Bronteana: Bronte Studies Blog Archives

May 8, 2006

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Filed under: Art,Books,Bronteana,Patrick Bronte,Wuthering Heights — by bronteana @ 12:46 am

Today's Brontë News

The following items really don't seem to naturally be on the same page with one another, I think you will agree…

Wuthering Heights gets a mention in an article on why people should read the Kama Sutra:

The pundit Vatsyayana, who wrote the Kama Sutra, is blessedly free of physical disgust, but he isn't naïve. He understands lust; he depicts the stages of erotic obsession in great detail. For example, he gives the stages of romance: making eye contact, exchanging longing glances, having erotic images come to mind that won't go away, followed by thinking of the beloved all the time, losing sleep, making excuses to meet, and finally culminating – if sexual contact is denied – with falling sick and dying.

The whole history of the romantic novel is written in those few observations. If you smile at the notion that sexual desire can make someone grow sick and die, you may be correct medically, but millions have wept over the death of Catherine Earnshaw pining for Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, not to mention a thousand knights languishing for love in medieval romances.

From the Kama Sutra to…

The hometown of the Rev. Patrick Brontë is one of the stops on musican Eliza Gilkyson's tour of the UK and Ireland:

Tue 9. Bronte Centre Churchill Road Drumballyroney Near Rathfriland, N Ireland. BT32 5IX Box Office 02406 23322 TP £12.00 DO 8.30 p.m.

There's more information on the Centre and the town's Brontë-related sites here.

Bronte Homeland Picnic Site, Knockiveagh:The picnic site at Knockiveagh is an ideal place to stop and see the rolling hills where Patrick Bronte grew up and the mountains of Mourne in the background. The picnic area occupies the ruins of a former shebeen – an illicit drinking house.

Alice McClory's Cottage:This cottage was the childhood home of Patrick's mother, Alice McClory. Alice and Hugh used to court secretly and some say they eloped to their wedding in Magherally Church, near Banbridge.

The Birthplace Cottage:Little now remains of the family's two-roomed cottage in the fairy glen at Emdale. The remains have been in the care of the Bronte Homeland Trust since 1956.

Glascar School:Patrick taught here in the 1790's, although the original schoolhouse was replaced by this more modern building in 1844. He is said to have used enlightened teaching methods to bring out the best in his pupils. He was later dismissed for forming a romantic attachment with one of them.

Lastly, tulips and Brontë fan art at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Image is of the Mourne Mountains as seen from near Rathfriland.

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Filed under: Art,Illustrations,Jane Eyre,Media,Resources — by bronteana @ 12:17 am

Resource Update- ‘artist B’ Jane Eyre illustrations


There was a slight problem with the last batch of illustrations- I didn’t post the correct link to the proposal illustration. That is now fixed. And there’s another batch of illustrations! No, I don’t think I will be finished posting illustrations anytime soon. I still have the other novels to get to and I still have several sets of Jane Eyre to scan let alone the ones I have waiting to be uploaded. One of the editions I have yet to finish scanning has some of the most beautiful and interesting illustrations of all but there are illustrations on so many of the pages there must be dozens.

Anyway, these are also from Anna in Australia, and are also anonymous black and white line drawings. Like the others, they are very beautifully done. Like the others there are one or two surprises- this illustration being one of them. I have not come across another illustration of this scene in my travels. The other, Jane looks suspiciously like William Makepeace Thackeray’s own illustrations of Becky Sharp…

Illustrations available here.

May 6, 2006

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Filed under: Art,Illustrations,Jane Eyre,Resources,Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 10:22 pm

Resource Update: Jane Eyre Illustrations


I noticed that the host for the Bronteana resource site will not allow me to have pages which are more than a certain number of characters, and this is why the last batch of illustrations did not post properly. And so, I have had to make another page. This makes the layout of the site a bit confusing at the moment, but I hope to remedy this if I can. To make amends, here at the last batch of illustrations of Jane Eyre plus some new ones. These are also anonymous black and white line drawings donated by Anna in Australia. These can be found on this page.

May 2, 2006

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Filed under: Art,Illustrations,Jane Eyre,Media,Resources — by bronteana @ 3:11 pm

Resources Update: Jane Eyre Illustrations


In between trying to manage the Brontëana archives, I did find the time to post the links to a few more Jane Eyre illustrations I uploaded yesterday to the Brontëana Resource Site. These black and white illustrations were donated by Anna, a friend of mine in Australia. I do not know the name of the artist, so I am asking anyone reading this that if they recognise the work email me about them at bronteanaDOTblogATgmailDOTcom.

May 1, 2006

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Filed under: Academic,Art,Illustrations,Media,Resources,Shirley,Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 5:05 pm

T. H. Robinson Shirley Illustrations


I have been quite busy this morning uploading a lot of illustrations at the Bronteana Resource Site. It will take me some time to actually get all of them linked, but I hope to have each artist catalogued over the next few days. For now, something a little different. There are 8 full-colour illustrations of Charlotte Bronte's Shirley available here. I have scanned them from my own edition so I have a few things to say about the volume. It is a Collins Clear Type Press edition, although not one of their lovely palm-sized books. This one is very large by comparison (I have the Collins Clear Type Press editions of Jane Eyre and Villette as well- their illustrations will be scanned in eventually…). Also, since these are from my own edition, I have them in 100 dpi, but they are also available in a much higher resolution upon request.

April 29, 2006

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Filed under: Art,Illustrations,Jane Eyre,Media,Resources,Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 3:56 pm

Helen Sewell Jane Eyre Illustrations


These are lovely, and often very interesting illustrations by Helen Sewell. Several of them depict scenes that I have never seen illustrated before. There are a lot of them, in blue and white. I have just uploaded them, but Thisbeciel must be thanked for sharing them with me in the first place! They can all be found on the Brontëana Resource Page, here.

Some of the curiosities include illustrations of the moth in Mr Rochester's garden, and Mr Rochester and Bertha in Jamaica.

April 26, 2006

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Filed under: Art,Charlotte Bronte,Illustrations,Jane Eyre,Uncategorized,Websites — by bronteana @ 12:25 am

Edmund Dulac Jane Eyre illustrations


All of Edmund Dulac's illustrations of Jane Eyre are now available on the Bronteana Resource page; the link to the Jane Eyre illustrations is here.

April 20, 2006

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Filed under: Academic,Art,Charlotte Bronte,Illustrations,Jane Eyre,Resources,Websites — by bronteana @ 4:19 pm

Jane Eyre Illustrations

I have just finished uploading the first of many sets of illustrations at the Bronteana Resource page. This time we have the Walter L. Colls illustrations of Jane Eyre, to match his illustrations of Villette, which were added last month or so. The link to the Resource page is on the links list to the left, for future reference.

This Friday I write my most final of final exams, and then there will most likely be more etexts and illustrations to add in the coming days and weeks.

January 2, 2006

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More on Tenant of Wildfell Hall

When I first saw the VHS cover, posted previously this week, I thought of how very like a character from Angria Hellen looked.

After pondering this for some time, I recalled that I have a picture of a character named 'Rosa', drawn by Charlotte Bronte. I have made these images to compare the two, and it seems striking to me how similar they are. Even down to the angle of their faces. I am sure that this only shows their attention to the fashions of the day.

December 24, 2005

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Filed under: Art,Comic Books,Fan Art,Fun,Illustrations,Jane Eyre,Media,villette — by bronteana @ 1:18 pm

Villette the Comic Book

It seems fitting that today's post should be about this little project of mine. It was begun nearly one year ago. It is the second work of the Brontes that I have attempted to illustrate in this way- the first was Jane Eyre which is complete. The Jane Eyre comic book was only published once online but has since disappeared after I became aware of how easily it could be pirated. Jane Eyre has been used as the subject for many comic books. I have a few of these, all are of questionable quality- one features a likeness of Mr Rochester which I swear is the Grinch who stole Christmas- only less green. Another has the novel packed with beautiful people, and Jane appears to fly at one point (my favourite part). In the frame directly following 'the voice across the moors' she cries "I'm coming!" as she leaps into the air, Wonderwoman-like, her blond hair waving in the wind and her blue super-Jane cape streaming behind her! I will have to scan this, for I don't think my words do it justice… In any case, I have not been able to find a comic book of Villette. It is possible that mine is the first but rather unlikely. If anyone has heard of another, please drop me a line either in the comments or send me an email at bronteana.blogATgmailDOTcom!

I intend to try publishing these as one book, once I have finished illustrating all of the Bronte novels. I began Jane Eyre on a whim late one night when I was tired and silly after studying for too long again. It was posted for my close friends but soon drew the attention of others. Someone suggested that I offer it to the Bronte Society but it is far too long for publication there, I think. Villette has been far less popular although those who do follow it are very enthusiastic (and cheer on their favourites, mostly Monsieur Paul and… Alfred deHamal! But only because he looks very cute as a line drawing- lots of snarky vows of admiration worthy of Miss Snowe herself). So far my reward is in forcing my friends to go out and read more of the Bronte novels. One of these had refused to try them, thinking they would be 'Victorian and dull' but after getting about a third into the Jane Eyre comic book, I recieved the instant message that it was 'all my fault' that she had gone to the library and is now completely conquered. I have complained long about how little known the Brontes are where I live. And it is nice to know that, even in my limited capacity, I am doing my part in changing things.

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