Sunday, February 14, 2016

It's Rude to Haunt in the Afterlife

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The India Express opens an article about three young girls who sell flowers at a metro station in Delhi.
“…he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose,” wrote British poet Anne Brontë in ‘The Narrow Way’. Words from this 19th century poet still hold true today for the mother of the three underage girls trying to eke out a living by selling roses on the trendier side of sector-18 metro. (Shreya Das)
Mooney on Theatre reviews the Toronto performances of Villette:
The show in itself, however, was not as enjoyable as the clear enthusiasm and dedication inspiring it.
The story is based off of Charlotte Brontë’s novel of the same name, and is told by an elderly Lucy Snowe as she looks back on the course of her life from childhood to adulthood. Paulette St-Amour plays the older Lucy, and does an admirable job of playing a classic narrator with a gentle voice that doesn’t overpower the action, though it does sometimes get lost in the busy stage. She also has an impassioned final monologue, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
One problem that was quickly evident was the old trap of thinking that doing a period piece means the characters must always be stiff, formal, and as devoid of emotion as much as possible. Due to this, most of the actors seemed more like they were reciting a script than actually talking with one another. (Maighdlin Mahoney)
The Telegraph & Argus remembers that Northern Ballet is going to premiere a new production of Jane Eyre this year:
Northern Ballet will perform a new dance version of classic novel Jane Eyre as part of its new season.
The Leeds-based theatre company will present Cathy Marston’s imagining of Charlotte Brontë’s novel, along with adaptations of other classic tales.(...)
Marking the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, Northern Ballet will hold the world premiere of Jane Eyre at Cast in Doncaster in May before touring to Richmond, Aylesbury, Wolverhampton, Stoke and Leicester.
Northern Ballet describes Jane Eyre as the ultimate dramatic tale of romance, jealousy and dark secrets, and a story of one woman’s indomitable spirit overcoming all boundaries. (David Knights)
Star2 discusses literary fan fiction:
If you look long and hard enough, you will probably find fan fiction to pander to all your shipping fantasies, no matter how unlikely or bizarre you think they are. But failing that, perhaps it’s time you write your own. After all, you can’t be the only one who has fantasised about Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennett abandoning their macho he-men and setting up house together in Bath. (Daphne Lee)
The Yorkshire Post presents a walk between Yarnbury and Hebden Circular:
Starting from the quintessential Dales town of Grassington the route quickly strikes up the hillside to the remote and well-named farmstead of Bare House, which conjures up the atmosphere of Wuthering Heights.
Valentine's Day mentions now. Let's take a deep breath and get to it:
Your V-day reads
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Although disdained on publication for its “vulgar depravity” and difficult characters, no one can beat the romance between Catherine Earnshaw and the gypsy Heathcliff with whom she feels a love as eternal as the rocks beneath the moor. (The Deccan Herald)
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 Jane Eyre (2011).La novela de Charlotte Brontë se convierte en un intenso romance entre una institutriz y un misterioso hombre. (Natalia Díaz Zeledón in La Nación (Costa Rica)) (Translation)
Đồi gió hú
Đây là tác phẩm duy nhất trong cuộc đời của Emily Brontë, và cũng được bình chọn là tác phẩm xuất sắc nhất của chị em nhà Brontë. Tác phẩm xuất bản lần đầu tiên vào năm 1847 và được tái bản lần thứ hai sau khi Emily qua đời.
Câu chuyện của Đồi gió hú là tình yêu ngang trái, đầy bi thương, đau khổ và hận thù giữa Catherine - một cô gái với bản tính hoang dại, nổi loạn – và Heathcliff – chàng trai tính cách cương nghị, yêu sâu nhưng hận cũng nhiều. Mọi sự bắt đầu khi Heathcliff được gia đình Catherine nhận nuôi. Hai người đều có tình cảm với nhau nhưng cuối cùng, Catherine chọn kết hôn cùng Edgar vì cho rằng nếu cưới Heathcliff, địa vị của cô sẽ bị hạ thấp. Cô càng không ngờ rằng, quyết định của mình sẽ gây đau khổ cho rất nhiều người về sau, bởi sự trả thù ngoan độc của Heathcliff. Và họ chỉ được trở về với người mình yêu khi nằm dưới nấm mồ mà thôi.
Từng câu, từng chữ của Đồi gió hú khiến người đọc không thể dứt ra được. Thứ tình yêu mà mỗi nhân vật mang trong mình, đầy đau khổ và chịu đựng khiến người ngoài khó mà hiểu được, càng khó cưỡng lại sự hấp dẫn do nó mang lại. Có lẽ, tận cùng của yêu thương mới mang lại đớn đau cho chủ nhân của nó đến thế. Đủ điên rồ, đủ quằn quại và khiến người ta thổn thức nên chuyện tình trong Đồi gió hú được bình chọn là một trong những chuyện tình đẹp nhất mọi thời đại. Và chỉ riêng cái tên Emily Brontë cũng đủ làm nên sự lôi cuốn, trường tồn cho chính tác phẩm của bà.
Jane Eyre
Một tác phẩm đình đám và kinh điển của văn học Anh được viết bởi chị của Emily Brontë là Charlotte Brontë. Nếu như bạn đã ngán những cuốn tiểu thuyết với kết thúc mở, hay một chuyện tình đau khổ thì Jane Eyre sẽ mang bạn đến một thế giới khác. Bằng tài năng bậc thầy, cách xây dựng nhân vật và cốt truyện điêu luyện, khéo léo mà Charlotte Brontë đã thổi hôn vào từng câu chữ, khiến chúng trở nên sống động và vượt qua mọi giới hạn thời gian, ở vào kệ sách của những tác phẩm kinh điển hay nhất.
Jane Eyre là tên một cô bé tỉnh lẻ, mồ côi và bị đối xử tàn nhẫn ngay từ tấm bé bởi chính những người thân còn lại trong gia đình. 10 tuổi, cô bị đẩy vào trại trẻ mồ côi và sống cuộc đời còn khắc khổ hơn ngàn lần. Nhưng những đau khổ đó không làm mài mòn đi khát vọng sống và vươn lên của cô gái trẻ. Lần đầu tiên được yêu thương bởi vị chủ nhân của lâu đài Thornfield nhưng tình yêu đó lại vấp phải rào cản không vượt qua được. Jane ra đi và vẫn kiên cường sống, cố chấp thay đổi số phận của mình. Đến khi có được mọi thứ mong muốn, cô vẫn khước từ lời cầu hôn của một người mà quay trở về chốn cũ, tìm lại tình yêu đích thực cùng năm tháng đã đánh mất của mình, dù người đàn ông đó bây giờ đã trở nên tàn phế đi chăng nữa.
Câu chuyện cảm động về nghị lực và sự can đảm của một cô gái trẻ, là hình ảnh đẹp đẽ và cao quý của một tình yêu bất chấp thời gian, bất chấp thử thách. Sức sống của Jane Eyre cũng làm nên sức sống của chính tác phẩm, được yêu thích mãi theo thời gian. (Hoàng Hương in Ring-Ring (Vietnam)) (Translation)
 Top 10 cărţi de dragoste de neratat într-o viaţă. (...)
2. „La răscruce de vânturi“, de Emily Brontë. Romanul este unul destul de neobişnuit, nu neapărat prin naraţiune, ci prin atitudinile violente pe care le au personajele masculine. De obicei, personajele sunt modele, dar nu şi în romanul ”La răscruce de vânturi”, deoarece ele sunt aprige la mânie, ranchiunoase şi duşmănoase, stări care se află într-o strânsă legătură cu natură. Cathrine Earnshaw este la început doar o copilă de condiţie bună care creşte alături de Heathcliff, un băiat abandonat şi adoptat de familia feţei. Cei doi se îndrăgostesc, însă Catherine ajunge să îl ia de soţ pe Edgar, mai mult din motive materiale decât din iubire.  Distrus, Heathcliff jură răzbunare şi pentru asta, el o ia de nevastă pe soră lui Edgar Linton, pe Isabella, chiar dacă nu simţea nimic pentru ea. Catherine face cu greu faţă acestor conflicte, ajunge chiar la nebunie din cauză că ţinea prea mult la Heathcliff. Este un roman care vorbeşte despre dragoste, despre dragostea platonică ce creşte odată cu fiecare dintre noi şi nu ne lasă nici măcar în momentul morţii. (...)
6. „Jane Eyre“, de Charlotte Brontë. Este un roman clasic, profund şi plin de substanţă. Charlotte Brontë s-a priceput de minune să măiestrească această carte în care personaje sunt foarte vii. Orfana Jane încearcă să-şi găsească un rost în viaţă. Este crescută de o mătuşă rece şi plină de prejudecăţi, iar verişorii ei îi îngreunează viaţa, mai ales verişorul cel mare, care se poartă de-a dreptul barbar cu Jane. După o încăierare între cei doi copii, doamna Reed, mătuşa, hotărăşte să o dea pe nepoată la un aşezământ pentru fete orfane. Acolo, Jane petrece opt ani foarte grei, suferă de foame, de frig, colegele ei mor cu zecile şi se confruntă şi cu răutăţile şi prejudecăţile profesoarelor.  Aceste întâmplări întăresc caracterul fetei şi sporesc măestria cu care acest personaj a fost desenat în cuvinte. Jane învaţă la Aşezământul Lowood că viaţa nu e uşoară, îşi face o bună prietenă, pe Helen Burns, care, bolnavă la pat, îi spune protagonistei că va fi mai foarte fericită în viaţa de apoi. Helen se stinge, iar timpul trece. Jane creşte şi devine o tânără responsabilă şi o profesoară pricepută în aşezământ. După opt ani petrecuţi acolo, ea hotărăşte că vrea ceva nou în viaţă şi se angajează ca guvernantă a pupilei domnului Rochester. Jane se mută la conacul Thornfield, unde devine profesoara lui Adele. Acel loc devine pentru ea raiul pe pământ, dar curând va afla că acel conac opulent ascunde un mister înfiorător care îl ţine captiv pe Edward Rochester şi îi va schimba şi lui Jane viaţa. (Simona Vaicu in Adevărul (Romania)) (Translation)
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10. Cime tempestose (1939)
Dal romanzo di Emily Brontë, la voce nella tempesta è quella di Heatchliff e Cathy, per sempre Laurence Olivier e Merle Oberon. La passione autentica, l’amore tormentato, la lotta contro i pregiudizi: romanticismo allo stato puro. (Play4Movie (Italy))
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Type O Negative - " Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare-All)'
Fronted by big-dicked problematic fave Peter Steele, Type O Negative was one of the only decent gothic metal bands. Riffity riffs and mosh pits don’t lend themselves to Wuthering Heights reenactment for the most part. But Steele’s rumbling baritone and love of wry high drama made him a lovely leading man in any discerning metal-leaning witch’s wet dream. Just keep politics off the table in lieu of your butt. (Zachary Lipez) (Translation)
 And what does it say that those love stories deemed the greatest of all time — “Romeo and Juliet,” “Antony and Cleopatra,”Wuthering Heights” and, please forgive me, “A Star is Born” — also are the saddest? (Caroline Dohack in Columbia Daily Times)
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[A]nd William Wyler's haunting 1939 adaptation of "Wuthering Heights," starring a sexy Laurence Olivier as the brooding Heathcliff and Merle Oberon as his beloved Cathy. (Los Angeles Times)
The 10 most un-romantic literary couples. (...) 3. Catherine and Heathcliff (“Wuthering Heights”)
If you choose not to marry the guy you love, completely of your volition, it’s just rude to haunt him in the afterlife. (The Western Herald)
The Herald on Sunday concludes this section with this thought:
Did Romeo and Juliet, Cathy and Heathcliff, have more than love-sickness in common? It’s highly likely that they shared something else: an imbalance in their brain chemistry. Specifically, too much dopamine and too little serotonin. (Val Burns)
Strictly Ornamental reviews a National Theatre's Jane Eyre screening. Papercut's Last Minute Book Report features
Author Pierce Brown (the Red Rising trilogy) has 10 minutes to read Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, then give a book report. Who knew Heathcliff was so similar to Luke Skywalker?
Red Rose Style, Critical MassA Nosh of Life post and tatianagfeltrin (in Portuguese) vlogs about Jane Eyre.
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This is a cover of Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights that we have enjoyed particularly. Just a piano and a double bass give a very special intimacy to this jazzy version performed by the Brussels singer Milla Brune:
Pas encore d’album pour la Bruxelloise Milla Brune. Pour nous faire patienter, la Bruxelloise s’attaque au monument pop de Kate Bush, «Wuthering Heights». Une reprise culottée.
Elle a du culot, Milla Brune. Pour faire patienter son public avant la sortie de son premier album, la Bruxelloise s’attaque à un monument de la pop à piano: le «Wuthering Heights» de Kate Bush et ses moments de bravoure aigus tellement eighties. (...)
Bercée depuis toute petite par le jazz et la soul qu’écoutaient ses parents, Milla Brune glisse sur Facebook que l’envie de reprendre Kate Bush lui est venue cet été «en se promenant dans les vignes». Un climat sans doute bien éloigné des highlands battus par les bourasques décrits par Emily Brontë dans «Les Hauts de Hurlevents». D’où peut-être cette chaleur émanant de la voix et de l’interprétation... (L'Avenir)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Keighley News talks about the new BPM exhibition Charlotte Great and Small:
One of the highlights is a passionate letter on loan from the British Library, which Charlotte wrote to the love of her life, the married Professor Constantin Heger in Brussels; said to be the inspiration for Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre.
It was ripped up by Monsieur Heger and bizarrely sewn up by his wife. One of the contemporary artists commissioned to add to the show is Ligia Bouton, whose response to this is to tear up her own version and stitch the pieces back together.
The show’s curator, the author Tracy Chevalier, told an audience in Haworth at the opening that she felt a bit guilty about putting Charlotte’s intimate items, including her undergarment and a letter she didn’t intend anyone else to see, on display, “sewn back in a Frankenstein kind of way”.
Tracy said: “I’m not sure how Charlotte would have felt about that, it’s voyeuristic, she would probably have been horrified. But we have been respectful and are honouring a tiny woman, who lived in a small world, who had great ambition.”
We see just how small Charlotte was through her child-size bodice, gloves and shoes, marvel at the tiny books and paintings she made and a scrap from a dress she wore to a London dinner party hosted by William Makepeace Thackeray.
The sisters used hair to make jewellery and literally wore their family in rings and necklaces. We are moved by the wisps of Bronte hair.
Artist Serena Partridge used Tracy’s and parsonage staff’s hair as thread to make miniature boots. There’s a tiny bed you can make with quilts embroidered with Bronte quotes and a knitted tableau. (David Knights)
This interview with Claire Harman in The Irish Examiner discusses more Emily Brontë than the subject of her book, Charlotte Brontë:
And, reading the biography of Charlotte Brontë that Claire is in Dublin to promote, it’s clear that she still has an abiding fascination for Charlotte’s younger, and less prolific sister.
“Emily was a genius really,” she says.
“She was a woman of quite extraordinary ability, but she was much more weird than wonderful to be around.
“There was an episode where she brutally attacks her beloved dog who was devoted to her.
“I think she was a frightening person with a volatile temper and a desire to domineer.
“Emily could be totally quelling with her silences and her withholding, and I see that as a manipulative psychological trick.
“Rather than being friendly with strangers, or even quietly affable, she was going to make her presence firmly felt.”
All this makes sense of the brutality and high passions detailed in Emily’s only published novel, Wuthering Heights.
“Charlotte and Anne objected to some of the horror in it, but Emily refused to change anything. (Read more)
Emily's creation Heathcliff fetures in the same newspaper in a completely different way:
It is because of Heathcliff that we are like this,” Karen says and takes another sip from the salt-rimmed glass. “It was irresponsible of them to teach us Wuthering Heights in our formative years.” (...)
Heathcliff was dark and swarthy and could disappear on you at any minute. Where did he even come from? They found him on the side of the road, the divil, with no explanation for himself. Heathcliff went mad with love for Catherine, lashing his head against a tree trunk, eternally tortured by her ghost. We hated the wishy washy drippy Edgar, who was actually living with Catherine on a daily basis.
Heathcliff, like Gatsby, was a romantic hero full of mystery and disappearance and grand gestures. And truly romantic love, the really good stuff, was dramatic and impossible. (Catherine Conroy)
 The Telegraph & Argus reviews 50 Walks in West Yorkshire by AA Publishing:
A potted history of the Brontës accompanies the 7.5 mile walk from Haworth along the Brontë Way to Top Withins, the ruin which was the possible inspiration for Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights. (Helen Mead)
The 175th anniversary of the Christ Church CE Primary School in Colne has Brontë connections. In Lancashire Telegraph:
Stephanie Tilsley, history leader and year three teacher, said that the week was a great way for the children to learn about the school's past.
She said: "The children loved the dressing up and I think in particular the Victorian teacher coming in from the Lancashire Museum Service went down really well.
"Some of the students even said that they wanted to keep the desks in rows facing the front they enjoyed it that much."
Mrs Tilsley said that she dug through the school's archives and constructed a play based on it history which the children acted out at a church service yesterday (Friday).
She said: "I found all the school's old log books and from this I planned out a way to teach it to the children.
"I decided to write it out as a play that the children could act out and it's been a really great way for them to learn about our founder William Hodgson, who was Patrick Brontë's curate, and other aspects of the history."
The New York Times reviews the Yale Rep production, The Moors:
Having its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theater, “The Moors” springs from the same bleak yet fecund Victorian environment that the Brontë sisters called home. The brilliant and arguably tragic Branwell, brother of Charlotte, Emily and Anne, is name-checked and more in the play, and there is the sense of gothic romance throughout. (...)
I relaxed when Ms. McAndrew was the focus, especially because of her ease with the Victorian dialogue; though the cast members deliver the lines with American accents, they retain the feel of Brontë-speech. (David DeWitt)
On the same newspaper a list of memorable literary deaths:
Just a cursory list of memorable deaths (spoilers ahead) can make all of literature seem like one long Edward Gorey strip: Cathy in “Wuthering Heights”; Beth in “Little Women”; Piggy in “Lord of the Flies”; Cordelia in “King Lear”; more or less everyone in “Hamlet”; Leonard Bast in “Howards End”; Anna Karenina; and perhaps most agonizingly, the small children in “Jude the Obscure.” (John Williams)
and a review of I'm Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck:
Alison and Kyle may fall short of Catherine and Heathcliff’s iconic love, but who cares? I still found myself more invested in them than I’ve been in any thwarted couple since Ross and Rachel dominated Thursday nights. (Elisabeth Egan)
Reuters reviews the Indian film Fitoor:
Meanwhile, Noor goes from besotted to obsessed with Firdaus, almost channeling the hero of another classic English novel – the notorious Heathcliff. Actor Aditya Roy Kapoor broods, sulks and rants, and sometimes it is difficult to tell one from the other. (Shilpa Jamkhandikar)
The performances in Graz of a production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest contains a curious Brontë reference.
Der Inseltraum bei der Premiere von William Shakespeares Drama „Der Sturm“ am Samstag in Graz dauert wenige Minuten. Noch versperrt der schwarze eiserne Vorhang im Schauspielhaus die Bühne. Davor an der Rampe aber cremt sich eine Frau im Liegestuhl mit Sonnenschutz ein. Sie trägt einen glitzernden Badeanzug sowie anachronistische Gummistiefel, liest ein Taschenbuch: „Sturmhöhe“ von Emily Brontë. Wer kann diese Leserin sein? ( Norbert Mayer in Die Presse) (Translation)
Das Wagnis einer trichterartigen Bühne mit echtem Humus und Schlammlöchern hat sich gelohnt. Etliche Anspielungen wurden eingebaut - in einer Szene wurde aus Ariel (Sarah Sophia Meyer) eine wunderbare Arielle mit Seejungfrauenunterleib, die im Abgang öfters „Stormy Weather“ vor sich hin pfeift, ganz zu Beginn im Liegestuhl gemütlich in „Sturmhöhe“ schmökert und Musik und Wetter mit einer Geste im Griff hat. (Tiroler Tageszeitung) ( Translation)
Ángeles Caso talks about her Brontë novel Todo ese fuego in El Comercio (Spain):
De las hermanas Brontë, prefiere a Emily, la autora de 'Cumbres borrascosas', cuya obra estima -en sintonía con un octogenario lector que no desveló- que podría ser «la mejor novela que trata la pasión amorosa». Respecto de si es posible alcanzar ese grado literario sin haber tenido la experiencia personal de la pasión y el amor, sospecha que Emily Brontë vivió un amor de adolescencia, que evocaría en 'Cumbres borrascosas'. «Era tímida y asocial, hoy se desenvolvería en las redes de internet sin salir de casa; pero albergaba un genio. Era un ser extraordinario, la adoro», abundó. (Alberto Piquero) (Translation)
Popcorn TV (Italy) lists films with storms:
Jane Eyre: In questo caso, il temporale è il vero protagonista di una delle scene più importanti del film. La stessa autrice del libro, Charlotte Brontë, utilizzò l’espediente del temporale per conferire maggiore pathos alla scena. Quando i due protagonisti si dichiarano il loro amore, una pioggia torrenziale si imbatte su di loro. Scoppia un temporale fortissimo; un lampo distruggerà il loro albero in cui la coppia si era dichiarata amore. Segno, forse, che una tempesta si imbatterà di lì a poco su di loro? (Translation)
Librópatas recommends The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell as the perfect book for this most Brontë of years:
Tiene lo bueno de los best-sellers y es una novela que se lee fácilmente, tiene lo bueno de lo muy (y usemos la palabra en inglés, que es la que mejor lo describe) bookish y hay maravillosas conversaciones literarias y es tremendamente divertido (y por divertido digo reírse en voz alta). Y aunque es una novela fascinantemente literaria en la que se habla mucho de literatura no es de forma pedante y pesada. ¡La protagonista (y la narración) se ríe de toda esa pedantería! (Y sí, a veces quería parar de leer y aplaudir). (Raquel C. Pino) (Translation)
And now the Valentine section, of course:
 It’s something easy to forget, especially for people in their early 20s (i.e., me) who tend to prioritize romance and sex over everything else. Back in Victorian times—or at least as depicted in some of my favorite novels and plays—marriage was rarely romantic.(...) Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest massacres these conventions, and we see in his works (and in Charles Dickens’ novels and even in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre) that friendships are oftentimes the purest (and superior) form of companionship—real love. While there is frequent anxiety about marriage and all that accompanies it, the strongest relationships are those shared by friends. There’s Pip and Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations, and Jane Eyre’s short-lived friendship with Helen in boarding school is among the most intimate in Brontë​'s novel. (Eric Eidelstein in Complex)
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Wuthering Heights
What Catherine and Heathcliff’s love lacks in idealism, it makes up for in passion in Emily Brontë’s iconic novel of the English moors. (Sarah Begley in Time Magazine)
Heathcliffe (sic) & Catherine (Wuthering Heights)
Emily Brontë’s novel brought to life one of the most unique love stories in literary history. It is not the healthiest of relationships, but it’s impressive how even in death, their romance lives on.
Relive the love story: Two versions (2009 and 2013) are available to stream on Amazon Prime. (Heather Thompson in Parade)
Día de San Valentín: el amor en 12 grandes novelas: Cumbres Borrascosas de Emily Brontë,
Los protagonistas de esta historia de amor son la caprichosa y egoísta Catherine y su hermanastro, el rencoroso Heathcliff. Este lazo familiar les prohíbe que las pasiones que sienten mutuamente se puedan materializar, y tampoco ayuda el antagonista hermano de ambos, Hareton, quien hará todo lo posible por separarlos. Pero, como todo novela de pasión desatada, el destino se encargará de encontrarlos en más de una oportunidad, en una novela de amor y venganza. (Diego Almazábar in La Tercera) (Translation)
La rascruce de vanturi, de Emily Brontë
Singura carte a autoarei Emily Brontë, "La rascruce de vanturi", a aparut in 1847 si este considerata o capodopera a literaturii engleze. Povestea romanului se desfasoara pe parcursul a patru generatii si prezinta reconstruirea unei iubiri esuate din cauza prejudecatilor din trecut. (Andra Imbrea in Wall-Street) (Translation)
The most romantic place in Oxfordshire: Broughton Castle, Banbury
The well-kept home of the 21st Baron of Saye and Sele shot back to fame in 2015 after appearing on television as a key location for BBC2's Wolf Hall. With other credits including Jane Eyre and Shakespeare in Love to its name, this is the perfect venue for a Valentine's Day straight out of the movies. (Megan Archer in The Oxford Mail)
Valentine's Day Movie List: "Jane Eyre" (2011): Director Cary Fukunaga ("Sin Nombre") and his talented young cast, including Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell, bring fresh energy to the often-adapted gothic tale. Every aspect of the narrative is heightened: The mystery crackles with suspense, the romance smolders with sensuality, and the coming-of-age story flares with intensity. (Brandy McDonnell in NewsOK)
There are more gritty versions of the romance story — ‘Wuthering Heights’, for example — where rapture is tempered with a good deal of agony and the tale of love turns not on the other’s presence but their absence.
But where does that leave us? The happy-ever-after version is far more appealing but it lulls us into a false sense of security and puffs us up with expectations that are bound to fall short.
The Heathcliff version is cruel and cold and no amount of rapture is worth that kind of torment.(The Irish Examiner)
While researchers at Rutgers University may tout Flower Power, and have science to prove that flowers make one happy, the fact is they wilt and die a slow death. Do you know how painful it is to throw away drooping roses that were once brimming with joy? I still have flaky crispy petals from 2001 preserved between the pages of my well-loved copy of Wuthering Heights. (Vedavati in The Good Men Project)
When I reflect on my pathetic memories of Valentine’s day, a few key ones jump out at me. (...) The one where my friend found out she’d been cheated on, so we went up to the common to burn all his paraphernalia - love letters, diary entries about him etc. But, just as the fire lit, a massive gust of wind blew the whole thing away and we had to wander the common like Heathcliff and Cathy, plucking diary entries out of trees and puddles like a really naff version of How To Make An American Quilt. (Holly Bourne in The Guardian)
Ireland’s most romantic bedrooms:  Book yourself into Gregan’s Castle, Georgina Campbell’s hotel of the year, and spend your time playing Heathcliff and Cathy out on the moors. Okay, the Burren. (Sandra O'Connell in The Irish Times)
17 Books to Read on Valentine's Day, Before, After, or Instead of a Hot Date
Wuthering Heights
When Wuthering Heights was first published, people said it was a "vulgar" book, with a "lurid" romance at the center of its story between a wide-eyed heroine and her mysterious Heathcliff. That's Victorians for you. Today the book is a classic, best enjoyed by the old-school romantic to really savor the deep and magnetic attraction between Catherine and her gypsy beau — a romance as eternal as the rocks beneath the famous moors of Wuthering Heights(Nathan Smith in Cosmopolitan)
Bustle concludes this list with a selection of quotes that will make you proud of being single:
“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
Jane Eyre is practically the patron saint of solitude. Sure, her story is remembered as one of the most romantic of all time, but something tells me she would’ve been perfectly happy without a Mr. Rochester. (Crystal Paul)
Finally a poll on Playbuzz with 100 classics to be taught at school. The list comes from this initiative:
Anna Karenina, The Thirty-Nine Steps and Twelve Years a Slave are among 100 titles being offered as part of a new initiative from Penguin Classics, following a call for action by Schools Minister Nick Gibb to ensure there is more classic literature being taught in our schools.
The 100 titles - taken from Penguin’s popular Black Classics series - range from the earliest writings to early 20th century works, span fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose, and are intended to offer a springboard for children to discover the classics. All the titles are by authors who died before 1946 and are therefore out of copyright.
It includes four Brontës: Jane Eyre and Villette by Charlotte, Wuthering Heights by Emily and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne.

Belles Plumes (in French) posts about Wuthering HeightsNovel Readings doesn't really like the Team Brontë vs Team whatever battles... but she is Team Brontë.
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A new adaptation of Jane Eyre opens today, February 13, in Malmö, Sweden:
Jane EyreAdapted by Kirsten Thomsen
Directed by Ana Azcárate

Malmö Stadsteater
13 february -  23 april

”Tror du därför att jag är fattig, enkel, osynlig och liten att jag inte har något hjärta, att jag är utan själ? Jag har lika mycket hjärta som du, och lika mycket själ.”
Den föräldrarlösa Jane Eyre blir efter en svår barndom anställd som guvernant hos den demoniske Mr Rochester på Thornfield Hall. Jane som är en självständig, intelligent och målmedveten ung kvinna hittar snart en vän i den annars så gåtfulle Mr Rochester. De samtalar om allt och utvecklar en kärlek på lika villkor. Men Rochester bär på en fasansfull hemlighet och Jane flyr från sitt eget bröllop.
Jane Eyre blev redan när den kom ut 1847 en stor framgång. Berättelsen om Janes öde har i generationer fängslat sina läsare. Med en stark kvinnlig berättarröst är den inte bara en spännande romantisk skildring utan också ett ställningstagande för kvinnans rätt till självständighet och lika värde.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Daily Herald Tribune has selected the best romantic novels of all time, including
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: This apparent love mismatch between a "poor, obscure, plain and little" governess and a tortured Byronic hero with a dark past is one of the most memorable love stories in modern literature. While Jane seems reserved and insecure, she is a strong and passionate woman that will settle for nothing less than a man that loves her and treats her as an equal.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: Heathcliff is a foster child who develops an unconditional love for his foster sister, Catherine, and are forced by circumstance and prejudice to live their lives apart. (Maureen Curry)
San Francisco Chronicle thinks that, 'there’s nothing sexier or more romantic than being well read' and adds Jane Eyre to not-your-typical list of romantic reads.
Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë (Penguin Classics, 624 pages): For those unfamiliar with Brontë’s title heroine and her complicated beau, Mr. Rochester, you’re in for a treat. Jane is no damsel in distress — read how she goes from abused orphan to mistress of her own fate. (Tony Bravo)
Wuthering Heights makes it onto the list compiled by Trendencias (Spain)
Cumbres borrascosas’, de Emily Brontë
La mediana de las hermanas Brontë (las escritoras, se entiende; había tres hermanos más) solo escribió esta novela que, para colmo, no fue muy bien recibida en su momento, aunque el tiempo la ha puesto donde se merece. El amor aquí es enfermizo y oscuro, teñido de venganza y envidia. La historia entre Heathcliff (un muchacho acogido por el cabeza de familia de los Earnshaw) y Catherine dista mucho de ser romántica; se crían juntos desde pequeños y, aunque en teoría Heathcliff es un hijo más, la realidad demuestra que no todos los miembros de la familia lo tratan así. Para corazones con coraza (#perdón). (Puri Ruiz) (Translation)
And no Brontë novel is included on Coast Weekend's list.
Also not included here are the great romantic classics of authors like Jane Austen, Daphne du Maurier, the Brontë sisters, and the like — proof certainly that there are plenty of literary romances out there. However, it’s doubtful that most readers don’t already know about these authors’ works. (Kate Giese)
Oxford University Press Blog has a quiz on romantic quotes which includes a couple of Brontë-related questions.

Apart from Valentine's Day, it's also Lent and Bustle has selected '20 Short Books To Read For Lent', one of which is
17. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Wide Sargasso Sea is Jean Rhys' prequel to Jane Eyre. This is the story of Rochester's first wife, the woman he demanded answer to "Bertha," whom he locked away in an attic. (Kristian Wilson)
The Independent reviews the novel Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift.
Graham Swift's Mothering Sunday is about one such defining moment. It is set in 1924, the year of Conrad's death, and its housemaid heroine, Jane Fairchild, reads the news of his passing in the morning paper before putting it on her master's breakfast table. Jane, plain Jane, that good Brontë name, is 22 years old, an orphan and an outsider, but not so plain as to be unattractive to the neighbouring posh boy: Paul Sheringham. (James Runcie)
The Independent also finds a Brontëite in writer and broadcaster Joan Bakewell.
Chose [sic] a favourite author and say why you admire him/her.
Too many to select one: Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, none better than any other. Each draws you into a world of their own making, and I like being steeped in their worlds.
Republican American reviews the play The Moors.
There are times when one can't help but think of "Jane Eyre," when Jane, the governess, fell head over heels in love with Mr. Rochester, only to learn that his insane wife, hidden away in the attic, is still alive. (Joanne Greco Rochman)
New York Racked features photographer and 'professional proposal planner' Ash Fox, who tells about a proposal for a Jane Eyre fan.
. . . and, a personal favorite, a proposal in the Nomad hotel bar The Library.
"That one was super cute," she said. Because the fiancée-to-be's favorite book was Jane Eyre, Fox helped her client incorporate the 19th-century novel into his proposal: They bought a copy, carved a heart shape in its center, an [sic] placed the ring inside. Fox strategically positioned it on a bookshelf at eye level by the bar. When the girlfriend arrived, she made a beeline for the book. As she opened it and glimpsed the ring, her boyfriend dropped to one knee.
"He knew her so well. He knew she was going to pick up that book!" Fox said. "That's the nice thing about a proposal where you're making it about the girl, not about yourself." (Laura E. Entis)
Keighley News has an article on the reopening of the Brontë Parsonage Museum a couple of weeks ago and some of the highlights of the Brontë 200 year. La Nueva España (Spain) features Ángeles Caso's Brontë-related novel Todo ese fuego. Miranda Seymour in the Times Literary Supplement reviews Helen MacEwan's biography of Winifred Gérin:
Biographers – from the irrepressible James Boswell until relatively recently – were not always a quiet lot. How impartial was the biographer of Byron (Doris Levy Langley) when she insisted that her marriage (to Mr Moore) must take place within stepping distance of her favourite subject’s coffin? How necessary was it for the indomitable Richard Holmes to retrace, on foot (albeit without a donkey companion), the actual route of R. L. Stevenson's pilgrimage through  the Cévennes?
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Bookish Knits posts a selection of different Jane Eyre-inspired knitting patterns:
Jane Eyre Shawl   by Nikol Lohr


Image from the pattern page - not mine. Click here for the Jane Eyre Shawl of beauteous beauty.
Image from the pattern page
Now, I’ve knitted this shawl and wear it quite frequently, so I really should get some pictures up on the blog. Perhaps Jane herself would rather I didn’t show it off; it is functional like her with its faroese styling but it has a flourish of something special, too.

Rosamund’s Cardigan by Andrea Pomerantz


Rosamund's Shawl - Knitter Nerd
Picture credit through pattern link
Yes, they’ve spelled her name wrong, but it comes up in a search for ‘Jane Eyre knits’ so it must be inspired by her. Regardless, Rosamond is one example of the wonderful characterisation in the novel; a bit part, she nonetheless has depth in her longing for St. John Rivers.

Wandering the Moor by Celeste Glassel


Wandering the Moor - Knitter Nerd
Picture credit through pattern link
Heartbroken and still on her feet, my favourite Jane is one who does nothing but survive. She leaves Rochester even if it nearly breaks her and she keeps going until she finds a new village, a new life which she carves out for herself. It’s in those chapters when she is wandering the moors that you truly see her worth.

Jane Eyre Tea Cosy by Loly Fuertes

Jane Eyre Tea Cosy - Knitter Nerd
Picture credit through pattern link
Though I’m not certain I could imagine Jane with such an extravagantly embroidered dress, I had to include this for the sheer fact that it’s adorable. Not usually a reaction I have around this book!

Mrs Rochester of Ferndean by Elizabeth Felgate

Mrs Rochester - Knitter Nerd
Picture credit through pattern link

Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Impact gives Sally Cookson's Jane Eyre a 9/10.
‘It’s a girl’ – the words that both open and end director Sally Cookson’s stage vision of Jane Eyre. In my opinion, there couldn’t be a more apt way of rounding up Charlotte Brontë’s well known tale. Jane’s journey from powerless child to strong, spirited, independent woman in this production highlights what Brontë’s story is truly about: a struggle for one woman’s individual equality and liberty, or, in short – just the story of an ordinary girl. While Jane herself may be ensnared by no net, this production certainly ensnared and enthralled the audience, including myself, from start to finish.
The choice to adapt such a popular and established novel to the stage was always going to be an ambitious one, yet director Cookson has risen to the occasion by creating a very open, modernist version of the classic novel. Michael Vale’s ingenious set certainly reflects this ethic – you will find no wooden panelling or intricate period detail here. Rather, a stripped back wooden platform and various ladders that dominate the stage space, allowing for near constant fluid movement from the characters and the interesting utilisation of different levels of space. The actors’ engagement with this set also allowed for poignant moments and emotions in the story to be conveyed. The world weary way Jane (played by Madeline Worrall) climbs the ladder after her discovery of Rochester’s terrible secret, conveys superbly the character of a woman who has suffered immensely, yet, must keep on going. (Scarlett White) (Read more)
Hereford Times reports that the filming of the independent adaptation of Wuthering Heights has now began.
Filming began in the county for a new independent film of Wuthering Heights.
Film crews were at the Lion Ballroom in Leominster at the weekend for the new adaptation of Emily Brontë's novel.
Crews will be filming in Herefordshire, including Kilpeck Church, until the summer.
Sha'ori Morris, who plays Catherine Earnshaw, and Paul Eryk Atlas, who has been cast as Heathcliff, will be interviewed on TV once the trailer is edited in early March.
There will be an independent cinema release in summer 2017. (Rebecca Cain)
Deseret News recommends the classic 1939 film adaptation as one of several 'romantic movies from the past'.
'Wuthering Heights'
A young orphaned gypsy, Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier), is found and brought home by the wealthy Mr. Earnshaw. Touchy about his heritage, Heathcliff is temperamental but becomes fast friends with Mr. Earnshaw's daughter, Cathy (Merle Oberon). As the two grow up, Cathy and Heathcliff fall in love, but Cathy is sensitive about Heathcliff’s penniless heritage and doesn’t take his feelings seriously. After overhearing Cathy talk about her engagement to another man, Heathcliff runs away, seemingly forever. But a few years later he returns, now a wealthy and sophisticated man obsessed with seeing his former, and now married, love.
Starring the great dramatic actors Olivier and Oberon, "Wuthering Heights" is a superb romantic tragedy based on the first half of Emily Brontë’s only novel of the same name. The year 1939 has long been heralded as Hollywood’s greatest, and this film was one of the 10 films nominated for the outstanding production Oscar that year.
"Wuthering Heights" can be seen Feb. 15 at 12:15 a.m. Mountain Time on TCM. It can also be seen on Amazon Video and iTunes. (Elizabeth Reid)
The Wall Street Journal sends 'A Valentine to the Bad Boys of Literature'.
The “mad” part of the equation became popular in the mid-19th century, when no self-respecting romantic hero could get through a story without displaying some headbanging and frothing at the mouth. In “Jane Eyre,” Charlotte Brontë has the arrogant Mr. Rochester tell the heroine: “I must have you…My soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.” Charlotte’s sister Emily has the even more savage Heathcliff of “Wuthering Heights” fall into paroxysms of despair over Catherine: “Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable!” (Amanda Foreman)
While The Guardian has selected the 'Top 10 books for the broken-hearted', which includes
9. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
This story of a lonely woman’s love for an unattainable man caused George Eliot to cry: “Villette! Villette! It is a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. There is something almost preternatural in its power.” I first read it aged 18 and was swept away by its restless energy – the way Brontë, as Virginia Woolf put it, expresses “untamed ferocity perpetually at war with the accepted order of things”.
Villette tells the story of Lucy Snowe – a cauldron of repressed emotion and desire. “Deeper than melancholy,” Snowe says, “lies heart-break.” This was Brontë’s last novel and for many her finest. (Susie Steiner)
The Irish Times reviews the novel Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea.
A first-person narrator done really well is a terrifyingly powerful thing. It grabs you by the throat, like in Jane Eyre, and refuses to let you go until you’ve heard her or him out. (Kathleen Flynn)
And The Nation reviews Garth Greenwell’s first novel What Belongs to You.
 This goes, like the story, to the heart of desire. There is something ephemeral and ungraspable about wanting another human being, because the hunger can never be fulfilled. Love, if that’s the term that applies here, is like a question without an answer. That’s as true of Heathcliff or Lolita as it is of Mitko, and Garth Greenwell knows this very well. Although he uses words with precision and care, taking pains to describe small details, they can never pin down the longing that burns at the center of the story; instead, they outline its shape by filling in everything around it. (Damon Galgut)
Gulf News has interviewed writer Jacqueline Wilson.
A book you wish you had written: “Jane Eyre”. (Suparna Dutt-D’Cunha)
Cinema Blend spoke to film director Burr Steers about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Beware of spoilers!
Those of you who stayed through the end credits of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies know that the end of the narrative is hardly the end of the full story for Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. As we see in the mid-credits sequence, the zombie George Wickham (Jack Huston) actually managed to survive his duel with Darcy, and has assembled an army of the dead as well as the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse for revenge. Right now it’s a question mark as to whether or not we will ever see the end to this impressive charge, but director writer/director Burr Steers did recently reveal to me what he would love to do should he be given the opportunity to make Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 2.
I spoke with the filmmaker before the film’s opening during a Los Angeles press day for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and as our time was winding down I brought up the post-credits sequence and asked what his vision for a follow-up would be. Steers is certainly excited by the prospect – particularly because the movie would be able to drift away from the story established by Jane Austen – but if you think the vision is just about zombie uprisings, you’ve only thought up a fraction of the picture. Said Steers,
I have a whole idea for it, but I don’t know if it’s, we’ll see how this does. The thing about it is, you have these characters, and now you can take these characters and go off and do anything you want with them, and it’s kind of great… I was thinking more in sort of vague story lines, but escape from post-apocalyptic London, Wickham sort of ascending to a dark throne. And also, the other thing that’s really funny is you can bring in, and you have to limit yourself on this, but you can bring in any character that’s part of public domain, any character from the Brontë’s or you could have Heathcliff… It’s like Marvel, it’s all… You can have Jules Verne! You have some people coming over in balloons! (Eric Eisenberg)
The Hindu takes some lessons in fashion from literature.
And, since no literary article can be complete without the Brontës, we will look at Jane Eyre. The poor, plain governess who comes to Thornfield Hall with her plain grey and black working clothes and one relatively nice dress (for her that is ) and a brooch given to her by her favourite teacher as a parting present.
There is her beautiful and vicious rival Blanche Ingram vying for Edward Rochester’s attention. And, although dressed in the latest fashions, he does choose Jane quite quickly. She also refuses his offers of dress, asserting her independence. Charlotte Brontë teaches this most valuable lesson – sometimes it is more than just outward appearances that make us attractive. (Vijetha S.N.)
Eric Ruijssenaars discusses on the Brussels Brontë Blog whether Charlotte Brontë tried to stop Villette from being translated into French or not. Celia Bland reviews Jane Eyre on Critical Mass. The Fellowship of the King posts about 'the many faces of Jane Eyre'. Dirt Road Princess posts about Jane Eyre 1983.
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As we reported earlier, the writer Margaret Forster (1938-2016) has died. Her prolific body of work never crossed paths with the Brontës except for a couple of biographies and several mentions here and there in her novels. Let's take a brief survey of the Brontës appearing in Margaret Forster's books.

Her biography of Daphne du Maurier (1993) contains a lengthy discussion of Du Maurier's biography of Branwell Brontë (in the chapter Breaking Point):
The project she decided to embark on was the kind of book she had never attempted before — a straightforward, properly researched biography of Branwell Brontë. She had always loved the Brontës ever since at the age of twelve she read Wuthering Heights — 'it's the most extraordinary book, miserable and very highly strung ... it left me sleepless' — and in 1955 had been pleased to be asked by Macdonald to write the introduction to a reissue of the novel in their classics series. She had taken the task very seriously, using it as an opportunity to go to Haworth and visit the parsonage and the Brontë Museum with Flavia and Oriel Malet. The three of them stayed at the Brontë Guest House ('main meal at 6.3o pm and no alcohol!') and had long walks across the moors, thinking themselves into the lives of the three sisters and becoming quite swept away by the atmosphere of the parsonage, especially the nursery, which Daphne found 'very happy ... why do people pretend it is gloomy?' When she got back, she read all the juvenilia of the Brontës, published in the Shakespeare Head edition, and was struck by the amount of work done by the ill-fated Branwell. (...)
Another biographical book (although narrated in first person) where Charlotte Brontë features is in Memoirs of a Victorian Gentleman: William Makepeace Thackeray (1978):
Miss Charlote Brontë, for example, was forever taking me to ask over and urging me to live to the image I had (...) (p 167-170).
And several Jane Eyre mentions:
What I was actually reading was mostly still children's stuff, Arthur Ransome and such like, though I'd read Jane Eyre and had attempted Virginia Woolf (Orlando, of which I made nothing whatsoever). It was always annoying when the rest of the family began arriving home and the house once more became more like a busy meeting place than a library.  (My Life in Houses (2014) p.27)
'About what, ma'am?'
Jane Eyre, the sensation of London last summer, or so everyone writes to me. I see no reason why you may not read it, Wilson. it is about a poor governess, of good family but in reduced circumstances, as so many are.' Mrs Browning looking at her curiously, then said, 'Wilson, do you remember first coming to Wimpole Street? And were you very afraid of us all? Did we make you suffer, like poor Jane Eyre, and were you very lonely?'
Wilson smiled. It was typical that one question should follow another without pause for reply. 'I remember it very well and thought everyone kind but I was lonely and lost, as you might expect.' (Lady's Maid (1990) p. 265)
A bed supported on massive pillars of mahogany, hung with curtains of deep red damask, stood out like a tabernacle in the centre; the two large windows, with their blinds always drawn .down, were shrouded in festoons and falls of similar drapery; the carpet was red; the table at the foot of the bed was covered with a crimson cloth; the walls were a soft fawn colour, with a blush of pink in it . . .He read on, but Gwen heard no more, only the rise and fall of his voice. She was in the room with Jane Eyre, oppressed by the mahogany and stifled by the red drapes. She fought for breath and there was a hissing in her head. It was the room of her nightmares. Her father noticed nothing. He loved to read to them and paid little attention to the effect of the words he read out. Should he look up from the book, he had Winifred to be gratified by. She sat, rapt, her mouth slightly open and her expres-sion one of utter concentration. (Keeping the World Away (2006), p 19)
I had to say I had no idea, that he had said he would make all the arrangements. I feel naive not to have checked such details, which are not so very minor. But I have some money. I am not Jane Eyre, and if anything unpleasant transpires, I can simply come home. Mr Russo is to pick me up at Tilda's address, tomorrow. (Diary of an Ordinray Woman (2013), p. 102)
Uncle Tom's Cabin she dismissed as sentimental and dull, and it annoyed her to be told how I had cried and cried over it, but she liked Jane Eyre. It was a bond I never had with my other children. Whatever happened later to us, it is an undeniable fact that there existed between Rosemary and me a wonderful closeness —  (...)
What did I care what colour the kitchen was, and, anyway, it always ended up the colour she wanted and had decided on before she ever opened her mouth. What she tried to do was persuade me that I actually wanted what she wanted. And as for the reading, I hated the books she gave me, even Jane Eyre. She liked melodramatic, sad stories. I like funny books, or comics. It was the same with the wireless, upon which we were heavily dependent.  (Private Papers (1996), p.61-62)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Nottingham Post reviews Sally Cookson's Jane Eyre at Nottingham's Theatre Royal.
The cast certainly didn't disappoint. Felix Hayes was not the typical love interest, but then neither was his character Rochester. He was everything the part called for; rude, uncouth and demanding, with a huge presence whenever his strode onto the stage.
And with just ten cast members there were several other stand-out performances. Simone Saunders slipped effortlessly between her parts as Bessie, Blanche Ingram and Diana Rivers, while Melanie Marshall was a captivatingly unusual (and tuneful!) Bertha. And it would be impossible not to mention Craig Edwards, who provided some much-needed light relief as Rochester's dog Pilot, launching himself about the stage, throwing himself to the ground, and using what looked like a short riding crop as a wagging tail to great comedic effect.
Unfortunately I couldn't warm to Madeleine Worrall's Jane. The Jane Eyre in my mind's eye has a calm poise and dignity. Madeleine rather scurried and hunkered about the stage, often appearing to cower up to Rochester and frequently losing control of her emotions.
And speaking of hunkering, a certain respect is due to all the cast for the amount of climbing they did. The set was a bizarre and somewhat ugly contraption made up of wooden ramps, platforms and numerous metal ladders, surrounded by white drapes. It looked a lot like we'd caught the Theatre Royal during a spot of decorating. The cast clambered around like monkeys for over three hours, travelling in endless circles up and down the steps. In fact, I rather feel like when I close my eyes to go to bed this evening I'll be seeing people climbing ladders in my dreams!
The music was something else, with an on-stage band serving up everything from Mad About the Boy when Jane first feels a twitch of feeling for Rochester (also a nod to his first wife Bertha's mental state) to Gnarls Barkley's Crazy. This was stunningly performed by Melanie Marshall, but to me still seemed to jar.[...]
All in all it was a thought-provoking performance, but as a die-hard Brontë fan I would have done a few things differently. (Jade Beecroft)
While The Sydney Morning Herald gives 4 stars out of 5 to the cinema-screened production.
Cookson's Jane is played by Madeleine Worrall and her performance in idiomatic Yorkshire is full of detail and a broad spectrum of dramatic intensities. And Felix Hayes as Rochester has a masculine swagger and growling darkness mitigated by a roughness and freshness which suggests the young man behind the ogre-ish mask.
But this is very much an ensemble production and Cookson turns it into a rich and strange coming together of fringe-inflected theatre and a resonant projection of a classic.
The stage has a few high, wooden benches and long ladders from which a world of magic and realism (but with the latter predominating) are summoned up.
The movements of dogs and horses are abstractly but graphically delineated. Snatches of rock music and hymns are sung. There's plenty of chanting and swooping and improvisational group work but the overall effect is one of discipline and dramatic coherence.
Cookson creates a powerful simulacrum of Charlotte Brontë's world with a strong emphasis on the exotic torments of childhood. And her actors led by Worrall as Jane are convincingly childlike.
This Bristol Old Vic Jane Eyre is clearly the fruit of a passionate collective inner journey. Cookson and her cast have gone deep into the subtextual grandeurs and desolations of this extraordinary family romance but then come back to the rhythms and understatements of Brontë's very powerful dialogue. The effect is a bit of a revelation, like removing the varnish and dirt of an old painting. Jane Eyre seems new minted. (Peter Craven)
Another review can be read on Theatre Girl Blog.

Still on the stage, as the Post-Chronicle reviews the play The Moors.
Emily Brontë gets a severe make-over in “The Moors,” a grimly funny new play by Jen Silverman that is currently enjoying its world premiere at the Yale Repertory Theatre. This is one of those typical love-it-or-loathe productions of which the New Haven Theatre is famous (infamous?). It is here that I found myself once again asking, “If not at Yale Rep, then where?” [...]
The period recalls and simultaneously sends-up the novels of the Bronte sisters with wicked glee. In essence, Jen Silverman has produced her own warped version of “Wuthering Heights” and “Jane Eyre” with a dash of “Carrie”, a dollop of “Rebecca” and a spoonful of “American Idol” tossed in for good measure. So what’s it all about? Silverman has several ideas percolating here including the rise of female empowerment and the ugly temptation of fame. But it also seems to be about an embittered working class and their attempt to subvert and destroy their superiors. “The Moors” is obviously a play that could benefit from more than one viewing. (Tom Holehan)
The Telegraph features the new season of TV series Happy Valley, created and directed by Sally Wainwright. Her next project is mentioned in passing:
Wainwright is now in pre-production for To Walk Invisible, a BBC film about the Brontë sisters and their relationship with their brother, which she wrote and will direct. Haworth, the Brontës’ home, is near where she grew up. (Jessamy Calkin)
Fangoria has a Q&A with Mia Wasikowska about Crimson Peak.
Fngoria: Having done a few films based on period literature, was that something you’d been enthusiastic about before you took those roles?
Mia Wasikowsk: Yeah, I really like those Gothic novels. You know, Guillermo puts everybody to shame when he starts talking about that literature, but I did like the Brontë sisters, and then I read Frankenstein and The Turn of the Screw on this film, and gained a wider appreciation of the genre. (Michael Gingold)
The Mary Sue reviews the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:
The oddest thing about P&P&Z, however, might be the visual approach to the material. Austen’s material always has a summery, pastoral quality, even when the narrative has tragic elements. Considering the best Austen films, there’s a vibrancy to the sad Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion that just works with her language, and there are moments when the film plays into that, but those moments are brief before clouds roll by and things look more like the Brontë sisters’ world than Austen’s. Why not tell a zombie story that comes to its climax in the daylight with flowers and sunshine? That would have at least been visually interesting for a zombie movie. (Lesley Coffin)
The Independent reports on the latest goings-on in the 'world of books':
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Royal Society of Literature has asked some of its fellows to name their scariest literary moments.
Hilary Mantel chooses the moment in Jane Eyre after Rochester asks her, “You don’t turn sick at the sight of blood?”
This columnist from The Hindu tells about his ideal vacation.
There’s so much to do. Maybe I’ll people-watch (definitely some form of communion). Or, when in a less sociable mood, maybe I’ll do Brontë-ish things like walk the moors with Bill Sikes’ bull terrier racing ahead. Ahead lies a cliff, a sheer drop, and when I look down, I’ll see an umbrella bouncing on the waves. The outside is black, the inside has a plaid pattern. I don’t know whose it is, but somebody must have had a black-and-plaid umbrella snatched away by these wild winds. And oh, a Cornish sunset. I don’t know what that’s like, but I imagine that will go well with this scenario. Think about it, this is a museum too. It’s Heathcliff’s museum. This is where he walked, that is where he spied on Cathy. What do you mean he’s not real? I first met him when I was in school, when no one knew what it meant to wuther. (Baradwaj Rangan)
Not your regular vacation either - the possibility of staying in the real-life room with the window through which Lockwood saw Cathy's ghost. Recommended by Express among other Brontë-related things to do in Brontë country. Spinning a corn-free yarn posts about Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea. Gloria's Blog reviews very positibely, All Hallows at Eyre Hall: The Breathtaking.

We are terribly saddened by the news of the death of writer Margaret Forster last Monday. The Evening Standard quotes her on being a writer.
Goodbye, Margaret, the reluctant ‘legend’
Farewell to Margaret Forster, novelist, Evening Standard book reviewer — and all-round “legendary girl”, according to fellow Cumbrian Melvyn Bragg.
Paying tribute to Forster on Radio 4’s Front Row last night, Bragg recalled hearing of her first as a “legend. I lived 10 miles away and there was this legendary girl in Carlisle called Margaret Forster, there really was!”
Forster, though, who died yesterday aged 77, would have had no time for eulogies. Uninterested in publicity, she told Desert Island Discs in 1994 that, growing up,  “I didn’t know such things as writers existed … I never thought of a writer as being a job or indeed of writers being alive. In some way,  I thought all writers were dead — you know, your Dickens, your Austens, your Brontës.”
RIP.
Several Brontë alerts for today, February 10:
The Huddersfield Literature Festival and Kirklees Libraries present
Wednesday, 10 February
Mirfield Library, 7pm

Patrick: Father of the Brontës, by Colin Pinney

Colin Pinney, takes on the guise of the Reverend Patrick Brontë to reveal the story of Branwell Brontë and his famous sisters: Charlotte (Jane Eyre), Emily (Wuthering Heights) and Anne (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall). The performance includes the Brontës' comments on each others works and springs a few surprises. 
In Indooroopilly, Australia:
Wednesday, 10 February | 10:30 – 11:30am
Indooroopilly Library
Charlotte Brontë: Her 200th birthday year

Enjoy the wonderful world of literature through a series of talks with Susannah Fullerton, one of Australia’s best-known literary lecturers. Susannah brings to life the lives and writing of great novelists and poets in her fascinating lectures. Susannah is President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, the largest literary society in the country and Patron of the Kipling Society of Australia. 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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The most romantic line in film and television has been voted and it is from Emma Thompson's wonderful - and Oscar-winning - adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. However, a line from Wuthering Heights got some votes, too. From The Telegraph and Argus:
The words “My heart is, and always will be, yours” from Sense And Sensibility have been voted the most romantic line from romantic literature, film and TV drama.
They are uttered by Edward Ferrars to Elinor Dashwood in director Ang Lee’s 1995 screen version of Jane Austen’s classic novel.
The line, which is from Emma Thompson’s Oscar-winning screenplay, was the top choice of 2,000 British women who were polled for the TV channel Drama.
It gained 16% of the vote, placing it ahead of heart-melting moments from Dirty Dancing, Titanic, Wuthering Heights, When Harry Met Sally, Notting Hill, Ghost, Far From The Madding Crowd, Love Actually and Pride And Prejudice. [...]
Emily Brontë’s line “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same” from Wuthering Heights took fifth place and received 10% of the votes.
The list was created as the Drama channel launches its Leading Man Weekend for Valentine’s Day.
The press release with the release has been published by many other websites.

More romance (and more references to both Austen and Brontë) as Jezebel discusses the craft of their love stories.
This is the way adaptation plays out: Person A comprehends some information about person B’s nature from what B says or does, and that changes how A approaches her afterward. It sounds simple, but I think it’s very difficult to write and nearly impossible to write well. Almost no one tries. Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte each did this over and over. [...]
Charlotte Bronte takes us a step deeper. Jane Eyre uses almost every potential complexity of the adaptability technique and uses it to paint characters not only vividly but even luridly. Both Jane and Mr. Rochester are moving targets: neither of them settles into a single set of characteristics. They always have a restless connection. In other words, the attraction Waldman describes as based in character doesn’t always lead to respect or an ideal marriage, it can also lead to big, off-kilter, bizarre and thrilling love—it has no less of the dirty force of love based in other, male-valorized qualities. Where Austen might be making a pattern for all love, the way marriage ought to be, Bronte uses the adaptation technique to make her characters and their connection idiosyncratic. [...]
It’s not everywhere in the canon. It isn’t in the work of George Eliot, Woolf, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, or Dickens; however romantic and psychological they are, those authors use other methods. Where the free indirect discourse of Flaubert, the minimalism of Hemingway and maximalism of Nabokov are often credited with marking the great countries on the map of modern literary fiction, I think the geniuses of the adaptable character are under-praised. Brontë and Austen are often lauded, of course, but for irony, psychology and free indirect discourse: rarely for the scale of this achievement. (Catherine Nichols) (Read the full article)
Norra Skåne (Sweden) features the Malmö stage production of Jane Eyre and interviews cowriter Anna Azcárate.
Anna har vänt och vridit på verket och tycker det finns många saker hon skulle kunna säga om det. Som att det är det perfekta verket att spegla sig i ur ett feministiskt perspektiv för att se den blinda fläcken i vår samtid. Eller att behovet av klassiker inte är svårare än att ett barn vill höra favoritsagan om och om och när barnet blir större får sagan olika prismor.
– Men jag ska inte sticka under stol med att det också är en förbaskat spännande berättelse, tung och maffig, med sagans alla stora element. Och jag är mycket en berättare.
Och den som älskar sin Jane Eyre kommer att känna igen sig.
– Absolut. Jag ser ingen mening med att återskapa Jane Eyre som en ny berättelse.
Några av kvinnorollerna spelas av män. Finns det någon speciell mening i det?
– Inte mer än att skådespelarna är väldigt duktiga och bra på att vara gränsöverskridande. Och det handlar om resurser när många karaktärer ska bakas ner till sju skådespelare, säger Anna Azácarate. (Yvonne Erlandsson) (Translation)
Sveriges Radio (Sweden) has interviewed actress Natalie Sundelin, who plays Jane.
Jane Eyre befinner sig i en värld full av konventioner och oskrivna uppförandekoder. Men hon är befriande fri från koketteri, sarkasm och självutplånande humor, menar regissören Anna Ascarate.
Hon är på något vis en tidig feminist, innan begreppet riktigt fanns. Hennes starka röst, självaktning och självrespekt gör henne angelägen idag.
- Det finns ett ögonblick när Jane säger "men är det inte märkligt att vi kvinnor skulle förväntas vara mer stillsamma än män?". Det där embryot, den lilla spröda starten till en feministisk teoribildning, just ögonblicket när den unga Jane reflekterar över att vi förväntas vara olika, det är så vackert - ett av de ögonblicken under repetitionerna när jag fått kontakt med ett riktigt feministiskt tilltal. (David Richter) (Translation)
More articles on the play The Moors mentioning the Brontës:
[Playwright Jen] Silverman first read Gothic classics Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights when she was young, and she revisited the titles while studying comparative literature at Brown University. While those novels—with their trappings of mystery, melodrama, murder, and longing—may have influenced The Moors, Silverman did not want her play to seem like a literary or historical adaptation. “That’s the reason we have the actors speaking in an American accent,” she explains. “This is a very contemporary and American play, and to those ends the moors represent something more than what they are.”
Silverman was inspired by the letters Charlotte Brontë wrote about daily household life on the Yorkshire moors. “The sense of location permeated the letters [and] emerged as a character,” says Silverman. “It mesmerized me and it made me think about how people condition themselves against such a bleak and unworldly landscape, and how that relative inhospitality offers a kind of permission—particularly for women—to let them dream in a way they might not otherwise." (Frank Rizzo on American Theatre)
La región de Inglaterra, conocida como Moors o Mooreland  [sic]está ubicada en North York y compuesta por vegetación mas bien de altas hierbas y pequeños arbustos, en la que hay frío y mucho viento. Esta área del país ha inspirado numerosas obras novelísticas famosas que se desarrollan en esta región, entre ellas están Wuthering Heights de Emily Bronte, y Arthur Conan Doyle, el famoso creador de Sherlock Holmes, en su popular obra The Hound of the Baskervilles, ambas llevadas al cine. (Bessy Reyna on Identidad latina) (Translation)
SBS (Australia) reviews the film The Choice.
When it’s charting Gabby and Travis’s steadily growing attraction, The Choice is light and lovely. A laid-back vet with a lake house and a grill isn’t exactly Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, but Walker brings a slight, pursed edge to Travis’s languid drawl – not so much as to make him brood, but just enough to draw us in. (Bilge Ebiri)
And it's back to Brontë mentions connected to Crimson Peak now that it's coming out on DVD. From Slant Magazine:
So precisely defined is every aspect of Allerdale Hall's physical decay that even the people who dwell within it feel more like conduits for the manse's soul than independent agents. If Wasikowska's surprisingly fortitudinous naïf is meant to recall Jane Eyre, Hiddleston's version of Rochester comes not from Charlotte Brontë's classic tome, but the revisionist version found in Wide Sargasso Sea, a feckless brute who maintains a veneer of respectability just long enough to nab a wife he can exploit to boost his own faded status. Hiddleston's best performances always hint at a bit of sleaze beneath a show of welcoming charm, and the hunger that fills Thomas's eyes whenever talk of money arises lays bare the sham of his romance from the start. (Jake Cole)
Inspired by the release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Independent thinks of more literary mash-ups 'we need to see' (do we really?).
Whatever happened to Baby Jane Eyre?
Charlotte Brontë’s novel is one of our favourites, but this dark masterpiece comes unstuck with its ersatz happy ending “Reader, I Married Him” business. But reader, what if, it were to make good on its gothic potential by taking a leaf out of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford’s 1962 camp classic?
To wit: Jane didn’t marry that lying bully Rochester but instead she and the attic-bound Mrs Rochester together started a fire to dispose of him.
However when we catch up with the pair a few decades later, their relationship has soured; with Jane having locked Bertha in the attic once more for thwarting her marriage hopes all those years ago, this increasingly deranged recluse stalks the house in her ragged governess’s uniform. But what’s Bertha plotting? Cue a battle of divas like nothing the 19th century has ever seen. (Hugh Montgomery)
The News section of the Illinois State University brings back an article from 2012 wondering whether you can actually die of a broken heart.
A broken heart: The very idea has graced the arts for centuries – from Romeo and Juliet to Wuthering Heights and Downton Abbey. Yet can someone actually perish from the sadness of a lost love? Can a heart break? [...]
“There is a famous scene in Wuthering Heights where Catherine tells Nelly, ‘I am Heathcliff,’” quotes Professor of English Cynthia Huff, who is the Department of English expert on Victorian literature. “There is this idea that Catherine and Heathcliff are conjoined, and they literally cannot exist without each other.”
According to Huff, the idea of oneness is celebrated in the Victorian “Cult of Sensibility,” that uplifts emotions (or sensibility) over sense. “The original notion was to keep sense and sensibility in balance,” said Huff, “but with the ‘Cult of Sensibility,’ strong emotions held sway.”
Though Catherine dies wasting away after giving birth to a child, Huff said her students are rarely forgiving of the Heights’ heroine. “They usually call her a drama queen,” said Huff with a laugh. “She refuses to eat. She refuses to sleep. When she dies, is it a broken heart? Is it Catherine making herself ill? Is she an early anorexic? Clearly, Brönte [sic] wants us to know she is suffering.”
Huff noted another character in Wuthering Heights, Hindley, could be said to die of a broken heart. “Hindley becomes increasingly self-destructive. He is an alcoholic, who drives himself further into his vices of drinking and gambling.” (Rachel Hatch)
The Week lists '10 endearingly weird snow words', one of which is by Charlotte Brontë.
5. onding
"It was a very grey day; a most opaque sky, 'onding on snaw,' canopied all; thence flakes fell at intervals, which settled on the hard path and on the hoary lea without melting."
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, 1869 [sic]
The Scots gifted us with onding, a heavy and continuous rain or snow. Onding also refers to breathing or smelling as well as a figurative onslaught or noisy outburst. (Angela Tung)
An alert from Garden City, NY:
 I will say that everyone in town is reading these days and the ladies who belong to the American Association of University Women's reading group will tackle Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” on Tuesday, February 9th 1 p.m. The book ws published in 1847 and probably read by most people as I know I read it in High School. You just might want to read it again as we look at things in a different light as we progress through the years. Its really amazing how we remember or do not remember things from years ago. (Garden City News)
Plymouth Herald has selected the five best love stories in fiction, including Wuthering Heights. According to Librópatas (Spain), Catherine Lowell's The Madwoman upstairs is the perfect novel to read in the 'Brontë year' (we wonder why not an actual Brontë novel though). Abby King discusses love in Wuthering Heights and Great Expectations. Medusa Was Framed posts about the Red Room scene in Jane Eyre.