eyre” off the shelf and dove in—still captivated by the tale I know by heart. But Reader, she married him and the story ends. (Karen Anderson)
TV shows that can be used for homeschooling on i-news:
Jane Eyre, BritBox
There have been at least 20 film and TV versions of Charlotte Brontë’s Gothic love story, and the BBC’s four-part 2006 adaptation is one of the best, as well as being faithful enough in characters and plot to assist those reading the book in school or university. Toby Stephens may be a tad underwhelming as Rochester, but, making her television debut, Ruth Wilson makes a hugely affecting Jane. (Gerald Gilbert)
Indica News discusses misogyny in India:
In feudal society, small scale and middle peasant farming shackled women, tied them to their individual households, and narrowed their outlook. They were practically slaves of their husbands, who often beat them cruelly. On marriage, their property often passed to their husbands, as we note in Emile (sic) Brontë’s novel `Wuthering Heights’. (Justice Markandey Katju)
Hertfordshire Mercury has a list of questions if you want to prepare for the many mandatory quizzes in these confinement times:
29. Which Brontë sister wrote ‘Jane Eyre’? (Matthew Smith
The same level of difficulty on this list by the Hull Daily Mail:
 1. Who wrote Wuthering Heights? (Sophie Corcoran)
Bookmarks interviews the writer Lara Prior-Palmer:
BM: Classic book on your To Be Read pile?
LPP: Wuthering Heights, what a dazzling first page. I drink the sentences, put the book down, and forget I’m reading it. Perhaps I don’t feel the need to continue because so many people have done the work for me?
Ultima Voce (Italy) and pseudonyms in literature:
Scrittrici donne che usano l’anonimato e gli pseudonimi maschili: tentativo di difesa o di sfida?
Le sorelle Brontë
Currer Bell, Ellis Bell e Acton Bell sono gli pseudonimi maschili usati rispettivamente da Charlotte, Emily e Anne Brontë, utilizzati soprattutto per scappare dai pregiudizi dell’epoca ottocentesca. (Asia Baldini) (Translation)
La Stampa (Italy) reviews the TV series Valeria:
L'aspirazione della serie è indagare la donna è i suoi impulsi come le grandi 'detective' della letteratura e in parte riesce, qua e là compaiono indizi chiari: all'inizio Val tenta di scrivere con davanti il dorso di «Jane Eyre» il capolavoro della Brontë su maturazione e indipendenza della donna. (Fiorella Minervino) (Translation)
Barometern (Sweden) asks its book panel cases of good film book adaptations:
 Jag måste även framhålla min favorit inom den skönlitterära genren som har filmatiserats och det är Jane Eyre av Charlotte Brontë. (Ia Sellerberg) (Translation)
Diario de Córdoba (Spain) reviews the book Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World:
Emily Brönte (sic) , cuya familia nunca se sintió acogida en Harworth, Yorkshire, y que sufrió violencia física e inanición en el internado de Cown Bridge, nos presenta en Cumbres Borrascosas un escenario tenso donde aflora la violencia doméstica y la pasión incontrolada representada por el personaje masculino Hearhcliff (sic), en medio de una naturaleza abrupta y furiosa. Emily adquiere una percepción del mundo exterior como si se tratara de un escenario demasiado violento y extremo, lo que la llevará a aislarse para encontrar la plenitud espiritual. (Pilar Muñoz Aguilar) (Translation)

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