Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hula-hooping in drag

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Let's go today for really... out of the box stuff:

A Wuthering Heights hula-hoop act:
Ruccis Circus's Hula Hoop Class presents Wuthering Heights.
Performed in "Once upon a time" at the Burrinja Circus Festival.

And an Irish drag queen with the name Jane Eyre Square:
Jane Eyre Square is one of Ireland’s premium drag artists/female impersonators. Beginning her career in April 2009, she was the resident entertainer of Dignity Bar (Galway) and Wilde’s Bar (Galway) where she was head of the cabaret team, karaoke hostess, hen party hostess and DJ at both bars.  (...)
Jane Eyre Square collaborated with Manchester drag queens Billie Jean and Princess Jordan to host a Tgirl night called ‘Glamazon’ in May 2014 and later door hosted for Bar Pop on Canal Street. She also appeared on the main stage at the opening ceremony for Sparkle the transgendered celebration weekend.

Monday, August 21, 2017

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Keighley News discusses the recent work of Denise Salway, aka The Knitting Witch:
The Knitting Witch has created new woollen versions of the four famous Brontë siblings.
The renowned Welsh knitter has this time modelled her Brontë figures on the actors who played them in last year’s TV drama To Walk Invisible.
The Witch, alias Denise Salway, this week tweeted pictures of her latest creations to acclaim from Brontë fans across the world. (David Knights)
The Jakarta Post covers the panel for The Future is Feminist, an event held at the ASEAN Literary Festival:
Clara [Chow] urged woman to put their own versions out there to provide a counterargument to books that have patriarchal tendencies. She named Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë as an example of a woman who wrote a book to challenge the repressive views of that time. (Sharon Nadeem)
The Australian talks about the sixth episode of Taboo:
In this sixth episode of eight we can expect to learn more about Delaney’s mother — a tale reminiscent of the first Mrs Rochester in Jane Eyre — a Nootka native who married Delaney’s father but who was eventually sent to the Bedlam mental asylum. (Justin Burke)
PopSugar has a UK literary tour in 'gorgeous illustrations':
Haworth, Yorkshire: Brontë Country
The childhood home of the Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, is now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, giving you a look at the lives of the sisters responsible for classic novels like Jane Eyre, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and Wuthering Heights. (Gemma Cartwright)
The Inked Patch and Rapsodia Literaria (both in Spanish) continue vlogging/blogs about Jane EyreSerial Escape (in Italian) posts about Wuthering Heights. Dr. Charlotte Mathieson talks about her contribution to the book Charlotte Brontë: Legacies and Afterlives : "Brontë countries: nation, gender and place in the literary landscapes of Haworth and Brussels".
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To Walk Invisible has been published on DVD in France as
La Vie des Soeurs Brontë
Drame de Sally Wainwright avec Finn Atkins, Jonathan Pryce, Chloe Pirrie, Adam Nagaitis...
Audio : anglais, français
Subtitles : français, anglais
Région : 2
Studio : Universal
August 1, 2017

Découvrez l’histoire vraie et extraordinaire des soeurs Brontë, à l’origine d’œuvres littéraires historiques telles que Les Hauts de Hurlevent ou Jane Eyre.

Au coeur de l’Angleterre victorienne, les épreuves se succèdent dans la vie de Charlotte, Emily et Anne Brontë. Coincées chez elles avec peu d’opportunités d’avenir, elles supportent ensemble leur père Patrick et leur frère perturbé Branwell, qui a perdu pied. Pendant des années, les sœurs s’évadent dans leur monde imaginaire et fantastique fait d’histoires et de poèmes, sans même espérer être publiées un jour. La situation familiale se dégrade, mais Charlotte commence à voir l’écriture comme une réelle porte de sortie qui pourrait radicalement changer leur destin…
Onirik adds:
Ce téléfilm produit par la BBC pour les fêtes de fin d’années en 2016 arrive enfin en France. De nombreux extraits ont servi d’ailleurs pour le très beau documentaire de France 5, Une maison, un artiste, consacré aux soeurs et à leur domaine à Haworth, dans le Yorkshire. On y retrouvait aussi Stéphane Labbé, auteur du passionnant Les soeurs Brontë à 20 ans. Scénarisé et mis en scène par Sally Wainwright, elle-même originaire du Yorkshire, le téléfilm montre pour la première fois l’importance des jeux d’enfants de la fratrie sur la richesse de leur oeuvre. On peut regretter par contre que la partie de leur vie passée en Belgique ne soit pas développée. (Claire)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Nadia Clifford, Jane Eyre in the UK tour of the National Theatre production of Jane Eyre, in the Belfast Telegraph:
Actress Nadia Clifford screamed with delight when she was chosen to play Jane Eyre in an adaptation of the Charlotte Brontë novel. "I was in London's Soho at the time," she says, "and passers-by were shocked."
Only 20 minutes after her audition, Nadia had just received word that she had won the role in the production by the National Theatre, written by Sally Cookson, which is coming to the Grand Opera House, Belfast for a week from Monday.
"I'm a huge fan of the Brontë family," she explains. "This was a part in a drama adapted from a masterpiece that I have always wanted. I just had to cry out when I got the news on my phone.
"People did stop and stare, but it was a moment I'll never forget." (Eddie McIlwayne)
New Statesman reviews the novel Elmet by Fiona Mozley:
It is a hard life but, in Mozley’s telling, an enchanted one: rich and gamey with dark cuts of animals hunted for food, cider and roll-ups, singing till dawn and “skylarks on toast, almost whole, with mugs of hot, milky tea”. Daddy has built a fortress and a flawed paradise, in which Cathy – a mixture of Brontë-esque wilfulness (the name is surely no coincidence) and fearless warrior princess, with hair as “black as Whitby jet” and eyes “blue like the North Sea” – strives to protect her younger brother. (Catherine Taylor)
The Glearer lists several new books, including:
The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece by John Pfordresher — The Secret History of Jane Eyre expands our understanding of both Jane Eyre and the inner life of its notoriously private author. Pfordresher connects the people Brontë knew and the events she lived to the characters and story in the novel, and he explores how her fecund imagination used her inner life to shape one of the world’s most popular novels. By aligning his insights into Brontë’s life with the timeless characters, harrowing plot, and the forbidden romance of Jane Eyre, Pfordresher reveals the remarkable parallels between one of literature’s most beloved heroines and her passionate creator, and arrives at a new understanding of Brontë’s brilliant, immersive genius.
A new review of the play The Divide seen at the EIF 2017 in The Guardian:
There is one bright spark in the middle of Annabel Bolton’s production. Erin Doherty shines as the main reporter of the action: nearly always centre stage, though to the side of the main events. As she moves gawkily from childhood to young womanhood, she is utterly open but always wary. Burnished but unvarnished. She identifies with Jane Eyre – and makes you want to see her in the part. (Susannah Clapp)
The Sunday Leader (Sri Lanka) interviews the fashion designer Shenuki De Silva:
Can you talk about your favourite project to date?
Working on my signature collection for the final year is by far my favorite project. It was inspired by the famous literature ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Brontë. I’ve always wanted to do a collection based on a piece of literature so I went ahead with Wuthering Heights which had a lot of depth as a whole. It helped me create a great concept inspired by its melancholic nature mixed with Victorian fashion and where in order to create something modern in the design world.
 The Daily Telegraph (Australia) and bad boys:
Instead of picking the kind and caring (and a bit wussy) Edgar Lintons of this world, we opt for Heathcliff every time. I blame Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë, who conjured up the most romantic antihero of all time out of her imagination. She has a lot to answer for.
The Heathcliff effect can be the only explanation for why we’re seeing photos of Topshop heiress Chloe Green cavorting with “hot felon” Jeremy Meeks. (Kerry Parnell
Egypt Today talks about the novel مسك التل (Mesk Al Tal) by سحر الموجي (Sahar El Mougy):
In her novel Mougy discusses man-woman relationships in three different ages. She uses her contemporary character Maryam, a re-produced character of Catherin Earnshaw, the heroin of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Amina who is the famous female character of Naguib Mahfouz’s Trilogy.
The Sunday Times reviews History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund:
“ ‘What about governess? Oooh, let’s call you governess.’ She was laughing now. ‘That’s so much better. A babysitter would never be hired for Flora and Miles. You’ve read The Turn of the Screw? Or, a babysitter couldn’t fall in love with Mr Rochester, right? And be the heroine. Governess you are.’ ”
If 16-year-old Linda, the heroine of Emily Fridlund’s debut, History of Wolves, had read any book that wasn’t about dinosaurs, or the stars, or wolves, an “ominous signs” klaxon would have sounded by now. “Governess” summons memories of creepy children, faces at the window and mad Mrs Rochester in the attic in Jane Eyre. She should have suggested that Patra look after her odd, clingy son herself. Babysitter. Nanny. Governess. Witness. Accomplice. (Laura Freeman)
VideoGamer reviews among others The Beginner's Guide:
Just like Emily Brontë, games can make great use of unreliable narrators, some of whom actually change the events of the game as you're playing it and they're describing it. The narration in The Beginner's Guide misleads you quite egregiously, and is even more convincing because the narration is framed initially as just an opinion, and is delivered by Davey Wreden, who made it, as himself. (Alice Bell)
Passagi Silenti interviews the bloggers behind the Italian/English The Sisters' Room. AnneBrontë.org explores a tangential figure in the Brontë story, the Revered William Morgan.
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Today, August 20 in Malibu, CA:
2nd Concert on the Bluffs
August 20, 2017 @5pm
Malibu Bluffs Park
LA Philarmonic, Hollywood Bowl, Malibu Coast Chamber Players & NYC Ballet

One of the pieces of the program in 'Cathy's Theme' from the Wuthering Heights 1939 soundtrack by Alfred Newman. But not only that:
Newman’s husband, Scott Hosfeld, will once again take the baton as conductor. 
“That one has special meaning because Alfred Newman’s daughter, Maria Newman, who is well known to Malibu people--she’s a composer and violinist--will be playing her father’s piece,” Brickman described. “It’s as though she found a letter written by her dad. Imagine being that little girl who finds a letter from her late father. She’s going to be reading this letter back to him through her violin.”
 (Judy Abel in The Malibu Times)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Keighley News presents the upcoming novel by S.R. Whitehead, The Last Brontë:
Stephen Whitehead exposes the story of the Rev Arthur Bell Nicholls who he claims loved two of the sisters and revered a third.
In The Last Brontë he shows how death snatched away the young curate’s first love Anne and how he moved on to her sister Charlotte despite her initial dislike of him.
York Publishing Services said the book, out of September 5, dramatised one of the most extraordinary love stories in literary history.
The author, writing as SR Whitehead, details Arthur’s time in Haworth during the 1800s as the Rev Patrick Brontë’s right-hand-man. (...)
The Last Brontë is narrated by Arthur, as he bears witness to all the triumphs and tragedies of the Brontës’ adult lives.
Mr Whitehead spent 20 years at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, first as a member of staff and later on the Board of Trustees and as chairman of the museum committee. (...)
Rebecca Fraser, a biographer of Charlotte Brontë, described the novel as a wonderful imagining of Charlotte Brontë’s enigmatic husband. (David Knights)
Belfast News Letter interviews Nadia Clifford, Jane Eyre in the National Theatre touring production:
“We started the tour at the beginning of April and it has really progressed as we have gone on,” said Nadia. “The rehearsals were so intensive that I didn’t think the cast could get any closer but we definitely have,
“Before we started I had set the bar quite high for myself. I had put Jane on such a pedestal because she was a role model for me as a teenager.
“It can be difficult on such a long run because you have been through it so many times but every audience is different and that keeps it fresh, I keep changing my mind over which is my favourite scene. It’s like a river, it's the same river but it's always flowing.
“I am seeing so many other facets of Jane as we go along. Initially I saw the feminist and how outspoken she was. Those are the staple things people think of when they think about Jane. But I believe the humour and the dynamics of the relationships are really coming through as well.”
LinkIesta (Italy) complains about the absence of new Italian translations for classics and, in particular, Wuthering Heights:
Come stupirsi, allora, se di Cime tempestose gira ancora la traduzione vintage di Antonio Meo (1962, stampa Einaudi, mica Paperoga), mentre Rizzoli ripropone come una peperonata indigesta la versione ‘a zampa d’elefante’ (siamo nel 1978) di Enrico Piceni? Possibile che per i 170 anni dal capolavoro di Emily Brontë (che l’anno prossimo, per altro, compie 200 anni…) non si trovino i soldi per pagare una nuova traduzione? (Davide Brullo) (Translation)
The Telegraph reviews Nick Coyle's Queen of Wolves at the Edinburgh Fringe:
[Frances] Glass [played by Nick Coyle] initially sets about her task with the grim determination of a Charlotte Brontë heroine, bravely ignoring the sinister chattering of children and the odd flying book, not to mention – gulp! – the red thread mysteriously missing from her embroidery kit. (Rupert Hawksley
Also at the Fringe, The Cambridge Footlights show is reviewed in UK Theatre Network:
Other highlights included a cross-dressing parody of Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights. (Kirstie Niland)
WAToday interviews the author Meg Mason:
I wasn't the child who read under the covers with a torch, growing up. I was asleep, and really avoided reading until my last year of school, when I decided I should at least skim Jane Eyre before going into the English exam. It was a revelation, and the start of a massive catch-up job.
The Huffington Post (Germany) visits Manchester and Elizabeth Gaskell's house:
Zwei Freundinnen: Elizabeth Gaskell und Charlotte Brontë
Das Haus der bekannten englischen Schriftstellerin Elizabeth Gaskell liegt etwas außerhalb des Stadtzentrums. Die 1910 in London geborene Autorin lebte mit ihrer Familie ab 1850 in dem Haus mit dem großzügigen Garten. Mrs. Gaskell, wie sie in England immer noch liebevoll genannt wird, liebte es, Gemüse anzupflanzen. Im gleichen Jahr traf sie auf Charlotte Brontë. Seitdem verband die beiden Schriftstellerinnen eine tiefe Freundschaft bis zu Brontës Tod 1855. Nach ihrem Ableben schrieb Mrs. Gaskell die Biografie "The life of Charlotte Brontë". Das Original-Manuskript gibt es heute in der historischen John Rylands Library in Manchester. Beim Gang durch die Räume hat sich nichts verändert. Alles ist noch genau so wie zu ihren Lebzeiten. Die Times von damals liegt auf dem Sekretär und der Tisch ist für ein opulentes Mahl gedeckt. (Sabine Ludwig) (Translation)
Le Devoir reviews La vie rêvée des grille-pain by Heather O'Neill:
Alors que dans L’histoire de la Petite O (Portrait du marquis de Sade en jeune fille) l’auteure trace le portrait troublant d’une ingénue libertine évoquant par sa grandeur d’âme la Jane Eyre de Charlotte Brontë, elle puise du côté de la religion pour revisiter avec humour le destin du Messie, qu’elle transforme en triste fait divers. « Être riche, c’est débile. C’est mieux d’avoir moins. Ça fait que tu es plus cool. Personne qui vient d’un milieu riche peut vraiment être cool », affirme le jeune Jésus à une camarade de classe dans L’Évangile selon Marie M. (Manon Dumais) (Translation)
  Ara (in Catalan) quotes Charlotte Brontë's opinions on Austen:
Una autora que va generar controvèrsia va ser Jane Austen. Charlotte Brontë, autora de Jane Eyre, opinava que Orgull i prejudici era “un lloc comú, un jardí ben cultivat i tancat, però sense ni una engruna de llum ni vivesa”. Mark Twain, dotat d’un sentit de l’humor més abrasiu, va deixar escrit que cada vegada que llegia aquella novel·la tenia ganes “de desenterrar l’autora i clavar-li un cop al crani amb la seva pròpia tíbia”. Virginia Woolf va ser més discreta: “Regalaria tot el que Austen va escriure a canvi de la meitat de la producció de les Brönte (sic)”. (Jordi Nopca) (Translation)
Io Donna (in Italian) reviews the film To Be Bone:
Il digiuno è abnegazione, sofferenza, purezza e virtù. I tratti delicati di Jane Eyre, di Dorothea di Middlemarch. L’estetica della consunzione. Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Anne Sexton e Sylvia Plath. «Da sempre» notava Katy Waldman su Slate, «la magrezza patologica si lega alla sensibilità poetica». Per questo quando negli anni Ottanta Hollywood ha preso a interessarsi dell’anoressia, con decine di film per la tv, ha sbagliato il tiro, descrivendola non come malattia, ma stile di vita. Oggi diremmo thinspiration. (Costanza Rizzacasa D'Orsogna) (Translation)
TribunNews (in Indonesian) interviews socialite Dewi Sukarno:
"Saya lahir di saat tidak ada televisi. Berbicara tentang kesenangan, hanya ada bacaan. Saya membaca buku-buku karya sastra dari seluruh dunia, termasuk Perancis, Inggris, Rusia, Jerman. Jika Anda membaca "merah dan hitam" Anda akan menjadi wanita Laden, baca "Wuthering Heights" untuk menjadi Catherine, baca "War and Peace" akan menjadi Natasha. (Translation)
Oubliette (in Italian) reviews the novel Essere vivi by Cristina Comencini:
Eppure essa stessa si trova divisa in due vite e, così come ha fatto con la figlia adottiva, da lei ribattezzata Caterina per amore di “Cime Tempestose”, muta il proprio nome in Maria, dopo aver lasciato il marito e seguito Sebastiano, un pittore dal disturbo bipolare ossessionato dall’Apocalisse, ossia dalla catastrofeestrema. (Translation)
Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb interviews Sarah Shoemaker, author of Mr. Rochester.
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A production of Jane Eyre (Willis Hall's adaptation) is currently performed in Adelaide, Australia:
The Therry Dramatic Society presents
Jane Eyre
Adapted by Willis Hall
Directed by Megan Dansie
With Zannie Edhouse, Steve Marvanek, Sue Wylie, Brad Martin.

Thursday 17th to Saturday 19 August 2017 at 8 pm
Wednesday to Saturday 23rd - 26th August 2017 at 8 pm

The Arts Theatre, 53 Angas St, Adelaide.

Written by the author of Billy Liar, this play has been hailed as “The most complete adaptation of the classic novel ever staged, compelling and dramatic as the story itself”. Orphaned at an early age, Jane Eyre leads a lonely life until she finds work as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the mysterious Mr Rochester and falls in love. And then the revelation – when Jane and Rochester are at the altar – that he is already married; her hasty departure from Thornfield Hall; and their eventual reunion
Further information in The Advertiser.

Friday, August 18, 2017

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Clare Twomey's new project, after the ongoing Wuthering Heights: A Manuscript at the Parsonage will be at Tate Gallery in London, according to The Guardian:
The artist Clare Twomey is creating a working factory, with eight tonnes of processed clay, a 30-metre production line, workers, a wall of drying racks and over 2,000 fired clay objects. (...)
Twomey is confident that people will want to participate and points to the popularity of another of her projects at the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth. As there is no handwritten copy of Wuthering Heights, she is asking visitors to copy one line into a handmade book that will be exhibited next year, the bicentenary of Emily Brontë’s birth. (Mark Brown)
Opera Today reviews the recent recording of John Joubert's Jane Eyre opera:
Librettist Kenneth Birkin has focused on Jane’s adult life, which deprives us of the first stages, at Gateshead and Lowood, of Jane’s progress through Brontë’s Bildungsroman but which sensibly makes Jane’s romantic trials with Rochester and St John Rivers the central concern. Each act is divided into three scenes. Act 1 begins on the eve of Jane’s departure from Lowood and journey to Thornfield, where she takes up her position of governess. Scenes two and three juxtapose Bertha Mason’s attempt to murder Rochester by setting his bed alight, with a garden scene in which Rochester and Jane declare their love for each other. Act 2 begins with the disruption of their wedding ceremony by Bertha’s brother, before the action shifts forward one year and presents Jane in the parlour of the Rivers’ cottage at Whitecross where she has been given refuge. When St John attempts to persuade Jane to join him, as his wife, as he departs for missionary work in India, she desists and, haunted by Rochester’s anguished cries, ‘Jane! Jane! Jane!’, returns to Thornfield where the final scene sees her reunited with the now blind Rochester, who is at last free to marry her. (Claire Seymour) (Read more)
The Herald interviews the writer Nikki Gemmell:
What was the first book you read that made you think maybe you could become a writer? 
Jane Eyre, which I read when I was about 12. To be so invested in a character.
 Cookbooks for kids in Los Angeles Times:
You may have bestowed the stacks, hoping that the bug to cook would take hold like the one to read, the culinary equivalent of giving copies of Madeleine L’Engle or Charlotte Brontë. Likely, you and your children cooked as you read these early cookbooks, spattering the pages with sauce or blowing snowstorms of flour as you went. (Amy Scattergod)
Dork talks about the new track released by the band Banfi, June:
Speaking about the track, Joe from the band explains: “This is a love song based on those classic ‘run to the airport’ scenes near the end of films, only this time he’s too late. Lyrically, I couldn’t get the verses right until I stole Kate Bush’s idea of using ‘Wuthering Heights’ for inspiration, and then Heathcliff’s character was a big help. ‘June’ is actually a hybrid of what began as two separate songs. We like the tension and urgency created between those two threads of those initial songs as they fight for their place in this final version” (Stephen Ackroyd)
Comicosity thinks that DC Comics' Sebastian Faust is quite a Heathcliff-type:
I wanted a brooding, aloof, tormented Heathcliff type, because that’s always sexy, and Sebastian Faust fit the bill perfectly.
The Daily Astorian recommends summer readings:
If you grew up with the tale of Jane Eyre and loved it, you will also enjoy “Mr. Rochester,” by Sarah Shoemaker. Finally giving us the story of Edward Rochester from childhood to adulthood, it fleshes out his character and explains some of his behaviors from his point of view throughout the Jane Eyre story. The majority of this book focuses on the Rochester’s background, his lonely childhood and adulthood, although it does go briefly through the story of Jane Eyre as well, rounding out the same story from a different perspective. An enjoyable read for fans of Charlotte Brontë, albeit written from a more modern point of view.
And Mamamia lists some books 'for a lifetime':
Jane Eyre
It's a novel about the power of love, and the many transformations within a woman's life. From a young girl indebted to her abusive aunt and cousins, to a woman in charge of her own life - yet understanding her place in the world.
When 'plain' Jane Eyre falls in love with Edward Rochester she goes through the phases so many of us have also experienced: daydreaming in secret; jealousy; bravery in revealing her feelings; skepticism that he feels the same in return; heartbreak; loss; and deep, deep love that remains, despite all odds. (Caitlin Bishop)
The Rumpus interviews the publisher and author,  Peg Alford Pursell:
Rumpus: There are these studies out recently, which, to the delight of readers everywhere, say that reading fiction makes us more empathetic. Assuming the premise to be true, what are you hoping that the reader gains from reading your book? (Linda Michel Cassidy)
Pursell: My first awareness that an author “knew” me came to me as a child when I was reading an abridged condensed version of Jane Eyre—my mother was a member of a subscription book “club” that monthly sent her books that contained these forms of classics. That was a profound moment for me to felt known and understood by someone, an author, who I’d never met. I felt less alone in the world. 
The Sydney Morning Herald praises I Walked with a Zombie 1944:
Don't be led astray by the title. Set on a Caribbean island and loosely inspired by Jane Eyre, Jacques Tourneur's 1943 chiller relies less on explicit shocks than on a delicate, cobwebby texture – to the point where, as with so much of Tourneur's work, it's hard to say too much without risking breaking the spell. (Jake Wilson)
The Times recommended a programme in Radio 4:
Breaking Up with Bradford
Radio 4, 2.15pm

When Kasim returns to Bradford after finishing his English degree at Cambridge University, he finds himself in a neither-fish-nor-fowl situation. His accent, which was not quite posh enough for Cambridge, is now too posh for Bradford, and many of his old friends are baffled by the point of his degree. When he explains that he studied Wuthering Heights as an exploration of the tragic and self-consuming nature of love and morality, his friend is sceptical. “How is any of that going to help you get a job?” she scoffs. It’s a good point. (Catherine Nixey)
Is it?

A Belgian castle in Le Croix:
Aux premiers jours de l’hiv (Xavier Renard) (Translation)
er, la brume cotonneuse enveloppant le fleuve lui confère une atmosphère nostalgique, qui aurait inspiré, en leur temps, les sœurs Brontë, Jane ­Austen et les plus belles plumes romantiques anglaises.
Brave Writer recommends Jane Eyre 2011; The Silver Petticoat Review posts about Jane Eyre 1996. The Brussels Brontë Blog visits Kilkee (Ireland) one of the stops on the Irish honeymoon trail of Charlotte Brontë and Arthur Bell Nicholls.
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Belatedly, we report the death of the Harold Orel (1926-2017) (and here), distinguished professor emeritus of English at the University of Kansas and author of several scholar works on Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, William Wordsworth, Gilbert and Sullivan, Rebecca West and the Brontës. He edited one of those books that any Brontë library should have: The Brontës. Interviews and Recollections in 1997.
A great deal of what we know about the Brontes has come not from the Brontes themselves but from local tradition, inhabitants of the places associated with them, friends and acquaintances, journalists, other novelists, publishers, and even the most casual of visitors to the Haworth Parsonage. Because this extraordinary family left behind such sketchy documentation, the testimonies in Harold Orel s admirable anthology will go far toward satisfying readers interested in the question of how a family living in so small and remote a community were able to produce some of the most heartfelt, original, and striking literature of the nineteenth century. The Brontes: Interviews and Recollections includes forty selections from books and periodicals many of them never reprinted before in their entirety which cast light upon the personalities and activities of the Reverend Patrick Bronte; his son, Branwell; and his three daughters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. Arranged chronologically, the volume begins with T. Wemyss Reid s recollections of the little family of the Brontes and ends with C. Holmes Cautley s interviews with old Haworth folk who knew the Brontes. Among the many contributors are William Makepeace Thackeray, Harriet Martineau, Elizabeth Gaskell, and the Brontes themselves.This lively gathering will both correct and put into perspective some of the many romanticized anecdotes and regrettably distorted biographies of the members of this famous family. It will enhance our appreciation of their imaginative and widely read novels, which collectively may have no peer in the annals of English literature. 
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We just loved this Jane Eyre Lego-like published at the Baron Productions Facebook Wall. The company is touring the UK with an adaptation of Jane Eyre by Ali Morgan:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

More news on the closing of the public toilets at the Brontë Parsonage car park. Keighley News reports:
The Brontë Parsonage Museum is looking into building its own public toilets in readiness for when Bradford Council withdraws funding from public loos in the village.
Councillor David Mahon informed fellow parish councillors of this at a meeting of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council.
But he said he understood that if these new toilets are built they would only be for museum visitors.
The parsonage has this week confirmed the news.
The parish council is considering what action it should take to address the loss of funding for both the toilets in Haworth Central Park and the Brontë Parsonage car park. (Miran Rahman)
The Guardian has a Top 10 of 'literary twists in fiction':
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Not all superb twists need to come at the end. There’s a twist in the middle of this classic novel that takes it to another level of passion, intrigue and excitement. There are hints before the big reveal, but not even the most imaginative reader would dare to imagine the truth. Twists in the middles of stories rather than at their ends tend to say: “And what do we all think now?” rather than, “So THIS is what we’re supposed to think!” – and this one does that brilliantly. (Sophie Hannah)
Author Edwidge Danticat remembers her college days in The Village Voice:
I was that kind of student: I had a hunger to get it all in. So much of that experience — the people, the environment — was new to me. At the library, you could watch these VHS copies of BBC versions of Brontë novels; I remember binge-watching, before it existed, those things. It was very nerdy of me, but as long as I was physically on the campus, I really tried to use every second I was there. I wanted to do everything. 
More college days. The Telegraph interviews the actress Ellie Kendrick, who fights White Walkers in Game of Thrones and is in Cambridge right now:
Kendrick’s passion for studying is infectious. I’m in awe. But her passion goes beyond Shakespeare and the Brontës. University was where she started to learn about politics for the first time, and while Cambridge was more diverse than she was expecting, it seems it’s still a white middle-class affair: “Universities need to work a lot harder to be inclusive. Universities, especially those at the top, like Cambridge, need to do more work in terms of outreach – there are a larger proportion of private school children than there should be.” (Alice Barraclough)
Variety reviews the play The Divide by Alan Ayckbourn:
You have to admire Alan Ayckbourn. At 78 years old, after more than 80 plays, he’s undertaken a work of size, sweep and ambition. But with “The Divide,” a two-part, six-hour and aptly-titled epic premiering at the Edinburgh International Festival, he’s split his focus, straddling between prose and drama in a darkly imagined but uneven dystopian story. Think Dickens meets Atwood, with a touch of Brontë. While sometimes intriguing with some compelling performances, it is more often simply bloated and befuddling.(Frank Rizzo)
Missoula Independent reviews the film Lady Macbeth:
Lady Macbeth is modern horror in period-drama's clothing. The film drips with sexuality and sin, and more than that, it has a cunning way of implicating us in the mischief. William Oldroyd directs it, from a script by Alice Burch, based on Nikolai Leskov's novel, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Think Jane Eyre, if Jane knew what an orgasm was, had a penchant for violence and disliked children. (Molly Laich)
BookRiot lists several Gothic books in honour of the upcoming 220th anniversary of Mary Shelley:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
A story about the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, who was adopted by Catherine’s father. Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights after Mr. Earnshaw’s death, but returns years later as a polished gentleman to exact revenge.
Second times in the Evening Standard:
 We can find plenty of cautionary tales of romantic U-turns in celebrity history (not least Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who were married from 1964-1974 and then tried fruitlessly again from 1975-1976) as well as in literature. The second-chance plotline taps into fundamental questions of human nature: can people change? Is forgiveness truly possible?
Think of Jane Eyre, who takes back the bigamist Mr Rochester in a dreamlike reconciliation after she wanders the barren moors developing a more mature concept of romance, while back at his Gothic manor he is blinded, maimed and humbled. Thank God it usually takes less suffering for estranged couples to come to their senses. (Johanna Thomas-Corr)
Aleteia reviews Seeking Jesus in Everyday Life by Julie Davis:
In Julie’s case, for instance, she experiences a deeper connection with God through reading books and watching movies than more traditional routes like saying the rosary. She says, “[God] gave me that love of story. I’m created with it, and He uses it. Once I converted, I was reading books asking, ‘How did I never notice in Jane Eyre that prayer is a thread throughout this whole story?’ I saw everything with new eyes. (Tony Rossi)
The Harvard Press posts about The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; Dicas Literárias (in Portuguese) reviews Anne Brontë's novel. An Encyclopedia of Weirdness publishes a multigif of Jane Eyre 2006.
A new addition to the ever growing Brontë-inspired retellings:
Resisting Mr Rochester (Moorland Heroes Book 1)
Sharon Booth
Publisher: Fabrian Books
ISBN-13: 978-0995536975
July 2017

The Moorland Heroes books are humorous twists on literary classics, all set in fictional villages on the North Yorkshire Moors.

Real life isn’t like a Brontë novel…

Cara Truelove has always been a romantic, burying her head in books and dreaming of being swept off her feet by her very own Brontë hero. When she was a gullible teenager, she believed boyfriend Seth to be a modern-day brooding Heathcliff. Fourteen years later, when Seth has proved to be more like Homer Simpson, Cara vows never to fall in love again, and turns her back on romance for good.
Leaving Seth behind, Cara secures a job as nanny at Moreland Hall on the Yorkshire Moors, but is shocked to discover her new employer is none other than the tall, dark, and disturbingly handsome Mr Rochester.
Her resolve to be more level-headed is soon tested when strange things begin to happen at Moreland Hall. Why is Mr Rochester’s mother hidden away upstairs? What are the strange noises she hears from the attic? Why is the housekeeper so reluctant to leave her on her own? And where is Mr Rochester’s mysterious wife?
As events unfold, Cara knows she must keep a cool head, curb her imagination – and resist Mr Rochester at all costs. After all, one Brontë hero in a lifetime is more than enough for any woman. Two would be downright greedy.
Wouldn’t it?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The National Theatre Jane Eyre touring production is coming to Belfast (August 21-26). BelfastLive reports:
A Belfast actor has told of his excitement at coming home to tread the boards for the first time in 12 years in a critically acclaimed new production of Jane Eyre.
Paul Mundell, who has appeared in Emmerdale several times, will take on a number of roles in the National Theatre/Bristol Old Vic production at the Grand Opera House , including self-righteous firebrand Mr Brocklehurst, the supervisor at the boarding school for orphaned girls attended by Jane.
"Brocklehurst is English in the Charlotte Brontë novel Jane Eyre but I auditioned for the part using my own accent," said Paul. "I saw this massive firebrand character and coming from Northern Ireland, it made sense to me to play him as Northern Irish. I drew from my own experiences of growing up in Belfast and it seemed reasonable and valid that this firebrand man could be Irish clergy.
"It's true to the way he was portrayed in the book and is based on an amalgamation of people rather than on one particular person. But it works well and the director agreed I should play him with my own voice." (Maureen Coleman)
The same website lists the show as one that you can't miss.

The Rolla Daily News presents the new season of the local Fine Linen Theatre:
Fine Linen’s 15th season will feature classics like the 1941 classic, Arsenic and Old Lace, one of the country’s most well known comedies, as well as the beloved Fiddler on the Roof. In between these shows is Daddy Long Legs, telling the tail of Jerusha Abbott, the “oldest orphan in the John Grier home.” Fans of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters will thoroughly enjoy this story based on a classic novel. (Corbin Kottmann)
What Should Girls Watch? according to First Things:
Jane Eyre (2006 BBC miniseries). Every girl should know this character who turns down the man she loves because, as she tells him, “I must respect myself.” (Mark Bauerlein)
Chortle has some anecdotes to share about the Edinburgh Fringe:
Last year I performed 'Wuthering Heights' as Kate Bush at Midnight Massaoke. After I crowd-surfed my way to the end of the room, I realised I had somehow lost my amazing, lucky, red sequin show pants. We put a tweet out and spread the word around Edinburgh. Everyone in Scotland was searching for the missing show pants. Then four days later someone tweeted me with a picture of them wearing my pants and a ransom note. I got them back for a tenner. (Jess Robinson)
The Skinny reviews The Divide at the Edinburgh International Festival:
A brief ramble about ‘elite’ power structures serves as the only explanation for the Divide in the first place, and men and women re-integrate with a bounty of sexist jokes. Soween has been fascinated by the banned, ‘radical’ Jane Eyre throughout and, fittingly, it turns out that for all its chest-puffing, The Divide is little more than a marriage plot. (Katie Hawthorne)
Mood Sewciety talks about Victorian fashion:
From the year 1837 up until 1901, Queen Victoria reigned over England. During this period, the first photograph was taken, Charles Dickens reached the height of popularity, and wealthy women across the nation threw coming out parties, presenting themselves in stunning dresses with high collars and flouncing sleeves, or showing off some decolletage in an attempt to win an acceptable marriage proposal. While this was going on, Charlotte Brontë wrote “Jane Eyre,” a story that the less fortunate women of the country could connect with, with Jane’s drab wool ensembles, dreary upbringing, and rigid morals. Victorian fashion, from the wondrous to the woolen, has waltzed back onto the runway. (Molly Hannelly)
Bustle lists literary villains 'who were actually the best part of the book':
Bertha Rochester
Also known as Bertha Mason, or the "Madwoman in the Attic." She's the chief villain of Jane Eyre, but if you were locked in an attic by your husband, you'd probably make weird noises and set everything on fire, too. When Bertha had a mental breakdown, her loving husband Rochester just kinda went, "Eh, lock her in the attic forever, I guess," and made no attempt to help her get better. I mean, I know mental health services weren't great back in the day...but dang, Rochester, that's not a great solution. Set him on fire, Bertha. (Charlotte Ahlin)
China Daily has (literary) vacation ideas:
Yorkshire Moors, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
There's a reason why Catherine loved this place so much. The land is beautiful, and maybe a little bit eerie, which is why it is the perfect location for this classic novel. Feel the drama, the beauty and the mystery of Wuthering Heights. You won't forget the incredible views of Clay Bank or the gorgeous starry nights. You can also visit the Norman castle in Helmsley to add to the whole other-worldly feel. Who knows? You might run into the ghost of Catherine herself ...
Diário de Notícias (Portugal) announces that the Jane Eyre lithographies in exhibition at the Centro Comercial Colombo in Lisboa will be replaced by another series of the author, Paula Rego, in the coming days:
A curadora da exposição, Catarina Alfaro, coordenadora da Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, disse à agência Lusa que as 21 novas gravuras datam de 1992, e substituem as gravuras inspiradas no romance "Jane Eyre", de Charlotte Brontë, que provêm de 2002.
Catarina Alfaro afirmou que, nas obras que vão ser expostas, "a pintora usou a técnica da água-forte, água-tinta e às vezes a cor, enquanto na série 'Jane Eyre', experimentou a litografia e também alguma cor". (Translation)
A Brontë ('named after the novelist') moppy dog in ArtForum; and Indian novelist, BS Murthy, who read Charlotte Brontë when younger on Awesomegang; Wormwoodiana explores the Branwell-did-write-Wuthering-Heights conspiracy theory, mainly in the Alice Law version. The novel is reviewed on Denise Nayve. thylyre posts about Jane Eyre.
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An alert for today, August 16, in Haworth:
Via Nova Musical Ensemble presents
Old Words, New Music
a new musical setting of the very earliest Brontë texts by Paul Zaba
Haworth Parish Church
Wed Aug 16 2017 at 07:30pm

Birmingham-based choir Via Nova will be in Haworth Church to stage the first-ever world performance of choral works inspired by the village’s famous literary family, the Brontës, and the county’s coal heritage on Wednesday, August 16th.
Viva Nova will be undertaking a four-day tour of Yorkshire when they will sing at Haworth Parish Church, the National Coal Mining Museum in Middletown near Wakefield and Wakefield Cathedral.
Their four-concert series starts at Haworth Parish Church and their offering includes the first-ever public staging of new choral works that have been inspired by the Brontë legend and Yorkshire’s contribution to the nation’s coal-mining legacy as well as a UK premiere of a choral piece composed by organist Philip Moore, the former organist and Master of Music at York Minster.

Featured within the programme will be pieces influenced by the coal mines by Georgia Denham and pieces by Jonathan Bielby, Philip Moore, David Emerson, and Daniel Galbreath. missed!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A reader of the Match Book section of the New York Times wants to read a love story with temporal twists:
One spring when I was on the staff of my high school literary magazine, we were flooded with poetry submissions from sophomores writing in the voice of either Heathcliff (“O Catherine!”) or Catherine (“Dear Heathcliff!”). Inspired by “Wuthering Heights,” Emily Brontë’s only published novel, the bulk of the poets seemed moved, additionally, by the prospect of extra credit in English. But Brontë’s Gothic classic deserves to be reread once you’ve passed out of your teens. The unsettled romance, which starts in 1801, flashes back about 30 years before rejoining the book’s present for the rest of the story. If reading those submissions didn’t cool my passion for the story of the childhood friends (Catherine and Heathcliff) who can’t get it together to get together, nothing will. (Nicole Lamy)
The Interim Chancellor of the Missouri S&T University, Christopher G. Maples issued the following statement on the Charlottesville recent tragic events:
As a university, we stand with the people and community of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the University of Virginia following the tragic events that transpired over the weekend. Hatred and bigotry have no place in our society.
Soon after the events took place on Saturday, I posted this quote from Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, Jane Eyre, on my Facebook page. I believe it succinctly captures the importance of education as the solution to hatred and bigotry.
Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.
The Scotsman reviews one of the productions seen at the Edinburgh International Festival : The Divide, Parts 1 and 2:
Yet The Divide remains an unforgettable experience, not least for Erin Doherty’s enthralling and absolutely beautiful central performance as Soween. “I want to write like Charlotte,” she says, when Giella first gives her a forbidden copy of Jane Eyre. And though some may dismiss Ayckbourn’s final celebration of the creative human spirit as too romantic, others will admire the courage of his intense belief in the human and the humane; in a time when we need that positive vision, perhaps more than ever before. (Joyce MacMillan)
Literary Hub has made an informal research on the most anthologized English poems in the last 25 years. Two of Emily Brontë's poems are there:
Emily Brontë, “Remembrance”
Emily Brontë, “[“No coward soul is mine”]” (Emily Temple)
Elite Daily lists 'Instagram captions for your cozy fall weekend getaway with bae'. Yes, really. Apparently Emily Brontë is a must:
16. “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” — Emily Brontë (Rachel Chapman)
Adnews covers (not very well) the recent campaign of Audible:
Audible is laucnhing its first major campagin in Australia, running on TV, cinema, digital and outdoor, and social. The 'The Grow Your Mind' campaign features well-known literary character Jane Eyre and puts her through couples councelling.
Regrettably it is not the 'well-known literary character Jane Eyre' but the 'well-known literary author Jane Austen'.

The alleged involvement of Orson Welles in the direction of Jane Eyre 1944 is mentioned in this article of Den of Geek!:
Welles' hand was also rumoured to be more prevalent than declared in other projects too. Also in some degree of contention was La Decade Prodigieuse, a French movie from Claude Chabrol and the 1944 adaptation of Jane Eyre that was supposedly helmed by Robert Stevenson. (Simon Brew)
The International News (Pakistan) quotes from a recent seminar:
Shaha Tariq, a teacher at the Cedar College, in reply to a question calling for teaching in the mother tongue, Urdu in this case, said that there had been no attempt at translating major works.
She said there was no way she could read Wuthering Heights in Urdu because no one had ever thought of translating it. (Anil Datta)
Wuthering Heights has not been translated into Urdu?

Vistanet (Italy) interviews the writer Vanessa Roggeri:
Amo tutti i generi letterari, ma solitamente i miei riferimenti non sono gli autori, bensì i libri e ognuno per un motivo diverso: Jane Eyre, L’isola di Arturo, Il Gattopardo, L’esclusa, Delitto e castigo, Il giovane Holden, Canne al vento, Giro di vite, Villette, La ragazza con l’orecchino di perla… (la lista è lunga). (Federica Cabras) (Translation)
The Silver Petticoat Review posts about the webseries The Autobiography of Jane Eyre.
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A new book with Brontë-inspired content:
Drinks With Dead Poets
A Season of Poe, Whitman, Byron, and the Brontës
Glyn Maxwell
Pegasus Books
Publication Date 08/08/17
ISBN 9781681774626

A spirited homage to the departed literary greats—set in an entrancing English village—this novel tells the tale of a profound autumn term with Poe, Yeats, Whitman, Dickinson, and the Brontës.

“I am walking along a country lane with no earthly idea why . . .”

Poet Glyn Maxwell wakes up in a mysterious village one autumn day. He has no idea how he got there—is he dead? In a coma? Dreaming?—but he has a strange feeling there’s a class to teach. And isn’t that the poet Keats wandering down the lane? Why not ask him to give a reading, do a Q and A, hit the pub with the students afterwards?

Soon the whole of the autumn term stretches ahead, with Byron, Yeats and Emily Dickinson, the Brontës, the Brownings, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Wilfred Owen, and many more all on their way to give readings in the humble village hall.

And everything these famed personalities say—in class, on stage, at the Cross Keys pub—comes verbatim from these poets’ diaries, essays, or letters. A dreamy novel of a profound autumn term with Poe, Yeats, Whitman, Dickinson, and the Brontës.

Monday, August 14, 2017

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The Dundalk Democrat speculates on a Brontë connection with Dundalk, Ireland:
The article in the Tempest's Annual was an extract from a book called 'The Brontës in Ireland' and dealt with the adventures of Henry (sic) Brontë who was the grandfather of the Brontë sisters. In the article it states that the family originated from a small farm near the river Boyne and that Hugh had gone to live with his uncle. This man had mistreated him and had held him as a sort of 'bond slave' but he escaped and made his way towards Dundalk.
The article goes on to describe the area around Dundalk Bay in the middle of the eighteenth century which had a number of windmills along the shore. Hugh got information in a small public house which led him to believe that he could get work in Carlingford. It goes on to state --- When he had wandered by the shore for a couple of hours he turned inland from the sea and came upon lime-kilns at a place called Mount Pleasant. These kilns came to be known as Swift McNeil's and people went (came) from great distances to purchase it for agriculture, as well as for building purposes.
Here Hugh Brontë found his first job and regular remuneration for his first free labour'.
The article goes on to describe how Hugh became a favourite with the people who came for lime and 'Their servants were often accompanied by a youth called McClory. McClory and Brontë were about the same age and they became fast friends. It was arranged that Brontë should visit McClory in County Down during Christmas holidays'.
The Guardian publishes the obituary of Cecil Ballantine (1931-2017) who among many other things was the editor of a Longman Study Texts edition of Jane Eyre in 1984.

The Times comes from this most recurring of all topics, the pseudonyms in literature:
Charlotte Brontë’s poetry was witheringly criticised. Literature cannot be the “business of a woman’s life”, one contemporary said. She reinvented herself as Currer Bell. After the publication of Jane Eyre, which was an immediate commercial success, she revealed her true identity. (David Sanderson)
Rita Cacciami writes in L'Inchiesta Quotidiano (Italy):
Mi torna alla mente papà. Con la sua settimana enigmistica. Ci passava ore con quei rompicapo. E i rebus li risolveva tutti lui. Bartezzaghi non aveva scampo, a casa gli arrivavano i premi per le soluzioni corrette. Un allenamento che lo ha fatto stare con me fino a 90 anni e più. Parlando e guardandomi negli occhi a tavola. “Che sei inquietata, oggi?”. Ecco. A pranzo, una volta ci si accorgeva se qualcosa non andava. E la sera, a letto, non ci si perdeva nello smartphone. Ma si leggeva “Cime tempestose”.
Chiamatemi Brontë. Emily Brontë. (Translation)
Demain n'est jamais bien loin... (in French) and OrcadianLilac post about Wuthering Heights. Bedford Times announces the Chapterhouse Theatre's Jane Eyre performances next September. A transitional post on AnneBrontë.org quotes from her poem Memory.
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A Brontë-related opening today, August 14 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017:
A Feyre Tale
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53)
Aug 14-19
17:05 h

New writer Priscilla Berringer collaborates with Joanna Faith Habershon (2016’s Soft, the Moon Rose), taking a fresh look at old time classic Jane Eyre through the eyes of a failing theatre company. Love triangles cause tension as emotional Sarah (from a loveless marriage) and flirty diva Ben rehearse under the watchful eye of uptight director Bobby. Misunderstandings, jealousy, mental illness and unhappy relationships in their own personal lives mirror characters from a novel nearly 200 years old. But does everyone have a right to love and be loved? Someone is bound to get hurt!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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New Statesman interviews Joan Bakewell:
Who are your heroes?
Charlotte Brontë was my childhood hero: a woman who struggled to gain success and did it with a novel that idealised romantic love. Success was a good message, romantic love bad.
The Island (Sri Lanka) contextualizes Jane Austen and death:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1818-1848) once considered the best novel in the English language has it fair share of suffering and death and in addition opens with a haunting and ends with two ghosts happily moving away. (...) "By the time Wuthering Heights is over, the moor is littered with the bodies of characters who have perished of mismanaged ardor, with scarcely a housekeeper left to tell the tale," and as I mentioned, spirits and ghosties cavorting at night.
The next most famous novel to be considered is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), first titled Jane Eyre: an autobiography. In it, though death is absent other social maladies are present.Brontë proves another point in Victorian novels: the death of parents could open the door to poverty, neglect and abuse or — a happier plot point — inheritance.
The Guardian reviews the play The Divide by Alan Ayckbourn:
But if boredom is kept at bay – and it’s often a close-run thing – that is largely because of acting and production. The stand-out performance comes from Erin Doherty who, as Soween, narrates much of the story. In her black bonnet and gown – standard gear for these isolated women – she looks like a devout member of the Amish sect: what is astonishing, however, is her ability to convey Soween’s mix of sweetness, sadness and surprised delight at discovering the proscribed Jane Eyre, the heroine of which she decides she resembles. It is Doherty, both earnest and touching, who holds the show together. (Michaael Billington)
And The Scotsman interviews Howard Jacobson:
“Consolation is one of the lesser pleasures, but it’s not nothing. Isn’t that why we read? I remember reading Jane Eyre as a schoolboy and loving that I wasn’t the only child who felt alienated and desperate. It’s one of the indubitable pleasures of reading so it has to be one of the aims of satire – to cheer up those who feel as you feel.”
SouthCoast Today on re-reading:
This summer, I reread a bunch of old dog-eared favorites, including Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22,” Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights,” Cormac McCarthy’s “All The Pretty Horses.” (Lauren Daley)
Newsline Magazine reviews Mr and Mrs Jinnah, by Sheela Reddy:
Though draped in the finest Parisian fashions, Ruttie was a rebel at heart. Political activism in this exciting time was one of the reasons she chose to be by Jinnah’s side. What else could be expected from a well-read lady who counted among her influences Emile Pankhurst (a firebrand British feminist of her times), Oscar Wilde and the Brontë sisters. (Raheel Shakeel)
The Messenger on film studies:
Another important aspect is the fact that adaptation has become the norm. Even "Atomic Blonde" has a predecessor in that it was cribbed off of a graphic novel series. There are of course well-loved classical novel adaptations, such as "Jane Eyre" or "The Great Gatsby." It is of great interest to see how a story in print has been interpreted and re-presented to a movie-going audience. Sometimes that can be wildly creative -- I'm thinking of "O Brother, Where Art Thou" as it vamps on Homer's "The Odyssey." (Scott Vander)
The Times explores the Great Himalaya Trail:
I live in Denholme, on the outskirts of Bradford. It’s Brontë country, with the Pennines on my doorstep. I’ve been a fell walker since I was about 13 or 14, going on loads of school trips, in the days when schools were allowed to do that sort of thing, to the Lake District, North Wales and so on. I’m 60 now, and I’m still permanently drawn to mountains — I’ll probably go for a walk on the moors this afternoon. (Ian Whittaker spoke to Martin Hemming)
La Razón (Bolivia) talks about local historian Mariano Baptista Gumucio:
En 1957, pichón de diplomático, asumí la tarea de secretario de la Embajada en Londres bajo la tuición del embajador Víctor Paz. Un año después, Mago fue transferido de Roma en igual función y de esa manera pasamos dos años de intensa fraternidad y múltiples actividades. Por ejemplo, nos matriculamos en aquel interesantísimo curso de civilización y literatura inglesa, que además de pulir los conocimientos lingüísticos nos adentró a la obra de Shakespeare y los modernos de la época (????), como E. M. Foster o las hermanas Brontë. (Carlos Antonio Carrasco) (Translation)
My name is Sanam Jamshidi talks about Jane EyreVesna Armstrong Photography posts pictures of summer in Haworth.
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New Brontë-related scholar research:
Jane Eyre On the Nineteenth-Century Spanish Stage: Intertextuality and Adaptation in Francisco Morera's Version of Charlotte Brontë's novel
by SM Calzada
Odisea nº 17: Revista de estudios ingleses, 2017

This paper examines Francisco Morera's Juana Eyre (1869), a stage  version of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre which can be regarded as the first significant  evidence of works by the Brontë sisters appearing in Spain. Morera's text is based on the French stage version by Lefèvre and Royer (1855), which was, in turn, inspired by the German adaptation by Birch-Pfeiffer. The Spanish adaptor creates a conservative rewriting of Jane Eyre and introduces relevant changes in Bertha Mason's storyline in order to eliminate the elements that would challenge the moral conventions of the time.
Reading (not-)eating in the works of Emily and Charlotte Brontë
by Sarah Pearce
Outskirts: feminisms along the edge. 2017, Vol. 36, p1-21. 21p.

This paper offers a contemporary feminist reading of the cluster of themes surrounding consumption and food in Jane Eyre (1847) and Villette (1853) by Charlotte Brontë, and Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë. I explore key textual episodes of (not-)eating in light of contemporary feminist theory on women, food, the body, eating disorders and food refusal throughout history. In order to explore issues surrounding female food refusal, I look to those periods of history in which female fasting (or anorexia) was particularly prevalent, such as the early medieval period and the nineteenth-, twentieth-and twenty-first-centuries. In so doing, I highlight an array of significant issues relating to women and food: the pervasive and to some extent a-historical cultural perception of female appetite as 'bad' and dangerous; adherence to nineteenth century codes of femininity; the attempt to gain control through food refusal; the physical expression of psychic states in the absence of a heard voice; and the potentially subversive or rebellious nature of female starvation and wasting. In much the same way that nineteenth century conceptions of femininity were partly defined by the paradox of the angel and the monster or whore, the act of food refusal is also defined by paradoxical gestures toward both acquiescence and rebellion. Therefore, I propose a need to counter traditional readings and thus de-story, or re-story, these texts by allowing these textual female bodies, as they refuse food and waste away, to make multiple, simultaneous, metaphorical and literal, paradoxical gestures.