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The Novels of Jane Austen with Sasha Troyan (Sold Out)

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4 Sessions via Zoom Tuesdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT March 16 to June 15, 2021

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Meeting Dates:
Tuesdays, 3/16, 4/13, 5/18, 6/15
6-7:30pm ET via Zoom

Jane Austen’s novels are as popular today as they were two hundred and ten years ago. Of course, not everyone was a fan of her novels; notably, Charlotte Brontë who wrote to the critic G.H. Lewes, ‘Why do you like Miss Austen so very much? I am puzzled on that point. I had not seen Pride and Prejudice till I read that sentence of yours, and then I got the book and studied it. And what did I find? An accurate daguerreotyped portrait of a commonplace face; a carefully-fenced, highly cultivated garden with neat border and delicate flowers-but no glance of a vivid physiognomy-no open country-no fresh air-no blue hill-no bonny beck. I should hardly like to live with her ladies and gentlemen in their elegant but confined houses.”

Even Charlotte Brontë’s criticism suggests Jane Austen’s virtues: the intricate design of her novels and the finely wrought prose. But she neglects Austen’s wit and her ability to capture the society of her time. Posterity has proved Charlotte Brontë wrong. We do want to spend time with Austen’s “ladies and gentlemen.” This reading group will explore what makes Jane Austen’s novels enduringly popular. We will read four of her best novels.

An audiobook accompaniment to Pride and Prejudice generously provided by Audible to enhance the reading experience.


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    Sasha Troyan

    Sasha Troyan

    Sasha Troyan teaches full time in the Writing Department at Montclair State University. She has also published two novels: Angels in the Morning (The Permanent Press) and The Forgotten Island (Tin House/Bloomsbury); and a short story, “Hidden Works,” in Ploughshares, which was nominated for a Pushcart Award and mentioned as a distinguished story in Best American Short Stories 2010.