Posts tagged ‘Emma’

Dear Emma, I can’t stand you…

Jane Austen's EMMA

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By Mandy Webster

Emma. By Jane Austen. New York, NY: Doubleday Large Print, 2004.

This book review is an excerpt from the response paper I wrote recently on Emma.

Dear Ms. Austen,

Although your work may have received excellent reviews back in 1815, I do not believe Emma is quite ready for publishing in the modern world. I realize you are attempting to be humorous with this work, but your efforts leave much to be desired. The lack of meaningful dialogue and your tendency to tell rather than show the most important passages of the story make Emma unsuitable for publishing without a great deal of revisions. Read more…

Read With Me: February Books

Cover of "Running With Scissors"

Cover of Running With Scissors

By Mandy Webster

Well, I am officially back to school for the spring semester, and I have a nice, heavy load of novels to read for my Literature & Humor – ENG 794.001 at Mount Mary College. Several of our February books are from my reading list for this course:

Jane Austen: What am I missing?

Portrait of Jane Austen, from the memoir by J....

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By Mandy Webster

I think I might be one of the few English majors on the face of the Earth who does not like Jane Austen. In fact, not only do most English majors I know like Austen, but many of them can’t seem to stop raving about her. I used to think it was mainly women who enjoyed reading her work, but I’m learning that she seems to have a universal appeal among English majors.

I’m sorry if I offend anyone, but I just don’t get it. I just started reading Emma for my Literature and Humor course that starts this upcoming Saturday, and after just one chapter, I am ready to close the book. I simply have a hard time finding amusement in the mindless prattle of an overindulged twit who is more than a little too impressed by her own wit.

Now, maybe I’m just missing something. And if I am, I’m sure it’s not the first time. I’m trying to keep an open mind as I read, to try to understand what it is about Jane Austen that other English majors love. Since we’re reading the novel for a course which analyzes humor in literature, I am specifically looking for passages that have some element of humor involved. Read more…