Classic Remarks is meme that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation. This is a new meme we’re starting here at Pages Unbound, and the first discussion question is scheduled for this Friday, so mark your calendars! The schedule for the month is below, but you can find the discussion questions for the entire year under our “Classic Remarks” tab.
July 15: Is Jane Eyre‘s Rochester an attractive and brooding love interest, or dangerously manipulative?
July 22: Some argue Jane Austen writes “fluff” and others argue she belongs in the canon because she writes witty social commentary. Do you think Austen belongs in the canon? Why or why not?
July 29: Is Romeo and Juliet a tragic love story or an ironic comedy? Should we take the play seriously when its protagonists are so young?