Saturday, August 15, 2020

Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:29 pm by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
We hope the Reclaim Her Name collection is achieving its purpose, but what we know for a fact is that it's spreading something that's simply not true about the Brontës. As seen on Bustle, for instance:
Women throughout literary history have resorted to using male pseudonyms in order for their work to be taken seriously. Many wouldn’t have had their books published at all had they not adopted a male alias. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë famously published some of their work under the male pen names of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. (Orla Pentelow)
The Brontës published ALL of their works under their pen names. Even The Professor, published posthumously, was attributed to Currer Bell. We think it was probably the fact that Elizabeth Gaskell published her Life of Charlotte Brontë that turned the tide for them.

The Nerd Daily has writer Amanda Sellet list her favourite tropes.
Arcane cultural references: Part of the reason I’ve always aspired to be well read is that I hate missing out on a joke—and it’s hard to enjoy a parody if you don’t have at least a passing acquaintance with the source material. I tried to write the punchlines in By the Book so they make sense with even a vague awareness of the type of stories Mary likes, but hopefully it’s extra funny if you get the specific references to Jane Eyre and so forth.
Some of my favorite comedic riffs on highbrow sources are Cold Comfort Farm (the book and the movie); Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series; Kate Beaton’s comics about the classics, including Nancy Drew; the brilliant essays in The Toast; Northanger Abbey; Monty Python sketches like “The Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights”; the entire Mel Brooks oeuvre; and This is Spinal Tap.
The Times' quiz for today includes a Brontë-related question:
4 Glynnis Fawkes is the author of the 2019 graphic biography Charlotte Brontë Before … which literary heroine? (Olav Bjortomt)
Keighley News features Haworth artist Diana Gagic who is the creator of The Brontë Colouring Book and others.
Diana Gagic has illustrated her own books about figures such as the Brontë sisters, Northern women, female artists and inspirational Scottish women.
Diana, who was born in Halifax but has spent most of her life in Haworth, took to writing after suffering at work due to chronic pain.
She said: "Rather than allowing this to hold me back I focused my energies positively in creating a range of empowering colouring books to highlight some inspirational women our history books forgot, as well as modern-day heroines.
"My unique educational colouring books are proving very popular in some wonderfully supportive local independent shops including Wave of Nostalgia in Haworth, the Grove Bookshop in Ilkley and Spirals in Hebden Bridge."
After deciding to create educational colouring and activity books on a feminist theme, she started out with The Brontë Colouring Book.
She said: "I wanted to highlight the stories of brave, pioneering women who overcame great adversities to follow their dreams.
"I hope to promote equality in an accessible format to help encourage new generations to strive fearlessly for their aspirations whatever they may be." (David Knights)
The Fiction Addiction posts about Re Jane by Patricia Park.


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