My esteemed colleague Ken Morefield has begun blogging his own “close reading” of Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Whether you want to read along and understand Emma better, or follow a master’s example in your own reading—especially useful for those taking literature courses—it’s educating and entertaining. Think of Dr. Morefield as your guide through the literary wilderness. (Thinking of Jane Austen’s novels as uncharted jungle territory makes me laugh, but whatever helps!)

For more nuts-and-bolts on this close-reading stuff, also useful for non-fiction and poetry, check out some close-reading advice from Harvard U or a model close-reading of a Tennyson poem.