Dragaera and Shakespeare

Ruhlen, Rachel Louise (UMC-Student) RuhlenR at missouri.edu
Thu Feb 20 20:04:56 PST 2003

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Philip Hart [mailto:philiph at SLAC.Stanford.EDU] 
> Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 9:57 PM
> To: Mia McDavid
> Cc: dragaera at dragaera.info
> Subject: Re: Dragaera and Shakespeare
> On Thu, 20 Feb 2003, Mia McDavid wrote:
> > Philip Hart mentions authors interested in theater:
> >
> >  >Austen (_Mansfield Park_)
> >
> > IIRC, the theatrical goings-on in that novel were, in fact, Unwise, 
> > and a source of Temptation, and led to Folly and Ruin.
> Cool caps.
> I didn't like that book until I learned to take Miss Crawford 
> as the heroine, from which viewpoint the goings-on were a 
> valiant struggle for freedom or something.

We call it the Freaky Chick book. Fanny is definitely one of Austen's
stranger characters ever. Have you seen the more recent movie version? I
like Miss Crawford too.

Charlotte Bronte had that thing in Jane Eyre where they played charades
but it was really elaborate and theatrical, with props & costumes. She
wasn't so negative about it although, like in Mansfield Park, it was
also used as a means for flirtations etc.