"So you think you know all the right answers to all the right questions about Jane Austen's Emma?" (OR Emma's Secret Subplot -Ed)Its aura of mystery has never been adequately explained. This presentation will first summarize, and put in context, numerous discoveries, past and present, regarding the puzzles of Emma, particularly those in Chapter 9.
Then it will demonstrate a method for applying those puzzle answers to their primary, but concealed, purpose: as a Rosetta Stone to demystify the novel's obvious riddle--the vexed relationship of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill--but also the novel's second, but concealed, riddle---the seemingly straightforward, but actually quite mysterious, Mr. Knightley, acting behind the scenes to orchestrate the actions of others in the novel."
Mr. Perlstein is an independent scholar from South Florida.
Join us at 5p.m. Room 10 Oxford University English Faculty, Thursday June 7th.