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  •  Austen's prose style (4+ / 0-)

    Austen's prose just trembles with life.  Her novel Emma is a virtual clinic in indirect free style, which she mastered long before Proust discovered it in Flaubert.  

    •  Have you read James Wood? (1+ / 0-)
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      He's a very sharp and extremely readable critic. He makes the same point: there's a chapter in his The Broken Estate called 'Jane Austen's Heroic Consciousness'.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:48:46 PM PDT

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      •  Yes (2+ / 0-)
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        I've not read the particular essay you mention, but I have read many of his essays in The Atlantic. I'll have to take a look at this one.  Perhaps if I ever restore Austen to my sophomore lit courses I will use it . . . I removed Austen a while back, when I became too depressed that too many students (sometimes entire classrooms) did not pick up on her wry humor -- even after I held their hands through multiple examples.  Sigh.

        •  Austen's pretty popular around these parts, (1+ / 0-)
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          with almost half the votes in the poll. But the Daily Kos Readers & Book Lovers group have mostly had time to read more books than your students. I've certainly found Austen's charms grew on me, as I saw more of life and read more books.

          "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

          by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 02:34:02 PM PDT

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