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Jane Austen News – Issue 94

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What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  

 


How To Teach Austen

The New York Times has just published an article looking at how to teach students about Austen in the modern era. They asked for teachers to comment on how they teach Austen to their own classes, but they also published a great list of their own suggestions.

Study the word choices

“Have students read ‘The Word Choices That Explain Why Jane Austen Endures,’ and study the graphic (featured below). Then, invite them to take whatever Austen novel they are reading, choose a passage, and highlight words and phrases that illustrate the findings, just as the author does in the piece with lines from “Emma” and “Persuasion.”

How do “these distinctive words, word clusters and grammatical constructions highlight her writerly preoccupations: states of mind and feeling, her characters’ unceasing efforts to understand themselves and other people”? How do they show her “acute emotional intelligence”?”

Ask the students to draw parallels

What connections can students make between any of the Austen novels and their own lives?

What are the rules, written and unwritten, that govern courtship, love and marriage in Jane Austen?

What are the rules, written and unwritten, that govern courtship, love and marriage today?

Study the adaptations

Always a popular option. Have students choose an Austen update to compare and contrast with the original, and write essays in which they decide how well it has recast the original’s ideas, characters, themes, plot, setting, tone and language. Or, invite them to create their own adaptations.

There are far more suggestions in the article on how to teach Austen than we have space to list here, but if you’d like to read them all you can find the full article here. Or you might prefer to try their other idea…

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Jane Austen Day – 16th December 2015

Jane Austen Day with Charlotte

Happy Jane Austen Day!

 

Happy Jane Austen Day

Today we’re celebrating Jane’s birthday in Bath at the Jane Austen Centre and on the streets of the city.

At the Centre we been performing traditional carols, giving out Cassandra Austen’s recipe plum pudding and mulled wine and generally having a bit of fun on this special day.

Have you done anything for Jane Austen Day? Let us know.

Jane Austen Day with Charlotte

We’ve been asking members of the public if anyone knows what day it is. The results are great and you can see a short film we’ve made below.

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