Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014 2:36 pm by M. in , , , , , ,    No comments
The Guardian follows The Pennine Way:
From here head north on Hebden Bridge Road to Haworth and leave the car in the village for the walk up to Top Withens, the lonely ruined farmhouse said to have been the inspiration behind local lass Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. It’s a short drive to Skipton, gateway to the Dales, from here.
The Elm (Washington College) is concerned about the disappearance of a program who takes students to North Yorkshire:
For 17 years the Kiplin Hall Program successfully took a group of Washington College students on a hiking adventure to discover the landmarks of literature. Unfortunately the program, led by Dr. Richard Gillin, director of the course and the Ernest A. Howard professor of English literature and Barbara Gillin, lecturer of English, may not continue for its 18th year.
Deep in the countryside of Northern England lies the historical house built by the forefather of Maryland, Lord Baltimore, and then restored by the University of Maryland. Kiplin Hall is centrally located around the national parks of England and points of interest of some of the most established poets and novelists.
Poets like Emily Brontë & Charlotte Brontë, William Wordsworth, and Seamus Heaney have close ties to the area. Dr. Gillin took advantage of the rich literary history of Northern England and decided in 1998 to take the classroom outdoors and stay in Kiplin Hall, upon the suggestion of then Board of Governors Chair and present Interim President Jay Griswold. (Emma Way)
To describe Emily Brontë as a poet is unexpected but not untrue. But Charlotte Brontë is clearly a novelist, although she wrote and loved poetry.

Vocativ looks for George Clooney's successor as Hollywodd's golden bachelor:
But the closest the Irish-German actor has come to a knee-weakening Clooney role is Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, perhaps literature’s only romantic hero who boasts both a horrible temper and a mentally ill wife hidden away in the attic (not that we don’t love Mr. Rochester, because of course we do). (Molly Fitzpatrick)
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune interviews the writer Maureen Corrigan:
Q: Are there other books that have captivated you in this way? Other books you reread?
A: Oh, I reread a lot of books. Many of the novels I love to reread are the 19th-century British classics: “Jane Eyre,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “David Copperfield,” “Great Expectations,” “Bleak House.” I’ve never read any other novel, though, anywhere close to the number of times I’ve read “The Great Gatsby.” (Laurie Hertzel)
The Belfast Telegraph discusses the novel The House Where It Happened by Martina Devlin:
The House Where It Happened is told from the perspective of the maid from said haunted house (Wuthering Heights springs to mind) and asks why the pious and pretty 18-year-old newcomer Mary Dunbar almost immediately started complaining about being tormented by eight local women she claimed were witches.
Wall Street Journal talks about the philosopher and psychologist (and brother of Henry James):
William James was, of course, the 15-months-older brother of the novelist Henry James, and the eldest of the five children—four sons and a daughter—of Henry James Sr. and his wife, Alice. The Brontës produced three sisters who all wrote remarkable novels, but no family that I know of, other than that of William and Henry James, produced two brothers who were geniuses in their own right yet vastly different from one another in the nature and style of their thinking. Which of the two brothers one admires more may tell a great deal about the cast of one's own mind. (Joseph Epstein)
Deseret News explores the modern concept of family on TV:
"If you're worried about what kids are going to take away, you need to talk about media literacy," [Philip] Sewell [ TV historian] said. "If you're reading 'Wuthering Heights,' you're hoping they don't come away just thinking that Heathcliff is all brooding and cool." (Chandra Johnson)
Sun-Sentinel South Florida gives voice to a high school student who has loved reading Jane Eyre:
A coming-of-age novel, “Jane Eyre” is not one to Spark Notes (coming from a girl who loves them), but a book to spend time with. Full of complexities and details that the overviews skip, “Jane Eyre” has rich scenic depictions, character development and a wonderful ending.
There are few school books that are actually enjoyable, most being mandatory reads, but “Jane Eyre” is one of them.
So when your school teacher tells you to pick up that heavy 500-plus-page book, grab a copy, start annotating and enjoy a great read.  (Maya Lubarsky)
(Which is the opposite view of thisrAchmass, by the way).

Susan Hill in The Times talks about the importance (or not) of gender in literature:
When it comes to classics and to literary fiction, gender is even more irrelevant. I read English at King's College London in the early 1960s, and as  far as i can recall no mention was made of the gender of the author. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, there were three Brontë novelists, George Eliot was a woman writing under a man's name, but no reference was made to any of this. We read book as books. 
Jornal Dia Dia (Brazil) talks (with a priceless blunder) about the II International Grand Dourados Neuroscience Symposium, where the inaugural conference was no other that O Morro dos Ventos Uivantes, a Neurobiologia do Amor e a  Metafísica Da Paixão (Wuthering Heights, a Neurobiology of Love and a Metaphysics of Passion) by Dra. Elisabete Castelon Konkiewitz.
Ao longo da palestra, a professora ainda analisou a obra literária "O Morro dos Ventos Uivantes", de Wuthering Heights, pseudônimo de Emily Brontë (!!!!!!!!). Para Elizabete, o romance lançou um questionamento às convenções da sociedade vitoriana. Emily Brontë coloca o amor como um imperativo urgente e pungente da natureza – e o desfecho trágico da obra aponta para a ideia de que quando a racionalidade trai a natureza selvagem do amor, há um preço a se pagar. (Translation)
The Huffington Post reviews The Fame Lunches by Daphne Merkin.


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