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    About the Project

    The city of Bath has always been a social gathering place known for the hot springs which were believed to have medicinal (or even spiritual) properties. The social activities which were at the heart of life in Bath had to abide by a set of rules. Jane Austen’s novels which are set in the city of Bath convey humor and messages in the way they  bend or break these rules. Her life and novels in Bath are wrapped around the importance of groups and socializing.  In today’s environment where large social gatherings are no longer possible, it is entertaining (and educational) to study what role social gatherings have historically played.…

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    Source Material & Acknowledgements

    Feltham, John. A Guide to all the Watering and Sea-Bathing Places.  London: Longman, 1815. The New Bath Guide; or, Useful Pocket Companion for All Persons Residing at or Resorting to This Ancient City. Bath: R. Cruttwell, 1799.  Lane, Maggie. A Charming Place: Bath in the Life and Novels of Jane Austen. Bath: Millstream Books, 1996.  Watkins, Susan. Jane Austen In Style. London: Thames And Hudson, 1990.  Nicolson, Nigel. The World of Jane Austen. London: George Weidenfeld & Nicolson Limited, 1991. Acknowledgements Thank you to Dr. Roxanne Eberle, Associate Professor & Associate Head of the Department of English at the University of Georgia, for sharing her knowledge about Jane Austen and…

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    Omeka Reflection

    As a part of my Writing for the Web class (the class for which I finally started this blog) I have been working on a feature story as a final project. My feature story is a multi-modal, interactive website where you can virtually explore the 19th century city of Bath in the time when Jane Austen lived there. In order to create this blog in the way I envisioned it, I needed to use a new application, a new plugin, and lots of assistance! Keep reading to learn more about how I learned to use Omeka to create an online exhibition for this project. Check out this blog which turned…

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    Instagram Analysis – Social Media Diary

    In this blog, I am doing a study of my own bookstagram account. Now, I can in no way say that I am a very successful bookstagramer in terms of followers or consistency. In fact, the last time I posted was in July. So my first foray into the bookstagram world turned out to be short lived. However, I do want to share the things I learned about running a bookstagram; maybe in the process, I will even inspire myself to get back in the game and continue posting on my account, now that I can link it to my actual blog! What is a Bookstagram? As I’ve shared in…

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    Book Review: Captive Kingdom

    Seven years after the Ascendance Series presumably came to a close, a fourth book has been released, picking up just after the end of the third book. Pick up this book if: you like witty and ingenious thrillers with an incredible amount of inspiring resourcefulness. Don’t pick up this book if: you get annoyed with self-sabotaging characters whose good intentions sometimes blind them to their own faults. Ok, I have been so excited to read this book! The original trilogy is one of my favorites I have ever read. They are just such a fun combination of adventure, wit, and emotion. The characters are incredible, and the plot never ceases…

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    Book Aesthetics

    There is something that I find very satisfying about diving into an entire literary world. A story is not just between the pages. With some books, I have an ideal place I like to read them or there is a type of weather that seems to match the mood. Obviously, most of these details are left up to the imagination, but it is always fun to exercise my creativity by thinking about the aesthetic of some of my favorite books! Join me and share your ideas about these books, or about favorites of your own! Emma Jane Austen’s Emma is the perfect book to read in a beautiful botanical garden.…

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    Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

    The prequel to Suzanne Collins Hunger Games trilogy adds another layer of twisted morality and raises questions about the nature of humanity. Pick up this book if: you like origin stories and understanding the motive and rationalization of a story’s villain.  Don’t pick up this book if: you need to be able to relate to and agree with the protagonist. In this book: You will find an only slightly dystopian world which is not too far a stretch from our own. Coriolanus and Tigris Snow are two cousins of the once mighty family which has fallen on hard times in the Dark Days of the war. Coriolanus has the weight…

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    5 Rules of Regency Era Dance Etiquette

    And How Jane Austen Broke Them The past few blog posts have been a focused, academical look into Jane Austen’s world. I have learned that research and immersion into an author’s life and culture reveals a much deeper understanding of their novels and characters. Whether you love Jane Austen’s novels or not, they are always a part of a wider conversation. By learning more about the world she lived in, we as readers can get a greater picture of how and why her novels have garnered such attention and even shaped much of the literary canon. Looking at Regency dance etiquette today, the rules seem limiting, often sexist, and generally…

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    Socializing in Regency Era Bath

    People have always gathered in social centers. There is something to be said for the importance of social gatherings and relating to others in a communal way. Today there is a new appreciation and longing for the ability to gather in large groups of people for community. We are appreciative of the opportunity to connect online, but I imagine that others, like me, miss something about knowing that there were certain social centers where community happened. There was always a promise of seeing your people there and meeting new people, the combination which always produced an elation and emotion of exploration. In Jane Austen’s novels, all of her plots center…

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    Explore the World (through the Web)

    My online Journey This past summer, I was supposed to take my two penultimate English classes at Oxford University. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Or… almost a twice in a lifetime opportunity. I had been accepted into another English study abroad at Oxford the summer before, but I had ended up turning it down because of a family emergency.  So when I found out that I could work my classes around another study abroad for the summer of 2020, I was ecstatic. I worked my entire schedule around taking the two classes that I wanted in Oxford – a Jane Austen class and a Shakespeare class. What…

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