E 379S • Senior Seminar--Jane Austen: Tradition and Achievement
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Previously offered as 379S (Senior Seminar--Jane Austen: Tradition, Achievement, Response).
Jane Austen may be the best-selling novelist of all time. She is one of the few authors whose work is regularly read for pleasure by a general audience almost 200 years after it was written. She is an author whose critical reputation is secure--indeed, rising--within the academy. And she has recently become something of a media star--230 years after her birth--because of a succession of successful filmed adaptations of her work.
This seminar will offer readings in all six of Jane Austen's canonical novels--Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion--as well as selections from the Juvenilia (i.e. her unpublished youthful writing), Lady Susan, the fragment Sanditon and her surviving letters. Significant attention will be paid to Austen's life and social environment and to past and current critical debates regarding her work. In addition, we will view some of the spate of recent films and discuss their relation to the novels.
Two 2-page memos 10% each
One oral report & write-up 20%
One 5-page essay 20%
One 8-page research paper 35%
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice