Handout for 2/8

February 8: Austen (4). Systematic aspects of fictional characterization: flat and round, major and minor. Our discussion focused on what becomes of Elizabeth, whose “roundness” produces a complex transformation which is not necessarily all to the good. Woloch teaches us to ask why certain kinds of characteristics are relegated to flatness and minorness whereas others receive the fullness of narrative attention and sympathy.

The second page of the handout consists of bonus material: a hint from the historian E.P. Thompson about the historical context for the novel. There are soldiers quartered in Meryton: what war are they fighting? Does it matter?

Author: AG

Associate Professor, Department of English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick