Tuesday, February 22, 2011

February 21-25 From George I to George Washington

In the Midst of the Enlightenment, the AmericanWar for Independence, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic Era:  Jane Austen Conquers the World of Miniatures and Manners

Monday: Presidents' Day.  Hope you did not forget to read from Pride and Prejudice

Tuesday:  Discussion of Pride and Prejudice.
                 Readings from Essays on the Enlightenment and Key Thinkers
                 More from Simon Schama
                  Review Ideas for a Test

Wednesday:  Discussion of Pride and Prejudice
                      Twenty Questions on the Times:  British History, Scottish Struggles, and the Enlightenment
                       More from Simon Schama

Thursday:  Discussion of Pride and Prejudice
                   Surveying the Texts and Timelines of the 17th Century
                    More from Simon Schama OR ....

Friday:  Turn in this week's reports.
               Film or in-class work on recent studies

This week's reports:  Pick a War or Leader Prior to the French Revolution.  Write one page giving the most basic information about the event or person. 

Whenever I take up "Pride and Prejudice" or "Sense and Sensibility," I feel like a barkeeper entering the Kingdom of Heaven. I mean, I feel as he would probably feel, would almost certainly feel. I am quite sure I know what his sensations would be -- and his private comments. He would be certain to curl his lip, as those ultra-good Presbyterians went filing self-complacently along. ...
She makes me detest all her people, without reserve. Is that her intention? It is not believable. Then is it her purpose to make the reader detest her people up to the middle of the book and like them in the rest of the chapters? That could be. That would be high art. It would be worth while, too. Some day I will examine the other end of her books and see.
Mark Twain, in an essay- "Jane Austen,"

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