Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:01 am by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
You have probably heard of it by now - the profane letter a student taped to their English teacher's classroom and - here comes the good part - which the teacher returned full of corrections. What we didn't know is that the apparent reason was that they refused to read Wuthering Heights, at least according to sites like Business2Community and Inquisitr.

Clearly, the student in question wouldn't know whether to agree or not with this statement from The Daily Cardinal:
Wuthering Heights” may be depressing, brilliant and sometime pointless, but I’d be disloyal to my own gender if I didn’t want the demented-yet-so-yummy Heathcliff come wander on my moor. And plus I’d really like to be able to use that phrase in actual conversations. “My moor. Yes, I have a moor. With dramatic fog on it.” (Maham Hasan)
Neither would they get this reference from an article in defence of Captain America on Empire's Empire States:
Batman broods. We get it. Like Angel in Buffy and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, it’s part of his essence. Many superheroes, action heroes and sci-fi stars have troubled pasts that they sometimes like to reflect upon while staring handsomely into the distance. But does it feel to anyone else like maybe we have a few too many troubled heroes these days? And that maybe this whole dark, brooding, troubled, tortured thing has gone far enough? (Helen O'Hara)
Chicago Literature Examiner has an article on Jane Eyre.
The beloved character of Jane Eyre has taken on historic significance in English literature today. Charlotte Brontë's sensitive portrayal of Jane's persona reflects the endurance of a passionate yet humble beauty in astonishing defiance of the tyrannically oppressive Victorian era of the 1800’s. The autobiographic story is told from the protagonist's point of view in first person, and traces Jane's experience from her early traumatic days as a child in the care of Mrs. Reed, a wealthy but cruel aunt, to adolescence under the harshest of circumstances at Lowood orphanage where she is sent to live; and finally, to her ultimate destination at Thornfield castle as governess to the ward of her future husband to be, Edward Rochester, a then powerful man representing the tragically flawed establishment of the day. The novel's striking portrayal of Jane’s perseverance to survive reveals a seemingly miraculous spiritual strength that ultimately enables her to overcome the nearly impossible obstacles in her life. (Magdalene Paniotte) (Read more)
The Helsingborgs Dagblad reviews Claire Messud's The Woman Upstairs and mentions the influence of the madwoman in the attic:
Den galna kvinnan på vinden är en berömd litterär figur – ursprungligen syftande på Mr. Rochesters undangömda och mentalsjuka hustru i Charlotte Brontës ”Jane Eyre”, senare ett vidare begrepp som betecknar kvinnans dilemma i romantraditionen: bryter hon mot normer blir hon galen, och blir hon galen hamnar hon på vinden där hon och hennes tokerier göms undan och kvävs efter bästa förmåga. (Johanna Gredfors Ottesen) (Translation)
The Millions has asked several writers 'to share one or two little delights from their latest or forthcoming books':
Megan Abbott, The Fever:
For me, it was two things that found their way into my novel:
1) The mysterious weather of upstate New York, where I lived for a year, including lake effect snow and other meteorological oddities that struck me as more akin to Emily Brontë or Poe than to any experience I’d ever had in “real life.”. . . (Edan Lepucki)
The Brontë Parsonage Facebook page shows how they are getting ready for an upcoming private tour. @TheBrontesFilm on Twitter shares a picture of the Parsonage in the 1920s when it was still, well, just a parsonage with quite a history. The Story Girl posts about Wuthering Heights. Czytam, oglądam writes in Polish about Villette. The Children's and Teens' Book Connection has a guest post by Michaela MacColl, author of Always Emily, and a giveaway. Prismatic Prospects posts about Jane Eyre.


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