Posts tagged ‘Jane Austen’

Latest Book Club Titles

Just released on April 1, these brand new book club titles are perfect for your next reading group meeting:


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…

Professor’s favorite books

Professors at Mount Mary College discuss their own favorite reads in this article from the MMC student newspaper, Arches:

Here’s an excerpt from reporter, Michael Riedlinger’s article, Professor’s Favorite Books:

As we approach mid-term at Mount Mary College, students and professors alike peruse textbooks, journals and research articles in their various subjects with diligence. Sometimes it is easy reading that can be for enjoyment too. We asked several Mount Mary professors about their favorite books. This is what they had to say.

Dr. Wendy Weaver, English Department:

A little naive and a little over-influenced by her reading, Catherine Morland, the heroine of Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey,” makes that novel one of my all-time favorites. Because it is a novel about reading, it enriches just about any class I teach it in. It has an added feature in that in addition to offering readers Austen’s characteristic insight into human nature, it also quite amusingly parodies the traditional Gothic novel.

Ann Angel, English department:

I have so many favorite books! “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “Unless” by Carol Shields, “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss. I think each of these books contains a subversive element, and each of these writers seeks to make the world a better place by connecting readers to actions and thoughts that lead to change. The books have taught me to encourage students to write work that explodes genre and becomes art – work that can change the world. Read More…