Bradford Literature Festival pays tribute to the Brontës with a series of events, including a quiz, heritage trail and beginners’ guide. (...)The Lytham St Annes Express talks about the summer season of outdoor plays at Lytham Hall:
Next month’s festival looks at how the Brontës’ lives and work continue to inspire writers, artists and film-makers today, with their spirit living on through themes of fairness and equality of class, race, gender that remain relevant.
Playwright, author and critic Bonnie Greer, who is president of the Brontë Society, leads a discussion on race and gender in Brontë novels. (...)
Also on the panel are Juliet Barker, former curator of the Brontë Parsonage Museum; John Bowen, a professor of 19th century literature; Rebecca Fraser, author of a feminist biography of Charlotte Brontë; and journalist Boyd Tonkin, who has judged the Booker Prize. The panel’s critical exploration of race and gender within Brontë novels looks at the context of the age they lived in and highlights the relevance of their work today.
Bonnie Greer and Boyd Tonkin will also join Tamar Yellin, writer of Kafka in Brontëland, for a panel discussion called Inspired by the Brontës looking at the legacy of the sisters’ novels and how their memorable characters, landscapes and themes of passion, danger, and the redemptive power of love continue to inspire. (...)
Ann Dinsdale, the museum’s collections manager, will discuss key objects from the Brontës' Haworth home and tell the fascinating story of the development of the Brontë Society’s collection over a special afternoon tea at Bradford’s Midland Hotel.
If you’ve yet to discover the literary siblings’ work, Brontës for Beginners is a whistle-stop guide by Susan Newby, education officer at Brontë Parsonage Museum, offering an introduction to the family.
Also, a heritage tour led by join Brontë enthusiast Christa Ackroyd covers significant sites on a vintage bus. (Emma Clayton)
Chapterhouse Theatre Company will launch the season and their own summer tour with Richard Main’s production of Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre, adapted for the stage by Laura Turner, at the Hall on Sunday, June 14, at 6pm. (...)It has been a long time since we knew nothing about the Rochester comic project illustrated by Ramon Perez. On io9:
Julian [Wilde] says audiences can look forward to some first-class acting in this summer’s programme.
“Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester in Charlotte Brontë’s novel and Petruchio and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew are all very strong characters and I am very much looking forward to the tensions of their dialogue,” he said.
Boom Studios’ retelling of Jane Eyre from Rochester’s perspective still isn’t out, but that didn’t stop Fox 2000 from grabbing the rights to it in 2013. Heck, they actually got the rights from Archaia, before Boom even bought them. Crazy. (Rob Bricken)The new editorial team of The Oxford Student lists their favourite books:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë As I stepped into the threshold of Wuthering Heights, into the depths of Emily Brontë’s tempestuous world, I found myself in the midst of a heated love relationship bordering on insanity. Charlotte’s Jane Eyre does indeed seem to be widely read, but this certainly puts up a fight. The settings are well-developed to reflect an ominous atmosphere that overshadows the entire novel, and Brontë’s language skillfully explores the psyche of her characters. This is certainly an essential for any erudite bookshelf. (Marcus Li)Hadley Freeman vindicates Gilbert Blythe, from Anne of the Green Gables, as a real literary hero in The Guardian:
The Anne of Green Gables male lead is a unique feminist dreamboat whose boots Darcy, Heathcliff and all other rivals in classic novels are unfit to tie. (...)Bustle lists (verbatim) 'Trees In Literature That We Wish We Could Read A Book Under For Arbor Day':
Gilbert is an unusual male character in a novel ostensibly aimed at women, in that he is not utterly ridiculous at best and completely hateful at worst. I read Anne of Green Gables around the same time I started reading the works of Jane Austen, the Brontës, Louisa May Alcott, Daphne du Maurier, Margaret Mitchell, George Eliot and all the classic novels adolescent girls who love reading eventually come to read. (...)
It is often noted how little attention is given to female characters in pop culture aimed at men (which is to say, most pop culture). But the same can be said in reverse, including of literature that is largely read by girls and women. Austen never seemed very interested in her male characters beyond what financial security they could provide for her heroines, while the Brontës were incapable of writing male characters who were much more than overheated adolescent fantasies.
Just after Rochester, Jane’s employer and the master of Thornfield, proposes to Jane underneath the horse-chestnut at the bottom of the orchard, the exact same tree gets hit by lightning in the middle of the night, splitting it directly in half. Coincidence? I think definitely, definitely not. However, I’m still not sure if the splitting represents both Jane and Rochester together or just Rochester. If it’s the two of them, Jane is surely the part that splits away (as she runs from Rochester’s temptation). However, Rochester later compares himself to the torn tree and Jane to a plant. I wish Charlotte Brontë could just tell us the truth. (Becky Schultz)Ipswich Star asks several local writers about their favourite novels. Nicci Gerrard chooses:
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë: I read this first as a teenager and was bowled over by it – not just because it was so romantic (like the first, great, Mills and Boon), or so Gothic, but because of the voice of Jane, this plain, small, stubborn, unseen and passionate woman carrying a volcano beneath her calm surface. (Steve Russell)
Countless novels have had memorable sequels, either by their own author or those who purloin their characters. But, with the exception of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, where she takes Charlotte Brontë's "madwoman in the attic" in Jane Eyre and creates a politically electrifying account of who this woman was, I can't think of many outstanding prequels.Even in New Zealand, on the Wanganui Chronicle, we can find a Poldark-is-Heathcliff reference:
The captivating, swarthy and handsome Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) brought into play all the roiling passions that were a little reminiscent of Heathcliff in Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering Heights.Bath Chronicle reviews The Lost Child by Caryl Phillips:
Hackney Gazette reviews the performances of the play Bridlington by Peter Hamilton:
We focus on the delicate Wuthering Heights-obsessed Ruth (Julia Tarnoky). Pacing the wards with a dog-eared copy of the Brontë classic in hand, she witters through an infectious logorrhoea; aided by good hearted, yet exaggerated, gesticulation. (Greg Wetherall)FFT recalls a curious event at the recent Cúirt International Festival of Literature:
Food done well is as much of an art form as literature. The two made a happy marriage at Kai Café and Restaurant, Galway on Tuesday April 21st, as it hosted a Literary Supper on the opening night of the city’s Cuirt International Festival of Literature. (...)Jornal do Campus (Brazil) talks about gender equality:
Each was to be accompanied by a relevant reading. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck inspired the prosecco with frozen grapes. Bubbles never fail to get people happy and they were smiling as they were presented with the oysters, pickled mussels and silver darlings called Wuthering Heights. The oysters were native. They’re more expensive, of course, but that ozone flavour is like none other. All they needed was ice and lemon, and that’s all they got.
“Tem-se a crença de que as mulheres, em geral, são bastante calmas, mas as mulheres sentem a mesma coisa que os homens”, disse Jane Eyre, personagem-título do romance de Charlotte Brontë, publicado em 1847. Volto tanto no tempo, pois, perante os casos de violência contra mulheres, recentemente denunciados na USP, a fala ousada da heroína ainda se mostra fundamental. Infelizmente, os quase 170 anos que nos separam da obra de Brontë parecem míseros dias, e precisamos lembrar constantemente que mulheres possuem sentimentos e vontades, assim como homens. (Translation)Libération (France) is also concerned about the absence of female writers in French curriculum:
«Des auteures féminines ne sont pas suffisamment étudiées, mais il ne faudrait pas essayer de chercher une parité qui ne peut pas exister, poursuit Romain Vignest. Si l’on va chercher des écrivains de second ordre[pour obtenir la parité, ndlr], on va atteindre le but inverse de celui que l’on cherche.» Difficile, cependant, de qualifier d’écrivains de second ordre des figures littéraires telles que Marguerite de Navarre, Mary Shelley, Edith Wharton ou les sœurs Brontë. (Elsa Maudet) (Translation)But the Washington Post thinks that the problem is the absence of non-white writers in the reading world:
In 2014, I decided that for the entire year, I would not read books written by white authors. My goal was to address the reading practices I developed growing up in Australia, where white authors have dominated the literary world. My high school reading list was filled with the “classics” — Shakespeare, Austen, the Brontes, Euripides — and well-known modern writers such as Margaret Atwood and T.S. Eliot. (Sunili Govinnage)The Inquirer and Mirror talks about pen names:
In 1846, the Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Anne and Emily published a collection of poetry under the pseudonyms Currer, Acton and Ellis Bell. Not only did the Brontës increase the likelihood of their work being published by writing under a male pseudonym, they also were protected from public scrutiny. “Authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice,” Charlotte Brontë noted in the posthumous editions of her sister’s work “Wuthering Heights” and “Agnes Grey”. The Brontë’s pen names preserved their initials and they also chose names that, at the time, were not considered overtly masculine. The sisters wanted their work to be taken seriously and not dismissed on the basis of gender.Le Figaro (France) talks about Kate Bush:
While their first foray into publishing their own works was unsuccessful (their collected book of poems sold only two copies) the sisters were undeterred and in 1847 their individual novels were published: “Wuthering Heights,” “Agnes Grey” and “Jane Eyre.” Charlotte’s debut and autobiographical novel, “Jane Eyre” was a great commercial and critical success and Currer Bell became the most celebrated author in England. This prompted rampant speculation about Currer; some critics believed that Currer was a woman due to the novels detailed passages about sewing while others believed the novel too good to have been written by a woman. In 1850, just five years before Charlotte’s death (Emily died in 1848 and Anne the following year), a local newspaper revealed her to be the author of the novel, “Jane Eyre”. (Adelaide Richards)
Elle possédait les armes pour connaître le même type de carrière, seulement elle a eu ce truc très anglais de s’effacer, de disparaître, sans chercher à capitaliser sur le succès. Il n’y avait pas de chanteuse comme elle, qui sache imposer sa féminité par la douceur et l’étrangeté, sans être uneriot grrrl. L’esthétique des sœurs Brontë, de l’Angleterre chevaleresque, les codes de la danse classique, du théâtre, du music-hall… Debbie Harry et Kate Bush sont mes premières idoles, l’Américaine délurée et l’Anglaise faussement sage qui n’a jamais sacrifié au mythe de la déglingue. (Hélène Guillaume quoting Olivier Nuc) (Translation)