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1:30 PM Jane Austen: Novels and Films – Evergreen Forum (PCOL)

October 22, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

We’ll read Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, and Emma. We’ll trace Austen’s take on “the disinherited daughter,” a story she inherited from eighteenth-century predecessors and updated. We’ll ask how the late novels, Persuasion and Emma, critique and revise early anxieties about the entailed paternal estate, the financial precarity of daughters, and the necessity of marriage. We’ll ask how the films “faithful” to the novels (Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility, Roger Michell’s Persuasion) and those wildly unfaithful (Amy Heckerling’s Clueless) engage twentieth-century audiences. Our work will be literary, cinematic, and historical, as we consider how the history of marriage—and Austen’s own feelings about wedding—shaped these narratives. 

Leader: Dianne Sadoff is professor emerita of English and director of the program in cinema studies at Rutgers University. She has also taught at Antioch College, Colby College, the University of Southern Maine, and Miami University of Ohio. 

Tuesdays: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 8 weeks: October 8 through December 3 (no class on 11/26 

Location: The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, Maximum 22 seats 

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October 22, 2019
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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