During my long hiatus from blogging here, I read a lot of posts about Mansfield Park. Here is a collection of them:
Jane Austen’s Microcosm: Grumpy husbands, silly wives, and schemes of happiness: real marriages in Jane Austen’s novels; By Monica Descalzi
— A discussion of marriages in Jane Austen’s novels. Mrs. Grant features amongst the array.
Jane Austen’s Microcosm: Nine children and a very small income: How poor are the Prices?; By Monica Descalzi
— About the Prices’ lifestyle. Although they aren’t about Mansfield Park, here are a couple more interesting articles from the same blog: ‘Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint’ and ‘Lady Novelists: Anna Lefroy’s and Charlotte Brontë’s opinions of Emma’.
Miranda Writes: In Defense of Fanny Price; By mirhawk13
— “It is difficult for rectitude of mind to survive in a setting where it is continually downtrodden. Strength of mind and strength of conviction are both necessary to the survival of principle. In a setting where one’s values and ideals are constantly being reaffirmed and upheld by one’s companions, it’s easy to hang on to those values.”
The Guardian: Move over Lizzie Bennet – let’s hear it for the unsung heroine; By John Mullan, et al.
— “Yet in creating a heroine condemned to suffer in secret and powerlessly to watch the follies of others, Austen managed something as audacious as the invention of Elizabeth Bennet.”
Femnista: The Vanity of Mrs. Norris; By Lianne M. Bernardo
— “She may not possess nefarious magical powers used for ill. She may not live in an eerie castle or have a deadly criminal past. Her goal in life is not world domination. But …”
The Spindle of Necessity: What can Jane Austen show us about the 21st Century?; By Christopher Sanderson
— “Today, it seems as if human emotion is a mere shadow of what it once was in Austen’s time.”
Wuthering Expectations: Why is Mansfield Park Jane Austen’s best book?; By Amateur Reader (Tom)
— “Characters in Pride and Prejudice talk about each other; characters in Mansfield Park talk about apricots, cream cheeses, necklaces, whether the turkey needs to be cooked tonight, horses, who gets to sit in which seat of the carriage, and which child gets to play with the knife.”
Lady Disdain Notes: Austen & Me, Then & Now; By Lady Disdain
— This one doesn’t actually have a whole lot about Mansfield Park in particular, but the comparison of the author’s initial and current perspectives on Jane Austen’s novels was intriguing.
The Telegraph: Susanna Clarke introduces her choice for December: ‘Mansfield Park’ by Jane Austen; By Susanna Clarke
— I found this article by Susanna Clarke (known as the author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) after reading the post ‘Subversive Heroines’ on Old-Fashioned Fruitcake by Deborah Markarios.
The Curious Archaeologist: Reconstructing the Regency — The Red Books of Humphry Repton; By gordon759
— This article includes some before and after pictures of Humphry Repton’s work. Repton is the real-life landscape gardener mentioned in Mansfield Park.
Girl with Whimsy: Current Read: Mansfield Park; By Marie
— Someone just starting to read Mansfield Park. She continued on to write ‘Character Study: Fanny Price’, ‘What Jane’s Novels Are Made Of (According to One Geeky Reviewer)’, and ‘Things Jane Taught Me’. (Here’s another interesting one, though it doesn’t mention Mansfield Park: ‘Controversial Characters: Emma Woodhouse’.)
Bookheathen’s Right to Read: Mansfield Park; By Bookheathen
— “It is a story about people, about their merits and flaws, and about how they react to society’s claims on them.”
Stories from the Past: Falling for Fanny – Guest post by Leenie Brown
— About adoption and gratitude.
Rather Mundane: Mansfield Park; By JDANM
— “[H]ave any of you read Mansfield Park and (which is the rarity) enjoyed the novel and liked the heroine, Fanny Price?”
My Journal of Imaginary People: Mansfield Park and Good Villains; By hellmouthtvreview
— “I loved the book, most of all, for its villains.”
— Two articles about Fanny Price and Mansfield Park. The second one links to several more posts the author has written about Mansfield Park.
— Two posts from Sarah Emsley’s celebration of Mansfield Park’s bicentennial.
Kimberly Truesdale: A Modern “Mansfield Park” in “Holidays With Jane: Spring Fever”; By Kim
— A bit about the author’s retelling of Mansfield Park, along with a bit about her inspiration.
Book Perfume: Jane Austen’s Rascals: Ranked; By Stephanie Burns
— Henry Crawford makes a list of Jane Austen’s rogues and rascals.
Lizzy Reads Books: In defense of Mansfield Park; By Lizzy
— A recommendation of Mansfield Park.