Spot­light on lit­er­ary sib­lings


ON a Satur­day af­ter­noon in Oc­to­ber there is an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore which of the Bron­tës you pre­fer.

As part of the Lit­er­a­ture and Ideas Fes­ti­val there will be a dis­cus­sion around the fa­mous sib­lings, as au­thors So­phie Franklin and Claire O’Cal­laghan take a de­tailed look at the ta­lented sis­ters.

Young aca­demic So­phie Franklin’s Char­lotte Brontë Re­vis­ited, ex­am­ines Char­lotte’s pri­vate world of con­ven­tion, re­bel­lion and imag­i­na­tion, and how they shaped her life, writ­ing and ob­ses­sions – in­clud­ing the para­nor­mal, na­ture, fem­i­nism and pol­i­tics. So­phie is a mem­ber of the De­part­ment of English Stud­ies at Durham Univer­sity and the up­dated sec­ond edi­tion of Char­lotte Brontë Re­vis­ited has just been pub­lished.

Emily Brontë Reap­praised: A view from the 21st Cen­tury, by Claire O’Cal­laghan, con­jures a new im­age of Emily and re­ha­bil­i­tates her per­sonal rep­u­ta­tion. Dr O’Cal­laghan claims that the char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion of Emily as an od­dball is un­de­served. She would prob­a­bly fit bet­ter in mod­ern so­ci­ety, where in­de­pen­dent, un­con­ven­tional women are more likely to be cel­e­brated. Claire O’Cal­laghan is an Ir­ish news and sports jour­nal­ist and ra­dio pre­sen­ter who has also writ­ten Sarah Waters: Gen­der and Sex­ual Pol­i­tics. Char­lotte ver­sus Emily is at Num­ber One River­side, Smith Street, on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, 2-3pm. Age 14+. £6 – £8. Visit: http:// rochdalelit­er­a­turefes­ti­val.­phie -franklin-and-claire -ocallaghan-char­lotte -ver­sus-emily/.

●●So­phie Franklin

●●Claire O’Cal­laghan

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