William Shakespeare – circa April 23, 1564 – April 23, 1616
The Bodleian First Folio
A digital facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays
Henry Crawford: “…But Shakespeare one gets acquainted with without knowing how. It is a part of an English-man’s constitution. His thoughts and beauties are so spread abroad that one touches them every where; one is intimate with him by instinct. – No man of any brain can open at a good part of one of his plays, without falling into the flow of his meaning immediately.”
“No doubt, one is familiar with Shakespeare in a degree,” said Edmund, “from one’s earliest years. His celebrated passages are quoted by every body; they are in half the books we open, and we all talk Shakespeare, use his similes, and describe with his descriptions; but this is totally distinct from giving his sense as you gave it. To know him in bits and scraps is common enough; to know him pretty thoroughly is, perhaps, not uncommon; but to read him well aloud is no everyday talent.”
- Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Vol. III, Ch. III
“His reading was capital…”
Mansfield Park, illus. CE Brock [Mollands]
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Originally posted on Sarah Emsley:
You’re invited to a conversation about Jane Austen’s
When: from May 9 to December 31, 2014
Where: right here at sarahemsley.com
I really hope you’ll join us in celebrating 200 years of Austen’s masterpiece. More than forty wonderful people are writing guest posts about Mansfield Park for my blog this year, and I hope you’ll all participate in the discussion in the comments. With exactly one month to go before the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication, the countdown is on!
The party begins on Friday, May 9th, with Lyn Bennett’s thoughts on the first paragraph, followed in the next few weeks by Judith Thompson on Mrs. Norris and adoption, Jennie Duke on Fanny Price at age ten (“though there might not be much in her first appearance to captivate, there was, at least, nothing to disgust her relations”), Cheryl Kinney on Tom Bertram’s assessment of Dr. Grant’s health (“he…
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Have finished yet another re-read of Mansfield Park, in celebration of its bicentenary, and as always with a slow, deliberate re-read of anything Austen, one finds all sorts of new insights, new sentences, new cause for chuckles [yes! even Mansfield Park is chuckle-worthy!] – but as I have little time at present to engage in long semi-thoughtful posts on this novel, I shall just begin posting every few days some of my favorite lines, passages, all exhibiting the best of Jane Austen … and welcome your comments…
Today I start with a sentence in the first paragraph. Without the legendary opening line of Pride & Prejudice’s “a truth universally acknowledged” to start the tale, Mansfield Park begins rather like a family accounting – how the three Ward sisters fared with husband finding. And then we have this sentence, rather snuck in there I think to echo Pride and Prejudice:
“But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them.”
[MP, Vol. I, Ch. I]
And we find in the three Ward sisters the limited options available to women of limited fortune in Jane Austen’s day: Maria lands the baronet, Frances marries for Love and ends up the worst of the lot, and the eldest becomes a vicar’s wife and one of Austen’s most beastly characters … and thus begins Mansfield Park…
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A special issue of Persuasions On-Line is now available for reading, free to all!
As we usher in spring, we are pleased to announce the release of Persuasions On-Line, Vol. 34, No. 2, a collection of essays on “Teaching Austen and Her Contemporaries.” This issue, which is freely accessible on our website, furthers JASNA’s commitment to fostering the study and appreciation of Jane Austen’s works, life, and genius. Relatively little has been published on teaching Jane Austen, and the articles in this edition expand on that important area of Austen scholarship.
Many thanks to Persuasions Editor Susan Allen Ford and Co-Editors Bridget Draxler (Monmouth College) and Misty Krueger (University of Maine) for developing this unique issue.
Table of Contents:
Bridget Draxler, Misty Krueger, and Susan Allen Ford
Discovering Jane Austen in Today’s College Classroom Devoney Looser
Teaching Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey as a “Crossover” Text Misty Krueger
Teaching Two Janes: Austen and West in Dialogue Daniel Schierenbeck
Taking Emma to the Street: Toward a Civic Engagement Model of Austen Pedagogy Danielle Spratt
Teaching to the Resistance: What to Do When Students Dislike Austen Olivera Jokic
“Hastening Together to Perfect Felicity”: Teaching the British Gothic Tradition through Parody and Role-Playing Andrea Rehn
Teaching Jane Austen in Bits and Bytes: Digitizing Undergraduate Archival Research Bridget Draxler
Jane Austen Then and Now: Teaching Georgian Jane in the Jane-Mania Media Age Jodi L. Wyett
Dancing with Jane Austen: History and Practice in the Classroom Cheryl A. Wilson
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“Rear Admiral” of Austen in Boston posted this on a Jane Austen discussion group, his facebook page, and his blog. I think it is quite brilliant, and it will give you your Daily Chuckle – he gives me permission to post it here for your enjoyment!
Playing in Parts, by James Gillray (1801) – Wikipedia Commons
From “Rear Admiral”: From something I posted on the Goodreads Jane Austen discussion page…I got just a bit carried away….. As I’m stuck in the (mostly) 70s/Singer Songwriter Era some (all?) of these might be unknown but I had way too much fun with this so here goes:
“Longways” Country Dance, by Thomas Rowlandson (1790s) – wikipedia
Thank you Kirk! – Anyone want to add their own versions of Jane Austen in song?
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