Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016 11:40 am by Cristina in , , , , , , , ,    No comments
The California Aggie asks a couple of English professors about books read in college.
Professor Elizabeth Miller: [...]
Book that I wish I had read (earlier) in college:
“If I had to choose the one book that I read in college that affected me most, it would definitely be Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre (1847), which I read for the first time during a class [on the Brontë family] in the fall of my senior year. That was the book that set me on the path to becoming a feminist critic, and the book that set me on the path to becoming a scholar of Victorian literature. I was amazed by the rawness of Brontë’s language, the passion of her feminist indignation and the novelty of a small, plain and homely heroine. I can remember blazing through the first half of that book, reading as though the book was on fire, with a speed and an intensity of concentration that my brain seems no longer capable of today!” (Pari Sagafi)
We would hazard that every Brontëite's first read of Jane Eyre was like that.

TV3 (Ireland) features actress Rose McGowan and one of her projects.
"I would ultimately like to have my own distribution company for women, and platform for women - and not just to sit there and b**ch about stuff," she says in a new Talkhouse Film podcast. "All those women who are deeply brainwashed in Hollywood, they too have access to money. They need to wake up... They are not serving their sisterhood."
And she already has a first project in mind: "I want to make a movie that puts together Gaslight, Jane Eyre - the Mrs. Rochester character, who's locked in the attic - and Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca.
"I want to put together all three women, who are all these tropes - that you're supposed to believe they're mad because they're unattractive or they're not good, and I want to change that and flip that on its ear."
Maureen Corrigan reviews the book Moonglow by Michael Chabon on KCBX FM.
The deathbed scene. Literature provides no greater opportunity for melodrama, windy speeches and schmaltz than the moment when a character who's fading away fast decides to use precious last breaths to talk. The morbid Victorians in particular loved these set pieces. Dickens' Little Nell, Cathy in "Wuthering Heights," Helen Burns in "Jane Eyre" - all of them went a-gabbing (ph) into their good nights. But Michael Chabon, for all his expansive storytelling gifts, is no Victorian.
And The Guardian reviews Himself by Jess Kidd in which
 is the marvellous creation of Merle Cauley, a balding, foul-mouthed former actor, who claims to have been the muse of JM Synge. With her late fiance, Johnnie, keeping a wistful, ghostly watch over her, Mrs Cauley, together with sidekick Bridget (Emily Brontë crossed with Annie Oakley), becomes Mahony’s champion and his abetter in the quest for justice for Orla. (Catherine Taylor)
The New York Times goes exploring at a Japanese superstore in New Jersey but the Brontë-related find turns out to be not-so-exotic.
At an adjacent store, Little Japan USA, there are adult-size Pokémon costumes and kawaii (a Japanese term for “cute”) collectibles, like adorable, blush-cheeked stuffed animals and big-eyed little girls on lunchboxes, pajamas and socks. A bookstore, Kinokuniya, has a bonkers collection of Japanese DVDs, manga (Japanese comic books or graphic novels), anime posters and Studio Ghibli jigsaw puzzles. How about a “Wuthering Heights” coloring book? If asked where you got it, a Japanese store in New Jersey sounds pretty exotic. (Julie Besonen)
Interesting Literature lists a poem by Emily Brontë among other '10 Very Short English Poems by Female Poets'
Emily Brontë, I know not how it falls on me. The author of Wuthering Heights also wrote some of the finest short poems of the Victorian era. This eight-line lyric, which concludes our pick of eight short Emily Brontë poems in the link provided, is about feeling miserable and despairing, and then feeling guilty about feeling miserable and despairing, because it’s a lovely day and the weather’s fine and you know you should be glad of such things.
Country Life's Book of the week is The Roy Strong Diaries 1988–2003.
there is plenty of comedy, often at Sir Roy’s expense: when he sits for a portrait by Lord Snowdon, the result ‘was a cross between Heathcliff and a rent boy in old age, but, as Tony said, “there’s the cover for your next book”’. (Michael Hall)
The Courier Mail (Australia) shows a house in Yeerongpilly which feels apparently 'straight out of a Brontë novel'.

Finally, an alert for later today in Ibiza (Spain), as reported by Diario de Ibiza.
La profesora y exdiputada Marian Suárez cerrará este jueves a las 20 horas en la Sala Villangómez de la biblioteca de Can Ventosa el ciclo de conferencias 'Tardes d'història, tardes de literatura' con la charla 'De les germanes Brontë a María Teresa León: escriptores pioneres'. (Translation)


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