Thursday, January 14th

Course Introduction: the whole class will meet via Zoom. Link to meeting to be posted.

The Jane Austen Society of North America

The Republic of Pemberley

The Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen Places

Jane Austen’s House Museum

Chawton House Library



Film Adaptation site on IMDB and JASNA’s Jane Austen on Screen

Jane Austen merchandise:  On Etsy and Cafe Press

Jane Austen biography (from JASNA)

More Links

Tuesday, January 19th:  Virginia Woolf and Margaret Doody on Jane Austen

From Pride and Prejudice, Appendix D: From the Conduct Books (367-382 and PDF link)

Jane Austen’s Manuscript Works: Frederic and Elfrida,” “Jack and Alice,” “Henry and Eliza a novel,” “The Beautifull Cassandra” and “The Visit: a comedy in 2 acts” (47-89). Links to online text connected to titles.

“Love and Freindship” (Jane Austen’s Manuscript Works 93-123). Link to online text. The British Library’s manuscript of the second volume can be seen here.

From Sensibility (JA Online): Excerpts from Vicesimus Knox, Edward Jerningham, Caspar David Friedrich

Writing prompt for today (in two parts): 1. Briefly (2 sentences) characterize Austen’s younger voice. Support your assertion with textual evidence. 2. Explore the Broadview Online: Jane Austen in Context website and choose one resource to briefly analyze and comment upon.

If you are still waiting for your access, simply note and then expand part one, going into greater depth and using more examples to comment on Austen’s juvenilia.

Please submit your assignment using our eLC site (Tools>Assignment> Tuesday, January 19th, Writing Prompt.)

Thursday, January 21st

“Catharine, or the Bower” (Jane Austen’s Manuscript Works 164-203)
From Manuscript Works, Appendix D: From Mary Wollstonecraft’s Thoughts on the Education of Daughters (401 and PDF)

If you do not yet have Manuscript Works, contact me and I will get you temporary access.

Please note that PDFs are now available for the Appendix noted above (Wollstonecraft) and for the material assigned for Tuesday’s class (Fordyce and Gregory)

The British Library page on the juvenilia. Take a few minutes to at least glance through Austen’s “History of England”, which is available to read in manuscript on the BL page, although you have to scroll down to read it. It is also available on this site out of the University of Chicago.

Watch the first few minutes of Mansfield Park. Directed by Patricia Rozema, performances by Frances O’Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Harold Pinter, Focus Films, 1999. 

Please respond to both prompts:

1. Now that you’ve read much of the short juvenilia, as well as “Catharine, or the Bower,” I’d like you to note at least 1 connection between “Catharine,” and one of the other pieces. You can note a narrative technique, a recurring theme, etc. etc. The trick here is to make your assertion both analytical and compelling. Do this by employing direct quotation from the text followed by analysis.

2. Note one way in which Austen’s early work either conforms or resists the educational precepts set out by Reverend Fordyce, Dr. Gregory, or Mary Wollstonecraft.

Tuesday, January 26th

Lady Susan (Jane Austen’s Manuscript Works 205-267). Link to information about the Morgan Library’s manuscript.

An “epistolary novel” is “a novel whose plot is entirely developed through letters, whether through an exchange of letters between multiple characters or through the correspondence of only one character. The form has been employed for the immediacy it lends the narrative (that is, events are recounted just after — and occasionally even during — the moment of their occurrence) as well as the opportunity it provides to reveal the intimate, private thought s of characters” (The Bedford Glossary of Literary Terms 110)

Weekly Writing Prompt: What does Lady Susan reveal about herself, both consciously and unconsciously, in the section of the novella read for today? What role do letters written by others in the novel play in Lady’s Susan’s character development? Please submit on elC.

Thursday, January 28th

Continue discussion of Lady Susan

“‘Jane Austen’ and Jane Austen” in Recreating Jane Austen by John Wiltshire, Cambridge UP, 2001, pp. 1-12. . Available as an online book through

and   “‘I Want to Be a Scavenger’: A Conversation with Whit Stillman.” Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line, vol. 38, no. 1, 2017. 

Emma Thompson’s Golden Globe speech

Trailer for Becoming Jane

Trailer for Miss Austen Regrets

Watched clips from Love and FriendshipDirected by Whit Stillman, performances by Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Westerly Films, 2016. [First 10 minutes or so, “chasing peas” dinner scene, Lady Susan and Frederica’s conversation, Sir James announces his impending fatherhood, and Lady Susan arrives at Reginald and Frederica’s wedding]

Watched the first few minutes of Mansfield Park. Directed by Patricia Rozema, performances by Frances O’Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Harold Pinter, Focus Films, 1999. [From the opening credits through Fanny’s bow after reading her juvenilia.]

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