Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Hello and Welcome

Welcome to the blog of 'Re-Visioning the Brontës', a conference in conjunction with the exhibitions ‘Wildness Between the Lines’ and ‘Visions of Angria’, to be held on Tuesday 29 January 2013 at the University of Leeds. Confirmed speakers include Jane Sellars (Curator of Art, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate) and Professor Blake Morrison (Goldsmiths, University of London) in conversation with Dr Richard Brown (University of Leeds).

Recent adaptations and interpretations of the Brontës’ lives and works through film, art, literature and theatre raise questions about the continuing fascination with these literary figures, as well as highlighting the wider potential for artistic intervention or collaboration between artworks and audiences. Similarly, it is through innovative contemporary arts programmes that organisations like the Brontë Parsonage Museum and the Brontë Society seek to move beyond simple ‘caricatures’ of the family and encourage diverse audience engagement.

This one day cross-disciplinary conference will explore the recent ‘re-visioning’ of the Brontës through critically examining artistic responses and interpretations of their work. The conference will address ways in which the legacy of the Brontës is exerting an influence in a range of creative fields, and across a variety of media.

This theme lends itself to a broad field of research and practice. Topics for discussion will include:

• The Brontës’ influence in contemporary culture
• Creative adaptations or reinterpretations of the Brontës’ lives and works
• Curatorial interpretations of the Brontës
• The myth and legacy of the Brontës
• Responses to exhibitions of Brontë material
• Representations of the Brontës in literary biographies

Please keep checking this blog for updates and posts relating to the conference and associated events.