Tag Archives: Northanger Abbey

Austen’s Mixed Feelings about Gothics

An exploration of Jane Austen’s mixed feelings about the gothic–and about lightweight lit.

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Does Lightweight Lit Do Damage?

I look at how thinkers over the centuries have viewed so-called popular or lightweight literature.

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Austen Has Some of Lit’s Best Mean Girls

I survey the meaning of some of my favorite literary mean girls.

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Looking for Non-Existent Voter Fraud

Trump loves conspiracy theories. So, until she sees the light, does Catherine Morland in “Northanger Abbey.”

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Spying, in Austen and at Colleges

In “Northanger Abbey,” Tilney startles us with his use of the word “spies.” Spying has become one means that universities are using to combat Covid outbreaks.

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The Dangers of Emotional Identification

In which I push back against an article warning about emotional identification with literary characters.

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Jane Austen Explains Mansplaining

Jane Austen understood mansplaining very well. “Northanger Abbey” provides a case study.

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Austenland, a Game for Janeites

At the end of each fall semester, we have a “fall festival” where the first year seminar students present a project to the community that shares some of what they have learned. This year my Jane Austen class invented a board game for the occasion, which they are calling Austenland. In the past, my Austen […]

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Inviting Jane into Your Life

Once again Jane Austen has stepped into the lives of my students and enriched their lives immeasurably.

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