18 Study Questions Austen - Study Questions Austen, Pride...

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Study Questions Austen, Pride and Prejudice E316K Bruster This novel was originally issued in three volumes in 1813. I have ordered the Norton Critical edition of the work because it has useful notes--and valuable excerpts from criticism and primary texts at its close. I will not test you on any of the information in the “Background and Sources” section (pp. 255-413), though you may wish to poke around in these things to enrich your understanding of Austen’s novel. A good way to tackle any large work of fiction is to keep good track of the characters and plot. To that end, I have saved on the Blackboard site a .png file with a map of characters from Pride and Prejudice that charts their relations: Pride and Prejudice: Character Map (PNG file). In addition to understanding the characters’ identities and relationships, you may wish to keep a chapter-by-chapter chronicle of what happens in the novel: who does what to whom, how, why, and with what effect? What is happening to and among the novel’s various characters? Who or what is making things happen here? Once you’ve mastered the characters and the plot, you’re ready to address the real joy of fiction, which involves not only the work’s structure and rhythms, but also—and especially, with Austen—the artist’s style. Story—Text--Narration About the novel’s structure: One of the distinctions we will make with Austen—a distinction that holds for every work of narrative fiction—involves the differences
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