Mansfield Park at 200: An Exploration of Jane Austen’s Novel

Saturday, February 22, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, February 22 – March 29

10 am – Noon

Led by Jeffrey Nigro

Last year marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, arguably Jane Austen’s best-loved novel. Austen anniversaries continue this year with the bicentennial of Mansfield Park, probably the novelist’s most complex and challenging work. Although it is less obviously humorous than its predecessor, Mansfield Park asks many difficult questions: how do you stay true to yourself? What do we owe our fellow human beings? How do we define family, home, and correct moral behavior? For the first session, please read Volume 1, Chapters 1-12.

Jeffrey Nigro is active in the Jane Austen Society of North America as a lecturer and writer and is currently coordinator of the Society’s Greater Chicago Region.

Materials List

  • Jane Austen, Mansfield Park. Preferred edition: Oxford World’s Classics, ed. by James Kingsley, with an introduction and notes by Jane Stabler (ISBN: 978-0-19-953553-8)
  • Note: this edition is not absolutely necessary; participants may have their own copies, hard copy or digital
  • Excerpts from critical essays on Mansfield Park (photocopies will be provided)

Readings for the First Session:

  • For the first session, please read Volume 1, Chapters I-XII of Mansfield Park (pp. 3-95 in the Oxford paperback edition).

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $200.
Register Online.