August 17th, 2021

Brontës Over Time

http://bronteblog.blogspot.com/2021/08/brontes-over-time.html

Onirik (France) presents the French publication of  Femmes au Fil de Temps (originally published in 2019 in Poland as Historia Kobiet):
by Katarzyna Radziwił
Illustrated by Joanna Czaplewska
Helvetiq
ISBN: 9782940673117

Le livre fait une synthèse non simpliste, qui explique plutôt bien les étapes importantes, les jolis dessins de Joanna Czaplewska y sont pour beaucoup. L’autrice mentionne quelques figures célèbres parmi les siècles, on a le plaisir de croiser le nom de Jane Austen, des soeurs Brontë, ou encore de Coco Chanel. (Claire)

 

Struggling to Wuthering Heights

http://bronteblog.blogspot.com/2021/08/struggling-to-wuthering-heights.html

Edinburgh Live talks about Robert Irvine famous murder case in 1717:
Robert Irvine was a tutor to two young boys, John and Alexander Gordons. They were the sons of James Gordons, a wealthy merchant, and were both around 10 years old. Although above a regular servant, tutors - much like governesses, as in Jane Eyre - weren’t considered on equal footing with members of the family. This liminal role often made it difficult to carve out a relationship with the rest of the household staff - although it seems that Irvine didn’t have this problem. (Kaite Welsh)
The Irish Examiner and the evolution in the perception by society of mental illness:
It is not so long since a mental illness was a defining episode. Many promising careers ended when a person had even a brief period of uncertainty or instability. People who acknowledged that they suffered from depression were, just occasionally, congratulated for having the courage to make public what was all too often judged a weakness rather than a curable illness. It would have been unimaginable that 40% of people, as those surveyed for the St Patrick’s report have done, would admit to a mental health vulnerability in those circumstances. Just as Charlotte Brontë’s Edward Rochester, in the 1847 novel Jane Eyre, locked his insane wife Bertha Mason away, this society did something similar and tried to hide mental illness in our darkest corners.
The New York Times reviews the new book by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Still Mad:
When it appeared in 1979, “The Madwoman in the Attic” thrilled readers by brilliantly tracing the “anxiety of authorship” through the work of 19th-century female writers like Mary Shelley, the Brontë sisters and Emily Dickinson. The two critics delved into the conflict between what Virginia Woolf called “the angel in the house” — the good, domestic, female self — and the rage and desire for freedom that accompany artistic creation. With its scholarly brio and feverish energy, the ambitious book offered a new blueprint for reading the conflicts around female identity in the great literary work of that period. (Katie Roiphe)
The Toys Matrix reviews Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia:
Named after Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (1966), Paglia’s book charts recurrent types in the Western imagination, such as the “beautiful boy”, the “femme fatale” and the “female vampire”. Through these personae, she discusses works such as the Mona Lisa, Wuthering Heights and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Particularly famous is the chapter on Emily Dickinson and Paglia’s analysis of the brutal and sadistic metaphors in Dickinson’s poetry. (Cassandra Atherton)
Stylist asks singing teacher Hannah Marie Gatt for advice:
“We are born with our vocal box so that is genetically predetermined but there are some things we can do to expand our vocal range,” Hannah says. Not everyone will have the vocal ranges of Barry White and Kate Bush (we’ve all struggled to hit the high notes in Wuthering Heights). But there are some ways that you can improve your range. (Alice Porter)

Diario de Burgos  (Spain) explains how Wuthering Heights was (it seems that now it has been demoted by Proust) the favourite book of the virologist Alfonso García Sastre.