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Friday, October 23 Emma

Virginia Woolf wrote:  ‘while twelve readings of “Pride and Prejudice” give you twelve periods of pleasure repeated, as many readings of “Emma” give you that pleasure, not repeated only, but squared and squared again with each perusal, till at every fresh reading you feel anew that you never understood anything like the widening sum of its delights.’  I hope our discussion brings us to those widening delights, and as before, I want us to think about the heroine — of whom Austen said that she had chosen ‘a heroine whom noone but myself will much like’ as well as social issues.  Emma is an ‘imaginist’, and we’ll want to talk about her spectacular misreadings and misrepresentations of other people, as well as how others misread her.  On the social side, let’s talk about the very small circle represented in Emma — a perfect example of what she characterized as ‘three or four families in a country village’ — is the novel as circumscribed as that formulation indicates?

Friday, November 20  Persuasion

Tara Ghoshal Wallace is Emerita Professor of English at George Washington University, specializing in 18th– and 19th-century British literature.  Her books include Jane Austen and Narrative Authority, Imperial Characters:  Home and Periphery in Eighteenth-Century Literature, Women Critics, 1660-1820 (co-editor, with the Folger Collective), and Frances Burney’s A Busy Day (editor).  Recent articles include pieces on Austen, Burney, Alexander Pope, Walter Scott, and Mary Wollstonecraft.  Her current book project is on Walter Scott’s representations of monarchy.

During her long tenure at GWU, Tara Wallace has served as Associate Dean for Graduate Students, as the English Department’s Director of Graduate Students, and as Chair of the Committee on University Honours and the Faculty Senate’s Committee on Libraries.

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