A statue of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy rises above London’s Serpentine Lake (2013)

Tuesday, September 5th

Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Volume 3

How rich was Mr. Darcy? A BBC “More or Less” podcast:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csvq3g


What did Pemberley look like?

Thursday, September 7th

Pride and Prejudice film adaptations

Excerpts from Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s DiaryPenguin Books, 1996: Scene just after Bridget and Mark’s first conversation (12); two passages associated with the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice(215-216)


Tuesday, September 12th

Baker, Longbourn (pp. 1-214)


Working-class women and their labor

I think of Longbourn — if this is not too much of an aspiration — as being in the same tradition as Wide Sargasso Sea or Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. It’s a book that engages with Austen’s novel in a similar way to Jean Rhys’s response to Jane Eyre and Tom Stoppard’s to Hamlet. I found something in the existing text that niggled me, that felt unresolved, and wanted to explore it further. That was the pull for me, that sense of unresolvedness* — I can’t really speculate on what it was for other writers: I’m afraid I don’t know the other fictions around Austen’s work terribly well at all.

The unresolvedness for me was to do with being a lifelong fan of Austen’s work, but knowing that recent ancestors of mine had been in service. I loved her work, but I didn’t quite belong in it — and I felt the need to explore that further.NPR INTERVIEW WITH JO BAKER

Thursday, September 14th

Finish reading Longbourn


Tuesday, September 19th

Zoboi, Pride

Thursday, September 21st



Young Adult Fiction and Jane Austen


Tuesday, September 26th

First Semester Exam

Thursday, September 28th

Emma, Volume I


What was it like to live in a small English village like Highbury?