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In class tomorrow, we'll devote most of our time to wrapping up our discussion of Frankenstein. But in your reading, you should be getting a start on our next text, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.

Instead of answering a question here for tomorrow's class, please head on over to Annotated Literary Texts, read the instructions there for how to annotate a text, and add an annotation to the this paragraph from Chapter One of Northanger Abbey.

If you've made some headway in the novel, see if you can pick out a word in the paragraph that links up with an important theme or idea that seems to be developing as Austen's story unfolds. Write about it. But as the main page for Annotated Literary Texts points out, there are multiple ways that you can annotate.


At Annotated Literary Texts, you'll be doing collaborative writing. An important difference between discussion and collaborative writing is that in the latter, you have the opportunity to edit other people's work, and you must not be afraid to do so. If someone else has already written on a word that interests you, you can simply add to what that person has written. But if you find an error in someone else's writing, correct it. If you can think of a way to improve what someone else has written, do so. An annotation should not read like a conversation; it should be written in one voice. Think of yourselves as co-authors in a joint project, not as individuals recording personal views or impressions.

You can complete this assignment any time before the beginning of tomorrow's class.

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