Thursday, April 1st

Continue discussion of Mansfield Park
Critical reading: Edward Said, Susan Fraiman, and Brian Southam

Rozema’s Mansfield Park”  originally written for the Times Literary Supplement, December 31, 1999, pg. 16.


Mansfield Park. Directed by Patricia Rozema, screenplay by Patricia Rozema, performances by Frances O’Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Harold PinterBBC and Miramax, 1999. (1 hour, 52 minutes)

Time stamps of scenes watched in class: 3.09-5.55; 14.02-18.22; 24.13-34.00; 48.06-52.00; 1.02.00-1.14.00; 1:24.00-1.32.00; 1.40.30-to the end of the film.

Tuesday, April 6th

Writing Workshop

Thursday, April 8th

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Tuesday, April 13th

Emma (Volume I and II)

The Gentry Woman’s Domestic Responsibilities / Isabel Hutchinson

Weekly Writing Prompt: 

How does Emma‘s first sentence differ from those found in Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park? And in what ways are the different preoccupation of this text developed over the first two volumes of the novel?

Thursday, April 15th

Emma (Volume III)

Tuesday, April 20th

Conclude discussion of Emma
Claudia Johnson, “Emma: ‘Woman, lovely woman reigns alone‘” from Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel (1988), excerpted in Emma, Norton Critical Fourth Edition, pp. 415-427.
Emily Auerbach, “An Imaginist Like Herself” from Searching for Jane Austen (2004), excerpted in Emma, Norton Critical Fourth Edition, pp. 439-441.

Weekly Writing Prompt:

Briefly summary both Johnson’s and Auerbach’s arguments.  Each summary should be at least 1 paragraph long. As part of your summary, identify one or two statements that you identify as most representative of the critic’s overall argument. Conclude each summary paragraph with 1 or 2 sentences of analysis indicating where you stand in relation to the critic’s response to the text.

The Navy / Rosie Albenice

Viewing of Emma Adaptation clips: 

CluelessDirected by Amy Heckerling, screenplay by Amy Heckerling, performances by Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd, Paramount Pictures, 1995. (1 hour, 37 minutes)

EmmaDirected by Douglas McGrath, screenplay by Douglas McGrath, performances by Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette, Alan Cumming, and Jeremy Northam, Miramax, 1996. (2 hours)

EmmaDirected by Diarmuid Lawrence, screenplay by Andrew Davies, performances by Kate Beckinsale, Mark Strong, and Samantha Morton, A&E Television Networks, Chestermead, and Meridian Broadcasting, 1996 (1 hour, 47 minutes)

EmmaDirected by Jim O’Hanlon, screenplay by Sandy Welch, performances by Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, and Jonny Lee Miller, BBC Drama Productions, 2009. (4 hours)

Aisha. Directed by Rajshree Ojha, screenplay by Devika Bhagat, performances by Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, and Ira Dubey, PVR Pictures, 2010. (2 hours, and 6 minutes)

Emma. Directed by Autumn de Wilde, screenplay by Eleanor Catton, performances by Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, and Josh O’Connor, Perfect World Pictures, et. al., 2020. (2 hours, and 4 minutes)

Emma and Mr. Knightley have a fight, Emma gets the shock of her life, Emma and Knightley dance (2020) and Harriet and Emma scene pack (2020)

Thursday, April 22nd

Persuasion (Volume I)

Film Clips: Anne meets Frederick Wentworth (5 mins), The walk to Winthrop (11:31), Meeting Mr. Elliot (7:40), and Louisa Musgrove’s accident (9:03)

It’s Doughnut Time! Oops, I mean Evaluation time!

Tuesday, April 27th

Persuasion (Volume II)
Critical reading: Walle

Two-part weekly writing prompt:

  1. Briefly summarize Walle’s argument before examining a single passage in Volume II that demonstrates Wentworth’s qualities as a “man of feeling.” Furthermore, examine the passage to argue for the growth of expressed feeling between Anne and Wentworth.
  2. Please post a paragraph description of your second essay. Link to Assignment. You will be evaluated here on the progress you make in developing a viable thesis statement in response to one of the prompts. If you are choosing to develop a weekly writing response, please do indicate that you’re doing so and note how you are developing your short response into a 5-7 page essay. A good description will:
    • indicate your thesis
    • suggest the structure of the essay
    • provide some evidence so that I can assist you in developing your essay.

It’s Doughnut Time! Oops, I mean Evaluation time!

Thursday, April 29th / Last Day of Class

Conclude discussion of Persuasion 
Read Sanditon (Jane Austen’s Manuscript Works 319-385)

If you can find the time to watch the following clips, it would be ideal: “Captain Wentworth comes to Bath,” “The Concert,” “Misapprehensions,” and Frederick Wentworth’s Letter”

Last scenes (1995) and (2007)

Trailer for Sanditon (2019) and Trailer for Bridgerton (2020)

The debate over Bridgerton and race” and “Shondaland’s Regency: On ‘Bridgerton’

Link to website for #VirtualJaneCon 2021

It’s Doughnut Time! Oops, I mean Evaluation time!

Second Essay Due May by Thursday, May 6th at 9:00pm via electronic submission

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