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Posted by Betsy on October 04, 1997 at 16:53:26:
In response to Hello from a new Jane Austen Lover, written by Kelly Davis on October 04, 1997 at 16:22:16
] Hello--I wanted to post a comment in regards to Sari's comment about Knightly being so ugly in the BBC film. From what I've discovered as a student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Knightly is supposed to be ugly.
How did you get to that? (not asked in a critical tone, but
honestly just wondering) The only thing I can find in the
book is when Emma notices how well looking Mr. Knightley is
compared to all the other men not dancing at the ball. Is
this sort of character scheme in some of her other writings
or am I just oblivious to details when I read?
My subject is: How to teach Jane Austen to contemporary American High School students and make it fun. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you ever so much!!
You know, I'd have a tough time helping you with that
because I think it's so OBVIOUS that JA's work is great!
I'd wonder why someone needed to have it made fun because
it already is! Then again, I remember that I learned to
love JA because my high school English teacher loved her
so passionately. He had such a great delight in her wit
and would spend a lot of time making the period real to
us so we could appreciate what was really being said. I
would think (and I'm not an expert at all) that if you
wanted to make JA fun for high schoolers that you would
start with her truly wicked humor -- making sure they
concentrate on undrestanding the language -- and then go
on from there.
But that's just me. Let us know what you come up with?
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