Posted by: rearadmiral | September 22, 2019

9/22 Two weeks in review…

Emma with a charming cast…on the radio.

From 3 yrs ago…..Fun fact….Laura Carmichael is also a member of Team Austen…she played Jane Austen’s sister-in-law Elizabeth Knight in a 15 minute BBC radio piece. She had the perfect tone for my “image” of Elizabeth Knight. I’m also loving Rosamund’s reading of P&P. While not a fan of audiobooks, sigh, I could listen to Rosamund all day! -Kirk
I think this one is from Downton Abbey Italia….they played sisters in the moving United Kingdom.…

Jane Austen 2017 and onwards posted:
“A short video clip I found on the 145th anniversary of J.E. Austen-Leigh’s death.”…

Austentatious Library
September 13 at 12:58 PM ·
In honor of Friday the 13th, an Emma snippet about luck:

“And have you never known the pleasure and triumph of a lucky guess? I pity you. I thought you cleverer; for depend upon it, a lucky guess is never merely luck. There is always some talent in it.”

~ Miss Tracy

#AustentatiousLibrary #HappyEmmaFridayThe13th

“What about Jane Austen’s work has captured your interest?
Since middle school, I have read her work repeatedly for many different reasons. As a student of literature, I admire her prose, her style. I appreciate the contributions she made to the novel genre, her satire and social critique combined with her compassion and insight into the human condition.
Recently, I am drawn to her characters I think of as the good hosts: Elinor Dashwood, Mr. Knightley, Colonel Brandon, characters who quietly but actively care for their communities, who address the needs of others. As I get older, I appreciate more and more these qualities in people, which I think reading Jane Austen has helped me to recognize as strength and goodness.
Still, I never planned to teach an Honors seminar specifically on her work until a few students saw my Jane Austen action figure on the bookshelf and asked me to do so.
That class has turned out to be an enormously satisfying experience (personally and professionally) every time I teach it.
Favorite spots on campus
The classroom and the library stacks – I love the smell of all those books, all those ideas and stories.
Pet Peeve
A lack of generosity.Guilty Pleasures
Maroon 5 and peanut butter cup ice cream.
Surprising moment on campus
While chatting with a friend on the FDH elevator, a man riding with us turned to me and asked if I was from Massachusetts. How could he tell? I don’t have a Boston accent! He grew up in a neighboring town and said I sounded “like home.”
Reading recommendations
Sometimes books appear in our lives when we need them most. Here are three books I found when I was young, and that I return to over and over again: Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure, Jane Austen’s Emma, George Eliot’s Middlemarch.
This list is not exclusive, not the three best books ever, but three books that have meant a lot to me over the years. What I realize now about these works – they focus on the importance of generosity, of kindness as strength. ”


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