Friday, January 01, 2010

Persuasion posts start tomorrow

By tomorrow, I will have arrived at a banner and some sort of plan for talking about Persuasion by Jane Austen, which, at 24 chapters, allows us for some extra days in the month of January to talk about related issues. That said, I don't want us to get particularly far into the new year without starting our Austen discussion.

So today, I propose the following schedule: There are four full weeks in January, during which I propose to discuss chapters of Austen's book on Sunday through Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday, leaving Wednesdays free for my usual Wednesdays with the Bard post as well as giving everyone a humpday sort of breather in their reading, so as to allow catch-up time for them that needs it - savvy? Also, I'll probably put a Persuasion- or Austen-related post up on Wednesdays as well, but those will most likely be of the larger-view nature and not examination of a particular chapter.

What this means is that I will be talking about Chapter One of Persuasion on Sunday, January 3rd, and we will move through Chapter Six by Saturday, January 9th. This means we will be talking about the final official chapter on January 30th, but on January 31st, we'll be talking about the "cancelled" chapter that manages to make it into quite a number of on-screen productions in various forms despite Austen's having lined it out.

Tomorrow, a detailed reading schedule, plus the aforementioned header and an introduction to some of the ideas of this work. I hope those of you who are interested in this topic in any way will consider pulling out your own copies of Persuasion, buying one (there are so many editions available, and many of them quite inexpensive (as in well under the $10 mark, in US or Canadian figures), or borrowing one from the library, which is almost guaranteed to have at least one copy on hand unless there are too many of you in the same town borrowing them all at once. Or, if none of those options appeal to you, I hope you'll consider reading it online at e-texts, which is run by the lovely and talented Margaret C. Sullivan, authoress of The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World (from Quirk Books, the same folks who brought you P&P&Z and S&S&S, although Maggie's book is far superior to either of the Austen rip-offs) and keeper of the sites Mollands and Tilneys and Trap Doors and editrix of AustenBlog, one of the preeminent Austen sites on the interweb.

You see, I've left you lots of options for finding and reading the text. And I hope that many of you (or your spouses, in the case of Jon Gibbs) will.
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