Persuasions No. 33

Sense and Sensibility
First edition, Sense and Sensibility

The new issue of JASNA’s journal, Persuasions No. 33, was mailed to members the week of June 25 and should arrive within two weeks.  Persuasions 33 features essays from the 2011 AGM in Fort Worth, “Jane Austen: 200 Years of Sense and Sensibility.”

A varied group of essays celebrates the two-hundredth anniversary of Austen’s novel.  Sheryl Craig explores Sense and Sensibility in the context of the financial crisis of the mid-1790s.  Marcia McClintock Folsom makes sense of the narrator’s angry voice.  Beth Lau uses the principles of cognitive therapy to understand Elinor and Marianne while Patricia Howell Michaelson looks at eighteenth-century ideas of “woman’s language” as it is spoken by the novel’s silly characters.  Other writers explore the plot and character from a variety of perspectives: Kathryn Davis tracks Mrs. Dashwood’s development; Susan Allen Ford looks at Mrs. Dashwood’s reading of Columella; or, the Distressed Anchoret as a way of understanding her and Edward; Joyce Kerr Tarpley uses the lens of Genesis to consider primogeniture and its impact on the sons in the novel.  Finally, Helong Zhang and Theresa Kenney consider Jane Austen’s reception in China and in European socialist countries.

Miscellany offers further delights, beginning with an essay by the late Brian Southam on Jane Austen’s seaside travels.  Barbara K. Seeber makes the case for the study of Jane Austen’s verse.  Sally B. Palmer, Lynda A. Hall, and Juliet McMaster offer additional perspectives on Sense and Sensibility.  Paul Sweeten looks at the small talk in Pride and Prejudice while Leo Rockas pinpoints exactly when Darcy falls in love.  Laurie Kaplan and A. Rose Pimentel explore the associations of Austen’s London through Mansfield Park and Emma.  Via the conduct literature of the period, Linda Zionkowski considers the problem of advice in Emma.  Margie Burns speculates on the comic loose ends in the novels, and Elisabeth Lenckos picks up a different kind of loose end: a satiric, nineteenth-century character by the name of Johanna von Austen.  Click here to see the complete Table of Contents.

In the meantime, more vastly smart essays from the Fort Worth AGM and a rich Miscellany may be found in Persuasions On-Line 32.1 (published December 16, 2011).