Emma: A Jane Austen Whodunit | Newberry

Emma: A Jane Austen Whodunit

Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Three sessions, Saturdays, May 1 - May 15

1 - 3 pm (Central Time)

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Seminar Description

Jane Austen’s 1815 novel is a satirical proto-mystery novel, though instead of corpses we have couples that need proper matching up. Austen provides us with a clueless heroine, hidden hints, and red herrings, so that reading this novel is an exercise in literary detection. We will discuss this early masterpiece of literary realism that focuses on a deluded protagonist in order to explore the themes of interpretation and misinterpretation, illusion versus reality, and the role of women in nineteenth-century English society.

Three sessions. Registration – $170

Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch is the Assistant Director of the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern University, where she also teaches literature classes.

Materials List


  • Emma by Jane Austen. Norton Critical Editions, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0393927641

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read Volume I of Jane Austen’s Emma.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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