Week 24: Austen

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Week 24
3/28/11
JANE AUSTEN, 1775-1817 : PERSUASION
-reflects upon Romanticism from a critical and sympathetic perspective
-relates to being a woman
-determined to publish novels + interested in critical reaction to her work
-most popular British lit writer today
-> nuanced, crafted prose
-> extremely critical of society in novels
Ironic Romances
-“comedies – narratives about proposal of marriage after a series of obstacles/difficulties
-Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice
-sharp renderings of romantic
Social Satires
-shifts away from individuality of 2 characters; places them in relation to their society
-the difficulties they encounter stem from society as opposed to indiosyncratic
personalities
-Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion
-her novels focus on how 2 ppl have difficulty misunderstanding each other.
English Peerage
-peerage = English nobility. Conferred by monarch on individuals, who inherit property,
-everone else beneath the “Peerage is a commoner. But there’s a “grey area” called the
gentry, and the gentlemen below them (who emulate the Peerage)
-Knights + Baronets = gentry
-Baronet: differs from knighthood in that it is hereditary. Usually associated w a specific
place or property.
-originally, James I granted baronetcy to men who supported him financially -> not
peerage
Ch. 1: opening
-commenting on reading
-Sir Walter Elliot reads the book as though it is a mirror, where he reads his own self into
it -> affirms own vanity in it.
-vanity of status + appearance
-stylistic prose: she speaks outside, and within, him. We get to see him objectively but
also slide into his mind to see the cold, sterile, naricisstic character he truly is -> cold and
objective about his wife’s death:most accurately”
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Reflects upon romanticism from a critical and sympathetic perspective. Determined to publish novels + interested in critical reaction to her work. Comedies narratives about proposal of marriage after a series of obstacles/difficulties. Sense and sensibility, northanger abbey, pride and prejudice. Shifts away from individuality of 2 characters; places them in relation to their society. The difficulties they encounter stem from society as opposed to indiosyncratic personalities. Her novels focus on how 2 ppl have difficulty misunderstanding each other. Conferred by monarch on individuals, who inherit property, Everone else beneath the peerage is a commoner. But there"s a grey area called the gentry, and the gentlemen below them (who emulate the peerage) Baronet: differs from knighthood in that it is hereditary. Usually associated w a specific place or property. Originally, james i granted baronetcy to men who supported him financially -> not peerage.

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