7 thoughts on “Contact”

  1. Hi Sarah,
    I replied to your linking to my Virginia Woolf blog. The message might not get to you in that way. I don’t usually used Word Press. My everyday blog is on Blogger. However, in case you don’t get the original message here it is again.

    Hi Sarah, thanks for linking to my Virginia Woolf blog. I had a thing for her a few years ago and started reading all her novels from the first. I intended to write my thoughts on each novel as I went along. I wanted to do it all in a year. Ididn’t realise how hard that would be.
    She was quite a philosopher and explored many new ideas. You just have to look at the people she associated with. I loved doing it but got quite exhausted with it. Orlando threw me a bit. I was getting into her way of looking at the world in a sort of cubist way almost. Then Orlando came along. It confused me.
    I stopped for a rest .
    I haven’t gone back to it for I while but I will. I love Virginia Woolf, but she probably wouldn’t have loved me!!!
    I have been to most Virginia Woolf sites. Near me, in Richmond,is Hogarth House where she began The Hogarth Press with her husband Leonard.
    Hope you get a good title for your project. I probably didn’t help.
    All the best,
    Sent from my iPhone

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    • Hi Tony, I did see your comment on today’s blog post about the Northanger Abbey and Persuasion series, so I’ve replied there, and I hope WordPress sent it to you. I’m delighted to have all your suggestions for titles — thank you!


  2. Hi Sarah. I have just commented on your interview with your friend Sheila. I thought it was a very good interview. I asked a question. However my comment and question appears to have disappeared. I spent a couple of weeks recently in Hamilton, Ontario with an old school friend. I enjoyed my first experience of Canada.All the best, Tony


    • Hi Tony, I’m glad you enjoyed the Q&A with Sheila. That’s odd that your comment disappeared — do you want to ask your question again here and I’ll pass it along to Sheila? Great to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Canada!


      • Hi Sarah, I will have to think how I put it.

        ” Thank you for this very interesting interview, Sheila. I like the idea of you using your expertise in philosophy to do a character study of Fanny.
        You say in one answer,
        “She was susceptible to the expectations about appropriate behaviour of young women of her class, and she was influenced by the ideology of domesticity to which they were expected to conform. Fanny’s letters show that she recognized the importance of a particular code of conduct but at the same time was developing her own sense of identity and autonomy.”
        I always find Jane Austen could be subversive in the sense that she poses questions about the rules and pressures of the society she lived in. Do you mean to say that Fanny, ,” developing her own sense of identity,” questioned her role and societies norms like her illustrious sister in-law or was she merely subservient?


        • Sheila Kindred said:

          Hi Tony,
          You raise an interesting question about the extent to which Fanny Austen chaffed at expectations regarding genteel behaviour in the domestic sphere. I agree that Jane Austen manages to pose serious questions about the rules and pressures in the society in which she lived in. In Fanny Austen’s case I think there is evidence that she was developing a critical attitude to societal constraints and was becoming increasingly aware of her own sense of personal identity, but she did not live long enough to fully articulate this in print and practice.


  3. Just a thought, Sarah. Who is your target audience with this series of articles about Northangar Abbey? I presume, white middle class Americans. Is Jane |Austen really part of your culture? My thought on this subject is that the global super power Britain was in the 18th century is how America likes to see itself now. There are ,”comfort food,” resonances. I have had a discussion with Mags on this subject. Why are there no African Americans in JASNA? The British 18th century wasn’t amenable to Africans. What about other levels of society? You seem to have created an, ” in house,” silky smooth writing style, for your contributors to adhere to There is one danger for academics writing like this. The important ideas and analysis can begin to get lost in smooth, perfect sentences that sound like poetry.


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