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Fanny Burney Bolsters Young People

Fanny Burney’s “Evelina” is still very relevant to the lives of young people.

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Comparing Evelina and Twilight

We talked about the movie Twilight in the last gathering of my British Restoration and 18th Century Couples Comedy class. That and France Burney’s epistolary novel Evelina (1775). Hang on as I spell out the connection. If you don’t know about Twilight, then you are probably neither a teenager nor the parent of a teenager. […]

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But What If Daddy’s Wrong about Him?

Frances Burney   The fascinating conversations with my students about father-daughter relationships and Frances Burney’s Evelina continued yesterday.  The class had a range of reactions to how Evelina should respond when her guardian tells her to override her growing affection for Lord Orville. He has a number of reasons to be nervous.  Lord Orville (they both […]

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Writing Letters to Daddy about Boys

Fanny Burney  I have been having a wonderful time teaching Fanny Burney’s 1778 novel Evelina, written when she was 26. The novel was an instant success when it first appeared and it still resonates. This in spite of the fact that it is written in letters and reflects a society far more formal than our […]

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