The second meeting to discuss Northanger Abbey started perfectly on time. Unusual for us Italians, but true. There were three new acquisitions but some of us were, unfortunately, ill at home. Anyhow, Northanger Abbey and its delightful plot and characters let us have a very good time.
We talked about
- Northanger Abbey as an experiment of metaliterature;
- Catherine Morland as an antiheroine; comparison with Marianne Dashwood;
- JA's Bath and its wordly life;
- Henry Tilney, his characterization, comparison with the male characters in Sense and Sensibility;
- parody of the gothic taste
- Minor characters and comedy: Mr and Mrs Allen
- Siblings & parallelisms: The Thorpes, The Tilneys
- The gothic setting of Northanger Abbey
- Education as a torment (Book I, ch. 14)
We also read some excerpts from the book and finally watched two fragments from ITV Northanger Abbey (2007) starring Felicity Jones and J.J. Feild.
Most of the girls are enthusiastic and eager to go on with this experienc. At least, this is the impression I get from their comments and smiles! The more hermetic of our group is still convinced we are reading romances, just romances. She feels Jane Austen's style is affected and her stories shallow. We , all we, tried to convince her of the contrary but we really had a hard time. Can you guess who she is from the photos?