Final Self-Assessment Essay Guidelines, DUE 5/13/22

Please read over your blog responses, annotated bibs and reflections, and any in-class writing you’ve done on Teams or elsewhere. Please also review your reading journal from beginning to end, to see which texts or discussions attracted your interest or inspired further thought. Take a few moments to reflect on what you’ve done and what … Continue reading “Final Self-Assessment Essay Guidelines, DUE 5/13/22”


Scenework in Persuasion

The prevailing thought I had reading all of these Austen novels, and in particular Persuasion, is that they feel much more like modern novels than anything else we’ve read so far this semester. There’s an attention to realism which was all but absent in the Amatory fiction we looked at, not merely in terms of … Continue reading “Scenework in Persuasion”

Persuasion, 1818

Because everyone is pushing to get their reading done and assignments underway, we’ll have a very simple prompt for class discussion tomorrow. Choose a passage from Persuasion that lets you talk about Austen’s development as a novelist, or about the novel’s development since Haywood. Because I know everyone is pushing hard to finish the reading … Continue reading “Persuasion, 1818”

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Final Projects

We’re going to read NA and MP and continue our discussions of the final project. As you read NA or MP, think about Austen’s relation to the sentimental or didactic models of reading represented by Richardson or Burney. If there’s a “reformation” or “correction” of the heroine/coquet, how does it happen? What role does literary … Continue reading “Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Final Projects”

Greenfield and Troost, New Directions in Jane Austen Studies

This new Literature Compass essay has just appeared as part of their very useful series, and seems appropriate for a number of you as you think about the course readings and potential research projects. Taylin, for example, could consider the role of material culture as she thinks about the importance of dress, Serena could be … Continue reading “Greenfield and Troost, New Directions in Jane Austen Studies”


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