I’m teaching Pride and Prejudice this week, Gentle Reader, and I am so excited to share one of my favorite novels with my students. There is something so intensely smart about P&P that to work through it, looking at all of the discussions of money, class, gender, politics, etc. is a fun ride.
I loathe it when people think Jane Austen is “fluff.” I had this conversation at a recent conference when someone (a man) asked, “What does Jane Austen write about other than romance?” Another doctorate and I both said, at the same time, “Well, money.” Which is true. They may be romances, but they are first and foremost about money, about gender and class, about the problems of the 18th and 19th centuries, especially for women.
That being said, I am also excited about seeing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, because I do love silliness. But I found Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters to be the better book. P&P&Z was a bit one-note, while the other was developed.
What’s your favorite classic novel, Friends?