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Deidre Lynch

Lecture 22 – 131127 Emma as a novel of “knowable community”; gender differences (manliness and femininity, and the difference between the two) - Everybody says that Emma is a novel where the heroine is different from any other Austen heroine (hardly travels, little association to the home, etc.) - “Everybody” keeps echoing in the novel – the term is a fiction o Something wishful about it - Novel gesturing to the larger world - People who are unnamed (like the poor) in Emma - Neighbors in Jane Austen are not people actually living nearby but by those living a bit apart o Most actual people are not actually seen; those mentioned are those with class - Austen only deals with a specific demographic (people with property) o Neighbors may be poor people – not people living by but those living a little by - There is this world that we do not see that conditions so much that happens in it o Austen seems to draw upon something Inchbald did, of the empire where there are plantations with slave owners, etc. - Highbury is susceptibly a place of stability - Jane Fairfax’s life is shaped by larger distances and by impersonal forces (geographical distance) - Williams is perhaps mistaking Emma’s POV for Austen’s POV – easy for a novel that keeps inviting us to see the world through Emma’s eyes o Vol. 9, ch. 9, pg. 183: Emma doing nothing and it’s something she tends to do  “Harriet had business at…”  Mr. Cole’s horses returning from exercise – having carriage is proof for being of right rank to be visited  Jane’s thoughts on importance of post office  Austen likes her heroine for all of her faults (“a mind lively and at ease”) • Animating suspicion – suggesting things are dead • Emma’s mind is lively – source of life - Williams’ account of Austen’s exclusion of community seen through the gypsies o The gypsies ask for money and then Emma’s out for matchmaking again (great material for Emma to use for stimulation for her lively mind) o Vol. 3, ch. 3: “Such an adventure as this…foresight.” o Imaginist is Austen’s own word – Emma’s an imaginist  Churchill saving Harriet from gypsies – how can Emma not speculate of what will happen next • She thinks that Frank and Harriet will be together o Gypsies are very literary at this point of English literature  There’s a novel of a character gets stolen by gypsies and grows in such a setting, being stolen from his inheritance, etc. o Emma making stories of Harriet connecting with gypsies – both of mysterious origin  People of no fixed address (migrate around countryside rather than being homebound as respectable people would be) - Representation of outsiders that are not part of notable community and presentation that community is a fiction - Novel representing gender difference: - This novel brings up how gender differences divides the community - Austen in Emma, more than other
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