Thursday, December 17, 2020

Thursday, December 17, 2020 11:40 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
First of all, Routledge is looking for an editor for Brontë Studies:
A strange comparison in The Spectator courtesy of Tanya Gold:
If you were fixated on both Jane Eyre and baked goods, you would say brownies are the Mr Rochesters of baked goods — and these are perfect. . .
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is one of the 'Top 5 Books of 2020' for Erie Reader.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Horror, Historical Fiction // Del Rey // silviamoreno-garcia.com
Inspired by classics like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, Silvia Moreno-Garcia's new horror novel, Mexican Gothic, was a triumph in the book world this year. The novel takes place in 1950s Mexico and follows 22-year-old Noemí as she goes to investigate a mysterious letter she received from her newly married cousin Catalina. In this letter, Catalina claims to be seeing ghosts and believes that her new husband and his family are poisoning her. Noemí finds herself at High Place, the mansion of the once-wealthy Doyle family into which her cousin has married, and what follows is a horror masterpiece that will make any reader's skin crawl.
Moreno-Garcia puts so much emotion and passion into Noemí that it is difficult not to get swept up in this Gothic horror. With beautifully written prose and excellent character development, there's no guessing as to why Mexican Gothic was so widely admired this year and is being adapted into a Hulu series. (Ally Kutz)
Scroll (India) celebrated Jane Austen's birthday yesterday.
After her death, as often happens, sales of her books sagged. But forty years or more after her death, a critic, George Henry Lewes, a philosopher and literary and theatre critic, (later George Eliot’s partner) wrote an article on her in Blackwood’s Magazine celebrating her genius. He called her the “greatest artist who has ever written” and “a master of dramatic presentation”, second in this only to Shakespeare.
He persuaded both Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot to read all her novels. Neither of these writers were great admirers of Jane Austen, Charlotte being the bigger critic. “Miss Austen without poetry may be sensible...but she cannot be great”, she wrote. The next century would challenge this valuation of Charlotte Brontë’s, for FR Leavis, another important critic, included Jane Austen among the great writers of the English novel. [...]
It was said that without Jane Austen there would have been no George Eliot. In fact, because Jane Austen wrote the novels she did, the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, Mrs Gaskell could write the kind of novels they did. And while other writers of her times are mainly studied in colleges and universities, Jane Austen continues to be read for pleasure. There can be no greater accolade for a writer. (Shashi Deshpande)
This may be funny to viewers of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Vulture has a recap of season 1, episode 6:
 Can you even imagine being able to FaceTime Mary Cosby and choosing to not ask questions like whether her housekeeper wears scrubs by choice or if her grandma is actually upstairs, Jane Eyre–style, or how exactly those tithes work from a tax standpoint, or truly anything besides, “So, how about Jen?” (Olivia Crandall)
Practical Caravan recommends 'great British staycations' including some with literary connections:
 However, you don’t need to cross the Channel to follow the trail of a literary great. Britain has her fair share – the Brontë sisters in Haworth, Yorkshire, Jane Austen in Bath and Hampshire, Charles Dickens in London and Kent, Thomas Hardy in Dorset, Agatha Christie in Devon, and, of course, William Shakespeare in Warwickshire and London.

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