In this episode, we read chapters 32 to 36 of Emma. We talk about the civil society of Highbury, why Jane puts up with Mrs Elton, and Emma’s dinner party.
The character we discuss is Mrs Elton, and Ellen talks about governesses. In the popular culture section, Harriet talks about the 2013 YouTube series Emma Approved.
Things we mention:
- Diana Birchall, In Defense of Mrs Elton (1999)
- John Mullan [Editor], The Oxford World’s Classics Edition of the Works of Jane Austen: Emma (2022)
- Mary Deforest, ‘Mrs. Elton and the Slave Trade‘ Persuasions 9, 1987
- Lona Manning, ‘What is Austen saying with Mrs. Elton?‘, 9 February 2023
- John Sutherland, Can Jane Eyre be happy? (2000)
- Thomas Gray, ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard‘ (1751)
- Elizabeth Eastlake, ‘Vanity Fair and Jane Eyre‘, Quarterly Review 84, 1848
- Anna Jameson, The Diary of an Ennuyée (1826)
- William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1847)
- Maria Edgeworth, The Good French Governess (1801)
- Ellen Jordan, The Women’s Movement and Women’s Employment in Nineteenth Century Britain (1999)
Popular culture discussion:
- Main version considered:
- YouTube, Pemberley Digital, Emma Approved (2013) – starring Joanna Sotomura and Brent Bailey
- Other references
Creative commons music used:
- Extract from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata No. 12 in F Major, ii. Adagio.
- Extract from Joseph Haydn, Piano Sonata No. 38. Performance by Ivan Ilić, recorded in Manchester in December, 2006. File originally from IMSLP.
- Extract from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata No. 13 in B-Flat Major, iii. Allegretto Grazioso. File originally from Musopen.
- Extract from George Frideric Handel, Suite I, No. 2 in F Major, ii. Allegro. File originally from Musopen.
- Extract from Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major. File originally from Musopen.