Friday, June 05, 2020

Friday, June 05, 2020 10:26 am by Cristina in , , ,    No comments
Slipped Disc discusses Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, opus 92 (1813).
For writers, it provoked untold depths of contemplation. Emily Brontë liked to play the second movement at her piano to achieve spiritual equilibrium; hints of the symphony can be found in Wuthering Heights. ‘The emancipating power of a work like the Seventh Symphony was bound to appeal to the woman who created Heathcliff,’ writes the American literary scholar Robert K Wallace, who goes on to hypothesise that certain of Heathcliff’s rough characteristics were transplanted by Bronte from Anton Schindler’s biographical portrait of Beethoven. ‘Goethe’s celebrated reference to Beethoven as “an utterly untamed personality” utterly fits Heathcliff,’ argues Wallace. Beethoven’s existential loneliness would also have held deep appeal for the solitary Bronte. (Norman Lebrecht)
Your Life Choices (Australia) recommends 'Classic novels you always meant to read' such as
6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
You can totally listen to the Kate Bush song, but the book is even better. Wuthering Heights is ostensibly a love story between Cathy and Heathcliff, but don’t expect a romcom.
Instead, it’s a dark tale of obsession, desire and revenge. Heathcliff is adopted into a wealthy family but is soon reduced to the status of servant and runs away when Cathy marries someone else. Years later, he returns to wreak his revenge.
TES suggests '5 ways to tackle English Literature's lack of diversity'.
2. Interrogate your sources
Be conscious of the writers you share with your students. Do any of them have problematic pasts, or does their writing extend harmful stereotypes? How can you invite discussion about this with students, without falling back to the lazy response of "It was like that in the olden days"?
How, for example, can you use the depiction of Bertha Mason in GCSE text Jane Eyre to engage students in thinking about colonialism, not just for AO3, but as a springboard for discussions of racism’s intersection with fear, gender and imperialism? (Sophie Harrold)
Le parisien (France) takes a walk along the banks of the Seine and their famous 'bouquinistes'.
Tabea passe une première fois devant la boîte, jette un œil rapide avant de continuer son chemin. Puis finalement fait demi-tour. « Jane Eyre », le roman de Charlotte Brontë, l'attire comme un aimant. L'exemplaire en langue originale a vécu, mais qu'importe. La jeune Allemande qui vit à Paris est ravie de son achat coup de cœur, à 12 €. « D'habitude je vais chez Gibert mais c'est férié aujourd'hui donc fermé. Heureusement, les bouquinistes sont là », salue-t-elle. (Elsa Ponchon) (Translation)
NBC News has an article on Cara Delevingne.
At boarding school, Delevingne got her first taste of acting, landing supporting roles — but never the lead — in plays such as “Jane Eyre.
Lit City Blues posts about Wuthering Heights.

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