Thursday, May 06, 2021

Yesterday saw the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon and History Extra reminds us of a Brontë connection, not to mention the fact that Branwell's name for his first toy soldier was Bonaparte and Charlotte Brontë also wrote the 'short story' Napoleon and the Spectre.

In 1840, a team went to St Helena to exhume the body, which had hardly decomposed. Some took pieces of the old coffin as souvenirs, such as the one pictured here, which ended up in the possession of the novelist Charlotte Brontë, gifted to her from her Belgian tutor, Constantin Héger. (Nicole Cochrane and Emma Butcher)
The Big Issue  recommends '25 books for history buffs to read and explore the past' including Jane Eyre in the section of 'Books exposing the underbelly of Victorian history, picked by writer Michelle Morgan'.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
While not necessarily a crime book, there are certainly dark and creepy aspects to it. I read this book as a child and now I love collecting different editions and covers. 
TES reports that teachers could vote to see the A Levels module 'Women in lit' renamed.
At A level, the survey asks whether the topic name "Women in Literature" should change to "better enable students to access the contextual elements of the topic", with alternative suggested titles including "Gender in Literature" and "Representing Gender" [...]
New choices for Gothic literature include Salman Rushdie's 1983 novel Shame, as well as Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys' reimagining of Jane Eyre.
And for "Women in literature", teachers might choose from Bernardine Evaristo's Booker Prize-winning Girl, Woman, Other, Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt, Ali Smith’s How to be Both, and Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. (Catherine Lough)
This is also discussed in The Times.

WTop News highlights what to watch in 'TCM Classic Film Festival [which] streams Thursday to Sunday on HBO Max'.
Friday brings Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon in William Wyler’s “Wuthering Heights” (1939), the late Sean Connery and Michael Caine in John Huston’s “The Man Who Would Be King” (1975), and the hilarious duo of Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder in Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (1968). (Jason Fraley)
Decider defines Dark Academia as
Reading Wuthering Heights by candlelight during a raging storm in a drafty Oxford library, wearing a black turtleneck and tweed trousers. (Kaetlyn Liddy)


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