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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2008

E 379S • Jane Austen: Tradition and Achievement

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35575 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 103

Course Description

As part of our University-directed self-assessment project, the English Department has initiated an ePortfolio program for English majors. You will be asked to submit, in electronic form, two documents--a one page essay on the English major and a copy of your final paper for the seminar. Additionally, you will be asked to complete a brief four question survey. During the semester, you will receive details from your instructor or from the English Department on completing the survey and submitting the documents on your senior seminar's Blackboard website.

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Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion--as well as selections from the Juvenilia (i.e. her unpublished youthful writing), Lady Susan, the fragment Sanditon and her surviving letters.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.

Grading Policy

Two 2-page memos 10% each = 20%
One oral report & writeup 20%
One 5-page essay 20%
One 8-page research paper 35%
Participation 5%


Northanger Abbey
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
Mansfield Park
Lady Susan


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