Events and Programs
Annapolis, Continuing Education and Fine Arts Program
Seminar – Fall 2013
A community seminar is composed of approximately 15 students and one tutor engaged in the study of a single book, work, problem, or theme. Each meeting begins with a question posed by the tutor based on the assigned reading; the question is meant to begin the conversation, not to elicit a correct answer. The conversation is characterized by openness, reason, clarity, and civility. Every seminar member is encouraged to take part, to candidly state his or her views, and to be attentive to others.
Jane Austen: Persuasion and Emma
Tutor: Janice Macaulay
Tuesday, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
September 17 – October 22
Mellon Hall, Room 101
Tuition: $180. 6 sessions
Jane Austen created two very different heroines in these two novels. In Persuasion, her last complete novel, Anne Elliot had been persuaded to reject the marriage proposal of the man she loves. Eight years later, haunted by a sense of loss, a more mature Anne encounters Captain Wentworth once again and scarcely dares to hope for a second chance at happiness.
Unlike Anne, Emma Woodhouse is wealthy, witty, and attractive, but accustomed to getting her own way. Her matchmaking schemes play with other people’s emotions, and eventually she is forced to confront her own willfulness and smug self-regard.
Both novels explore the characters’ paths toward self-knowledge. Austen is essentially a moralist: she writes with comic satire and gentle irony about the choices facing intelligent, honest, and sensitive people in a society filled with folly, vanity, and selfishness.
Suggested translation/text: Any editions are acceptable.
First assignment: Persuasion, Volume 1 (chapters 1-12)