Saturday, June 13, 2020

Today, June 13th, is Her Majesty's official birthday, and yet her actual birthday is on another date. The Telegraph has a quiz about her and asks,
1. HM Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21 1926. She shares a birthday with Charlotte Brontë, James McAvoy and which punk rock star?
A: Johnny Rotten
B: Iggy Pop
C: Rat Scabies (Andrew Baker)
Varsity has an article by Jonathan Chan, Chairperson of the Decolonise English Working and Reading Groups.
This demands an imaginative reformation of the syllabus, one that expands the bounds of inquiry for each paper and recognises that the construction of British literary identity emerged from the very fabrication of ‘others’ against which it could define itself. Novels such as Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre are predicated on this, locating the submerged presence of colonialism beneath the veneer of wealth and adventure. This also requires that we make diversity and anti-racist training compulsory for every supervisor.
Country Life discusses how 'Britain’s wild, romantic moorland is our ‘signature habitat’'.
By comparison, Emily Brontë’s own connection with Yorkshire’s moors was innocence itself, but no less passionate.
In 1850, two years after her death, Charlotte Brontë recalled: ‘My sister loved the moors. Flowers brighter than the rose bloomed in the blackest of the heath for her; out of a sullen hollow in a livid hill-side her mind could make an Eden. She found in the bleak solitude many and dear delights; and not the least and best loved was — liberty.’
This memoir prefaced three poems written by the 16-year-old Emily. In one, she longs:
For the moors! For the moors, where the short grassLike velvet beneath us should lie!For the moors! For the moors, where each high passRose sunny against the clear sky!The subject of this exhilarated exclaiming was a far cry from Grendel’s ghoulish domain or Heathcliff’s crestfallen heights. (Mark Griffiths)
Secret Manchester recommends '8 Of The Most Picturesque And Quaint Villages And Towns Near Manchester', such as
1. Haworth
Commonly known as Brontë country due to the fact that the famous Brontë sisters lived in the village, Haworth has a whole lot of history to explore – including Wuthering Heights itself (known as Top Withens). The village retains its historic cobbled streets and buildings, and closeby, visitors can check out the Brontë moors and picturesque Brontë waterfall. It’s pretty much a literary mecca, however, on a normal day, you’ll find a ton of quirky little shops to check out in the village.
🚗  How to get there: 1 hour 20 by car. (Laura Rogan)
Dance magazine features dancer Yumi Kanazawa.
Last fall, The Joffrey Ballet's Yumi Kanazawa had a breakout moment as Young Jane in Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre. "She suddenly had a dramatic role that required a lot more of her as a human being, rather than just as a dancer," says artistic director Ashley Wheater. Kanazawa played a child dealing with the death of her parents and best friend, rejection from family and a punitive reform school. Capturing all of this within Marston's cinematic choreography, Kanazawa honed the complexity of her character while showing off her technical ability. "She dug really deep," says Wheater, "and became an amazingly expressive artist." (Lauren Warnecke)
Cosmopolitan celebrates 'singleness' by quoting from Jane Eyre among others. El territorio (Argentina) recommends reading Jane Eyre. A columnist from Huron Daily Tribune mentions Jane Eyre among the books she's read more than once.

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