Clarity and Complexity: Mansfield Park Begins

The celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mansfield Park starts today at

Sarah Emsley

Happy 200th anniversary to Mansfield Park , published on this day in 1814. Mansfield Park is not as famous as Jane Austen’s “darling child”  Pride and Prejudice,  but it’s still beloved, and the celebrations are just beginning. Please join us here every Friday this year as we read the novel together – open “Your Invitation to Mansfield Park for more details.

An Invitation to Mansfield Park

I’m very happy to introduce Lyn Bennett’s guest post on the opening paragraph of Mansfield Park. Lyn is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, where she teaches classes in rhetoric, writing, and close reading. As well as Women Writing of Divinest Things (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2004), she has published numerous articles on topics rhetorical and literary, from public discourse in Interregnum England, to interdisciplinarity in literary studies, to the critical reception of Edith Wharton. (Hooray for Edith Wharton!) Her current research focuses on medicine, illness, and the 17th-century writer…

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