Tagged: Austen

From The Wall Street Journal: The Classic Books You Haven’t Read

Finnegans Wake and Fifty Shades of Grey are at two extremes of the incomprehensible: one is a classic that befuddles; the other a plastic that bewilders. Many feel guilty about not having read the books of the first kind. And most of these would be unwilling to expiate themselves in any shade or variation recommended […]

Core to see Pride & Prejudice on stage

On March 20th, the second-year Core Humanities students will hear a lecture on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by the novelist Allegra Goodman.  Dr. Goodman’s most recent book The Cookbook Collector has been described as a “Sense and Sensibility for the digital age.” We are fortunate that a theatrical version of Pride and Prejudice is […]

Analects of the Core: Austen on stupid men (and some Austeniana)

Thank Heaven! I am going to-morrow where I shall find a man who has not one agreeable quality, who has neither manner nor sense to recommend him. Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing, after all. – Elizabeth Bennet, in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Volume II, Chapter iv, 151-152 (Penguin Classics edition) * […]

Analects of the Core: Austen on vanity and pride

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us. -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 5. Lynn Festa will be lecturing to the students of […]