Lecture 3 Pride and Prejudice Pt 2 2013 - 3 ENGL 4715.476 The Eighteenth-Century British Novel LECTURE 3 On Pride and Prejudice(1813 Pt 2 Dr Barbara

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3 ENGL 4715.476: The Eighteenth-Century British Novel LECTURE 3: On Pride and Prejudice (1813), Pt. 2 Dr. Barbara Fitzpatrick “The work [ P&P ]is rather too light & bright & sparkling;-- it wants shade;… --or anything that would form a contrast & bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness & Epigrammatism of the general stile.” ~Austen, Letter to Cassandra, 4 February 1813 In the third week of the course you will finish reading Pride and Prejudice (if you haven’t already), read this second Pride and Prejudice lecture, begin reading Moll Flanders, and if you wish, respond to the optional Extra Credit Assignment 1. I also expect you to be continuing to discuss Assignment 1 at the Discussion Board. The character of Darcy In this second lecture on Pride and Prejudice, w ith some trepidation I’ m going to criticize the character of Darcy not the idea of Darcy, which is indeed attractive but Austen’s development of his character. Even though Austen did not revise First Impressions until 1812 and thus after the gap of about ten years in which she did not write, the resulting novel does not quite match the maturity of her last three finished works, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion. For me, one reason for the lack seems to lie in the presentation of Darcy. True, in the later novels Austen continues to devote most of her attention to the minds of the female protagonists, but the male protagonists, particularly Mr. Knightley in Emma, seem more organically developed and convincingly real. In thinking about why reading Pride and Prejudice is so pleasurable, I caught at the idea of balance between the two main characters —I was watching a “Featurette” about the making of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice film adaptation (the “Colin Firth” version) , and

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