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Attention has been paid to the influence of music theatre and material culture on the siblings' lives a.


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    My review excerpted from Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 281 Spring 2009 195 197The connection between word and image in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre already has been well documented by scholars and highlighted in pop adaptations of the text such as Dame Darcy’s The Illustrated Jane Eyre 2006 and Jane Eyre The Graphic Novel 2008 With the publication of The Brontës in the World of the Arts the academic field of interart study now opens to an examination of works by Anne Emily and even Branwell Expanding on efforts begun by Christine Alexander and Jane Sellars in The Art of the Brontës 1995 this new collection edited by Sandra Hagan and Juliette Wells claims to offer “a representative view of the Brontë siblings’ place in the wider world of the arts as amateur practitioners literary professionals and authors of complex works that have invited a multiplicity of artistic re envisionings” 9 It looks not only at other artists’ responses to the Brontës but at previously unexplored aspects of the Brontës’ own involvement with the arts placing literary studies in conversation with the visual alongside music theater dress and material culture studies In doing so it embraces such diverse subjects as Christine Alexander’s well researched account of Jane Eyre’s trajectory as a narrative artist in relation to Charlotte’s own education in the visual arts; Richard J Dunn’s discussion of Branwell’s aesthetic influence on Charlotte’s and by extension Jane Eyre’s highly pictorial storytelling; Juliette Wells’s fresh attempt to situate Jane Eyre’s artistry along the continuum from female accomplishments to professional endeavors; Wells’s and Ruth A Solie’s persuasive examination of music in Shirley as a marker of shifting class national and regional identities; Meg Harris Williams’s innovative treatment of musicality in the “aesthetic evolution of emotionality” 82 in Wuthering Heights; Anne W Jackson’s compelling view of performance issues in Villette; Sandra Hagan’s illuminating study of Edmund Dulac’s illustrations for Villette; Patsy Stoneman’s comprehensive survey of representations of the madwoman in contemporary novelistic theatrical and cinematic adaptations of Jane Eyre; and Linda Lister’s informative analysis of music inspired by Wuthering Heights by composers ranging from Bernard Herrmann to Kate BushThus The Brontës in the World of the Arts is a useful companion to recent projects on the Brontës’ Neo Victorian legacies such as Margaret Rubik and Elke Mettinger Schartmann’s A Breath of Fresh Eyre Intertextual and Intermedial Reworkings of Jane Eyre 2007 and Cora Kaplan’s Victoriana Histories Fictions Criticism 2007 In addition to the breadth of its contributions the other strength of this volume is the depth and detail of its scholarly apparatus The extensive notes and bibliography will be an invaluable resource for those scholars interested in the Brontës in the Victorian world of the arts and in current interdisciplinary studies Despite its scope however The Brontës in the World of the Arts is far from being the last word on the subject for there are still exciting areas left for future investigation such as the Brontës’ relationship to embroidery to architecture and to issues of adaptation in general Readers will leave this admirable collection feeling that they have barely begun to mine a very rich topic