Friday, July 31, 2015

The Guardian talks about gender and writing:
And for a long time, in literature, there has been “a gender for fiction”, and that gender has been male. At least since Charlotte Brontë called herself Currer Bell, and Mary Ann Evans settled on George Eliot, female writers have taken male pen names in hopes that they will be taken more seriously by the reading public. In more recent times, the trend has been for successful authors to go genderless. Two of the world’s top-earning authors happen to be female and both go by their initials – JK Rowling and EL James.
As a matter of fact the names Currer, Ellis and Acton were chosen by the Brontës not to be obviously male, but to be ambiguous.

The Daily Mail presents one of the Brontë books for this August, Nelly Dean by Alison Case:
It's a brave author who strays into Brontë country, but American scholar Case has thrown herself wholeheartedly into her companion piece to Wuthering Heights.
Nelly Dean was housekeeper at the Heights and the novel's main narrator. Here, she sets about filling the gaps left by her original account of events, weaving 'a homespun grey yarn... among the bright-dyed and glossy dark threads of the Earnshaws and Lintons'.
This isn't false modesty, since Cathy and Heathcliffe are little more than bit players for much of the novel and their fireworks largely offstage.
Instead, the focus is on Nelly herself, her doomed love for her childhood sweetheart, Hindley, and her devotion to his son, Hareton, to whom she is nothing short of a mother.
There are a couple of daring twists along the way, but the tendency of Case's characters to talk in paragraphs makes for rather slow going.
Given that Nelly's tale extends to nearly 400 pages, you could be forgiven for feeling that a little more glossy darkness would perhaps not have gone amiss. (Stephanie Cross)
A charity walker in The Darlington & Stockton Times:
He will also be joined by friends and family for different stints of the journey which will see him walk along the Pennine Way and visit the home of the Brontë sisters before finishing the challenge with a drink in second Strathmore Arms with his wife, Maggie and children Amy and James. (Katie Richardson)
Keighley News informs that the Vintage Bus Tours are working all the summer (July & August) Sundays:
The Summer is here so we are now running steam trains every day until September.
The holiday period also marks the return of our vintage bus service, which connects Haworth station with Main Street, as well as to Oxenhope and Ingrow.
We know that our passengers really enjoy using the Rover tickets to travel on the tour, so this year we are running both a service on weekdays during the summer as well as tours around the Worth Valley linking Oxenhope station, Haworth village and Haworth station on summer Sundays.
Every Sunday in July and August, Vintage Bus Tours will operate between the three stops, the first service departing Haworth at 11.25am giving six round trips in all.
In addition, the Summer Orange timetable comes into operation for our weekday service when Vintage Bus Tours will operate throughout the week between Oxenhope, Haworth and Ingrow stations.
As well as the bus service included in the price of a railway Rover ticket, we are very pleased to announce that we are working with the Brontë Parsonage Museum to offer a discount for our passengers. (David Knights)
TES has published a top 100 list with the "fiction books all children should read before leaving secondary school – according to teachers":
13. Jane Eyre
15. Wuthering Heights
The Huffington Post gives reasons to read Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman:
Modern writers have struck gold taking classics like Gone with the Wind,Rebecca, Wuthering Heights and Little Women in improbable directions, one even garnering a Pulitzer. They've killed characters, taken liberties with everything from setting to sexual orientation and too often, though not always, embellished these tales with pedestrian plotting and insipid prose. (Loretta Bolger Wish)
The Sydney Morning Herald interviews Emma Stone about her role in the latest Woody Allen film, Irrational Man:
"I think maybe my thought for Jill's life is that she's grown up in this middle-class, very clean-cut family," she says. "It's almost like there is this craving for some toxic energy to come into her life because she so desperately doesn't want to be, you know, like everyone else in her town."
Isn't she just another bookish girl in love with Heathcliff? "The dark, quiet man you believe you can save? Yeah, but when somebody tells you they're crazy, you should probably believe them." As Oprah says, she adds. (Stephanie Bunbury)
The Gulf Today (UAE) talks about sacrifice and individualism and quotes from Wuthering Heights:
Therefore, the universal search for unity to ensure peace goes against the grain of human nature as we just found out. Yesterday was the birth anniversary of Emily Brontë whose protagonist Heathcliff powerfully underlines the primacy of the individual when he says, “God shall not get the satisfaction I will.”
Well, at same time we need peace and what is the solution?
Well, sacrifice. Your individual desires, your dreams, your pride, all need to be sacrificed in the larger interest of humanity. (Shaadaab S. Bakht)
Onislam talks about muslim education and quotes Jane Eyre:
Away from his widowed mother, his beloved grandfather, and his honorable family, he was left, far in the desert with a poor family to learn his language skills from their purest origins.
That was the first childhood memories of our prophet Muhammad-may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him, which has always sounded harsh to me as harsh as when little Jane Eyre was sent to Lowood Institution, and when Oliver Twist was misplaced in the workhouse. (Julunar)
Portadown Times announces the Chapterhouse Theatre's performances of Jane Eyre in Banbridge; Just Olga posts about the Brontës and briefly talks about the two Luccia Gray's Eyre Hall novels published so far.  Mousin' About publishes an original Jane Eyre illustration by Alison Mutton. Novel Conversations reviews Re Jane by Patricia Park. BookNotes and FootMarks has not enjoyed Jane Eyre as much as she expected.

Frock Flicks publishes a quite comprehensive post on Costumes in Wuthering Heights Movie & TV Adaptions


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