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Thursday, June 16, 2011

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Katharine Quarmby includes Jane Eyre on her top 10 disability stories for the Guardian:
3. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë (1847)
A very interesting examination of disability being visited on Edward Rochester, "blind, and a cripple", as a "judgement" for the sin of keeping his first marriage to the "mad" Mrs Rochester a secret. One character says he would have been better off dead and Sir Edward tries to push his putative lover, Jane Eyre, away. But she marries him anyway, and describes his impairment as drawing them even closer together, and considers herself "supremely blest". Great stuff, although it's worth pointing out that the depiction of the first Mrs Rochester, Bertha, is one of the least positive descriptions of mental illness in English literature.
We hope that doesn't spoil the novel for the summer intern at ABC Newspapers, who introduces herself by mentioning that sh'e currently reading Jane Eyre, among others.

Books Live (South Africa) touches on a subject that most voracious readers will sympathise with: newly-acquired books awaiting shelving:
Craig Higginson’s The Landscape Painter, Michiel Heyns’ Ground Work and Rayda Jacobs’ Joonie, wait patiently for shelving along with Wuthering Heights, a recent bargain purchase, and Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, which I have finally come around to. (Karin Schimke)
The Independent brings up Wuthering Heights too in an article on 'How To Get In The Face Of A Teenager Who Has An Exam Tomorrow But You Wouldn't Know It'.
You will need: An exasperated air; a nagging tone of voice; a jabbing finger; a copy of Paradise Lost (or similar. Wuthering Heights works just as well, as does The Tempest). [...]
Next, using the exasperated air, ask something along the lines of: "Haven't you got English tomorrow?" If he comes back with "take a chill pill, Mum" do not. Chilling will ruin the flavour of the fight to come. Instead, bring yourself to a simmer, and add the nagging voice – John Lewis do good nagging voices, as do Debenhams – while brandishing Paradise Lost (or similar) and saying: "Shouldn't you be reading this?" (Deborah Ross)
The Daily Mash jokes about the Duke of Edinburgh's desert island discs, one of which would be Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights.

Barnes and Noble Review reviews H.G. Wells's 'highly autobiographical novel Tono-Bungay' where
To cement his new cultural identity as a connoisseur and patron of the arts, Uncle Edward acquires "The Sacred Grove: A Weekly Magazine of Art, Philosophy, Science and Belles Lettres." Wells reproduces a facsimile of the contents page of a typical issue. Articles include "A hitherto unpublished letter from Walter Pater" and a note on "Charlotte Brontë's maternal great aunt." (Michael Dirda)
Spoonfed remembers that Ruth Wilson was
was brilliant in the TV adaptation of Jane Eyre. (Adam Dolan)
Les Soeurs Brontë (in French) begins a series of posts on 'Jane Eyre's daughters', the first of which is Lily McEvoy, from Martine Desjardins's novel L’évocation. Bleeding Ugly gives an 8 to Jane Eyre while Life in my Shoes has loved April Lindner's retelling of the novel, Jane.

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