Saturday, August 29, 2020

BBC News features the Brontë Parsonage Museum fundraising campaign as well as the virtual conference organised by Dr Claire O'Callaghan.
The future of the Brontë Parsonage is under threat after losing an estimated half a million pounds during lockdown.
The pandemic closed the museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire, but it reopened to the public earlier.
An online festival next month called #Brontë2020 hopes to raise enough money to keep the site going.
The parsonage, which was the family home of author sisters Charlotte, Anne and Emily Brontë, usually attracts 70,000 visitors a year.
"The parsonage is a focal point for the global popularity of the Brontës," said Dr Claire O'Callaghan, who is one of the academics behind the fundraising event.
"It is a site of pilgrimage for literary enthusiasts worldwide - the effects of the museum potentially closing permanently would be detrimental for many.
"The knock-on effects for the local community - its business and residents - would also be manifold, especially as Haworth's economy relies chiefly on Brontë Country tourism."
Although it received emergency funding as one of a number of venues described by the culture secretary as the "crown jewels" in the arts sector, the Brontë Society said it was facing an estimated end-of-year deficit of £100,000.
"Being closed since March has resulted in a loss of expected income of over £500,000, an amount that would usually keep us going during the quieter winter months," it said.
"When we reopen, we know that recovery will be slow - a combination of the intimacy of the historic rooms and the measures required to keep staff and visitors safe will limit our ability to welcome visitors back in the numbers required to be sustainable."
The society, which runs the museum, has launched a JustGiving page which has raised £10,000 from about 300 supporters.
Funds raised by #Brontë2020 on 4 September will go towards the crowdfunding appeal, with more than 40 speakers from around the world scheduled to take part.
The 11-hour event, which Dr O'Callaghan, from Loughborough University, is organising with Dr Sarah Fanning from Mount Allison University in Canada, will take place across two time zones, catering for Brontë fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights is one of the '7 daring movie adaptations of literary classics' recommended by Vox.
Wuthering Heights (2012)
Andrea Arnold is hardly the first filmmaker to adapt Emily Brontë’s classic novel, but she’s the first to envision Heathcliff as Black, which casts the whole story in a different light. As with David Copperfield, the social divisions of Wuthering Heights spring into even bolder relief onscreen once race enters the picture. (This is also Arnold’s only film with a male protagonist.) The movie is a wild, cold, blistering retelling of the tale, in which orphaned Heathcliff (Solomon Glave) is treated poorly by Hindley, the son of the family that took Heathcliff in, while sustaining a difficult passion for the daughter, Cathy (Shannon Beer). Years after being thrown out, Heathcliff returns (now played by James Howson) to the manor to find Cathy (Kaya Scodelario) married. And revenge is not sweet. (Alissa Wilkinson)
Diario do Grande ABC (Brazil) recommends 10 British books to travel from your home, including
3. O Morro dos Ventos Uivantes, Inglaterra
O vilarejo de Haworth, em Yorkshire, na Inglaterra, e os pântanos ao redor são famosos por serem o lar das irmãs Brontë. Para Emily Brontë a região foi fonte de inspiração para criar a abor O Morro dos Ventos Uivantes, de 1847. Atualmente, a casa da família se tornou um museu, onde estão expostos itens pessoais, como a mesa onde Emily escrevia. Nas proximidades fica a Cachoeira Brontë, conhecida por ser o local favorito da família. (Translation)
Elle interviews writer Elena Ferrante using questions sent from readers and booksellers from all over the world.
Stefanie Hetze, bookseller and owner of the bookstore Dante Connection, Berlin, Germany: For Lila and Elena, the experience of reading Little Women is extremely important. What (other) literary figures fascinated and profoundly affected you as an adolescent?
To answer I would have to make a long and probably boring list. Let’s say that I devoured novels in which the female characters had ill-fated lives in a fierce, unjust world. They committed adultery and other violations, they saw ghosts. Between twelve and sixteen I eagerly looked for any books that had a woman’s name in the title: Moll Flanders, Jane Eyre, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Effi Briest, Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina. But the book I read and reread obsessively was Wuthering Heights. Today I still find extraordinary the way it describes love, mixing good and bad feelings without any break. Catherine is someone who should be revisited from time to time: She’s useful, when you write, for avoiding the danger of sickly-sweet female characters. 
Culture Générale (France) has a quiz on teachers which includes the following question:
Institutrice d’origine modeste et orpheline. Elle tombe amoureuse de son employeur M. Rochester. (Translation)
Navarra Capital (Spain) lists women writers who have had to use pseudonyms.

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