Free online class on Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell starting 9/16!

Tonight, the Mythgard Institute‘s free online series — Mythgard Academy — will begin its discussion of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell led by Dr. Corey Olsen (The Tolkien Professor). I personally invite and encourage you all to attend these discussions live! They’ll happen weekly at 9:30 pm EDT on Wednesdays for the next few months (it’s quite a long book).

You can register to attend here, and also download the audio or video of any classes you miss after the fact.

For anyone who is not familiar with the book and is wondering why you should care, check out this post I wrote for Mythgard’s blog which gives a brief introduction to the book’s main ideas.

You can also watch and download past Mythgard Academy classes here.

I hope to see you there! If you end up participating, let me know in the comments what you think of the book and the lecture series.


About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.
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2 Responses to Free online class on Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell starting 9/16!

  1. isobelayres says:

    Interesting article you wrote! Although I have to say, it’s not at all a Victorian novel of manners. It’s set in, and in the style of, the late-Georgian/Regency period, which was culturally a very different thing. The Napoleonic wars were over more than twenty years before Queen Victoria took the throne in 1837…Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell ends in 1817.

    Interesting that you see so much Dickens in Clarke, too. I see much more by way of Austen (agreed), but also Richardson, Fielding, Swift and Thackeray. I think there is far more of the earthy Georgian in Jonathan Strange than there are Victorian sentiments. Dickens, whilst huge in scope, is so often sentimental and there is none of that in Clarke at all.

    The Georgians were altogether more earthy, practical, ribald and irreverent than the Victorians. You see it in Austen’s letters, where she jokes about a neighbour miscarrying because she looked at her very ugly husband by accident. The Victorians would have been horrified.

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